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Home Or Away: Your Best Options For A Insect Free, Stress Free Outdoor Lifestyle With Natural Repellents


Whether you are going on a caravan or camping trip or are simply entertaining family and friends outdoors at home, there are several ways to keep the midges away and without dredging everyone with chemical sprays

MARY QUINN 28-03-2021

The bugs and midges will only get more plentiful now that summer is in full swing. We all know how much a hassle the Scottish midge can be especially after a period of heavy breeding. There are quite literally 10s of millions of the blighters hunting for flesh.

The Outdoor Life

Summer is an amazing time best spent outdoors in the sun enjoying many an activity for your family. And as enjoyable as such activities are, there is one downright annoyance we can all agree on. The midge (or the mosquitoes abroad). Midge bites are irritating, causing your skin to breakout and rash.

But dousing on bug spray is not always the best option and not for children and family pets. Far too much potential toxins to worry about.

Have you thought about a chemical and allergy free natural insect repellent solution?

Natural Insect Repellents

I will plug the Highland Midge lotion, of course. This is the market-leading repellent proven to be effective.

Insects are part of camping, hill walking and fishing, any outdoor activity and sport. There is not a lot you can do to avoid them. You can reduce their annoyance with your behaviour and the right product, or do-it-yourself remedy.

Let's look at a list of activities that most of us enjoy, first of all:

  • camping and caravan, travelling

  • leisure sports, golf and fishing

  • hill walking, hiking, woodland and forest

  • gardening and home life, patio and porch

  • indoor dining, late evening entertainment

Pretty much covers all things that an average family gets involved in. What can you do then that helps ease the suffering during the summer and autumn months? Without:

  • busting the family budget

  • is pet friendly

  • is free from questionable ingredients


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  • Only the female midge enjoy feasting on you. The male midge is vegetarian preferring flower nectar.

Flowering Aromatic Plants

There are a few things you can do to keep the midges, other insect life as far away from you as possible. It is known that the oils of Lemongrass are a natural repellent. There are other plants you can grow that qualify as repellent ready:

  • Lemongrass

  • Lavender

  • Geranium

  • Thyme

  • Clove

  • Tea Tree

Simple things such as when walking past, you can rub a leaf between your fingers to release an aroma. Plant the flowers close to those areas where you spend the most time. It is also possible to cut some of the leaves and add them to a table arrangement. You are then sure that no insect is in sight, leaving you alone to get on with your leisure time.

So you now have more indoor plants than you ever thought necessary. Your garden is in full bloom with Geranium as you battle the jungle heading indoors. Anything else?

Young children and pets will need to be careful with berry-bearing plants and bushes. Some berries can be poisonous.

The Campers Candle: Midge Repellent Aroma

Don't forget aromantic fragranced candles and diffusers. Popular at this time of the year are Citronella candles. I find them to be overbearing in the strength of fragrance. Often than not the fragrance is questionable as well.

Any candle handmade with a natural wax, distilled essential oils is a good choice. Essential oils of those mentioned plants above.

One you should consider is the Mary Jean® Camper's Candle: The Midge Repellent Aroma. For indoor use whilst a) camping, b) touring in your motorhome or caravan, c) kitchen and utility room, d) on the porch, conservatory or patio.

This candle is proving to be popular throughout the summer months, well into autumn:

  • easy and light to pack

  • disposable after a weekend away

  • clean and pure for the environment

Affordable and the fragrance natural, likeable. Your time outdoors is bug-free and stress-free. Be that in your back garden or your home away from home, or camping.

The Campers Candle, Outdoor living and Home Garden Midge Repellent Insect Aroma
Campers Candle: Midge Repellent Aroma is an eco-friendly option for your peace of mind and planet, this candle has an enjoyable fragrance and one that works at keeping insects at distance, poured by hand in Fochabers, Speyside.

Chemical Insect Repellents

There are so many products claiming to be natural and allergy-free. Many use synthetic, manufactured compounds, dispersed in a solution of water or oil.

There are obvious chemicals, such as DEET. Documented to have side effects with most humans, and animals. But there are others. Let's go look at them.


Known as DEET and a chemical that is effective at repelling insects but one that harms. Your experience may vary but DEET has been found to cause:

  • blistering and skin irritation

  • headaches and memory loss

  • stiffness in the joints

  • nausea, shortness of breath

When in contact with the sunscreen chemical oxybenzone, DEET is absorbed far more quickly by your skin. DEET has the potential to contaminate groundwater, surface water, and drinking water.


Based on DDT, a banned insecticide chemical composition Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. This chemical is toxic, murderous for the environment and no surprise, a carcinogenic.

I turned the air blue on finding this one out. Can anyone justify the synthesis of such poison?

Particularly nasty, linked to:

  • neurotoxicity, cause of nerve tissue damage

  • loss of coordination

  • cause of muscle trembling and behavioural change

You will be hard-pressed to find this chemical used in a UK or European manufactured product. Because of our strict regulations and enforcement. You may, yet, find it in any number of imported products so be careful to understand what is in a product..

Harmful to marine life and our bees.


Another chemical pesticide, this one manufactured for use in crop spraying.1 Now finding its way into consumer clothing and skincare products. Anything related to repelling the mosquito and other insects.

I doubt any synthetic chemical can be "made to be safe" at any minimal level of exposure. Having said that, far more terrible solutions exist. Yet this chemical could still cause:

  • seizures

  • physiological and behavioural concerns

  • disruption of learning and memory functions

This one as well is poisonous to our marine life and bees. You can't help but think if it can harm them, it can harm us.


There are thousands of chemicals classified as insect repellents, such as:

  • Lambda-cyhalothrin

  • Prallethrin Metofluthrin

  • dl-allethrolone

  • d-trans chrysanthemate

  • Tetramethrin

  • Phenothrin

  • dl-trans allethrin

Without knowing it, many household products may contain these Pyrethroid classed chemicals. All are toxic to our central nervous system. That is you and your children.. yes? The family pets.

Reactions to Pyrethroids include:

  • dermatitis and asthma-like symptoms

  • nausea and loss of coordination

  • itching and burning-like irritations

The worst reported cases of poisoning involve newborns and infants. Their immune system aren't built to defend against such poisons.


Only the black-legged tick (also called the "deer tick") can carry the Lyme Disease. Found all over the world. In the UK and Scottish Highlands, be sure to protect yourself and your family when out and about.


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