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Maggie's Farm Simply Effective Natural Insect Repellent


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This 6 oz DEET-FREE natural insect repellent is a plant oil-based aerosol that provides effective protection against mosquitoes, ticks, and flies.

  • Our natural insect repellent protects against mosquitoes, ticks and flies
  • Safe for the entire family when used as directed
  • Formulated using natural plant oils as the active ingredients
  • Contains moisturizing hemp seed oil and vitamin E
  • Absorbs fast
  • Natural fresh scent
  • Excellent bug spray for kids
  • May also be used on dogs, horses, and other animals
  • Classified as a minimum-risk pesticide under EPA FIFRA 25(b)
  • Contains no Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which are harmful to the ozone layer
  • Recyclable container

Active Ingredients: Corn oil, Soybean oil, Lemongrass oil, Geraniol, Citronella oil, Clove oil

Inert Ingredient: Isopropyl alcohol, Glycerin, Hemp seed oil, Vitamin E, Nitrogen

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How to use Maggie's Farm Insect Repellent:

Always read label directions and precautions prior to use. Shake well before using and periodically during use.

Hold container 6 to 8 inches from exposed skin and spray with a slow sweeping motion. Slightly moisten skin with product, then work into skin by hand after application for maximum protection. To apply to face, first spray a small amount in the palm of hand and then spread on face and neck. Do not spray eyes, nose, or mouth directly. Do not apply to clothing as product may cause staining. Reapply every 2 hours or as needed. May also be used on dogs, horses, and other animals. Do not use on cats, birds, or reptiles. Avoid the eyes, nose/nostrils and genitals when applying to animals.

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Q. Can I use Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent on my pet?

A. Yes, our natural insect repellent is labeled for use on animals such as dogs, horses, and other animals, but cannot be used on cats, birds, or reptiles (as these animals are more sensitive to the plant oils in the product). As with any repellent product, it is important to follow the label's "Directions for Use" carefully.

Q. How often do I need to reapply the Maggie’s Farm Insect Repellent to protect against mosquito bites?

A. We recommend reapplying it every 2 hours or as needed

Q. What is hemp seed oil that is listed as an inert ingredient?

A. Hemp seed oil comes from the small seeds of the Cannabis Sativa plant, and is not the same as cannabidiol (CBD) oil. The vitamins and fatty acids in the hemp seed oil help to keep skin healthy and moisturized.

Q: What is the best natural insect repellent? 

A. There are several types of “natural” insect repellents on the market.  Natural essential oils have been used for centuries to kill and repel insects of all kinds. Among the most effective essential oils used against insects and other pests like spiders include: Lemongrass oil, Geraniol, Soybean oil, and Citronella oil, all of which are used in the formulation of Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent.

Q: What is the best homemade mosquito repellent?

A. Clove oil and Citronella oil combined with isopropyl alcohol are among the best direct natural repellents for keeping mosquitoes away. We have not personally tried or can we endorse these essential oils or mixtures as effective against mosquitoes and helping repel them, but Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent contains all of these ingredients.

Q: Is vinegar a good bug repellent? 

A. Vinegar is an effective repellent to some insects, though it attracts others, like fruit flies. Spraying diluted vinegar on surfaces repels ants, spiders, and aphids very well, but a container of vinegar near a fruit fly infestation will attract these tiny flies—on the plus side, they will likely drown in it, so you’ll still end up getting rid of them. Vinegar is an acid, but is harmless to humans. Undiluted, it may cause some irritation to your skin, however. Vinegar can also damage plants, though it will probably not kill your flowers. Use vinegar with caution in your garden and on your indoor and outdoor plants. 

Q: What is the safest bug repellent?

A. The full Maggie’s Farm line of botanical, EPA-exempt pest control products are formulated with plant oils such as rosemary, cinnamon, and peppermint, which are classified by the Environmental Protection Agency for “minimum-risk” pesticides. Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent is formulated using natural botanical oils such as Lemongrass oil, Geraniol, Soybean oil, and Citronella oil. Every active and inert ingredient for the botanical products offered by Maggie’s Farm is approved as a food additive or classified as Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration.

Q: What is a natural insect repellent?

A. The term “natural” is used pretty loosely these days in the pest control industry, but if you are searching for something that acts as a natural repellent there are many options

For mosquitoes in particular, certain plants act as natural insect repellents (e.g., Citronella), but the volume of plants needed in heavily infested mosquito areas might not make this option practical.  There are natural repellent sprays and granules that include garlic and other smells that repel mosquitoes, though these are not typically long-lasting. 

Using a combination of methods (prevention, killing, and repelling) can be very effective.  Check out our article on How to Prevent a Mosquito Infestation Naturally for some easy-to-follow instructions.

Q. What are the ingredients in Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent? 

A. We’ve formulated a DEET-free alternative to conventional insect repellents using these botanical oils as the active ingredients: corn oil, soybean oil, geraniol, lemongrass oil, citronella oil, and clove oil, which all work very well at killing and repelling many kinds of bugs! The inert ingredients include isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, hemp seed oil, Vitamin E, and nitrogen (propellant).

See the Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent label for a full list of active and inert ingredients.

Maggie’s Farm Natural Insect Repellent vs. DEET
DEET has been around as a bug repellent since the 1950s, and is the most popular insect repellent worldwide. If you use it as directed (which includes keeping it away from eyes, mouth, and children’s hands, and washing excess DEET off of skin after coming indoors), it is considered safe for human use. Note that an August 2009 study conducted in France revealed that DEET may have toxic effects not only on the nervous systems of insects, but also of mammals. There are also reports of some rashes and seizures, and evidence to suggest that extended exposure to DEET over a long time is linked to mood disorders, higher rates of insomnia, and impaired cognitive function.

Natural insect repellent with essential oils
On the other hand, there is an extensive list of essential oils that boasts the natural properties of being effective insect killers and repellents, including Cedarwood, Tea Tree, Geranium, Rosemary, Lemongrass, Citronella, Eucalyptus and Cinnamon.  Maggie’s Farm has taken the guesswork out of creating a natural insect repellent, in an easy to use aerosol, so you don’t have to worry about experimenting with a bunch of home remedies.

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Simply Awesome

It works! I have issues with chemicals and have tried to use essential oils for over 30 years. You can only imagine my cheers when I found your products, ones I am not afraid to try, and thrilled with the results.

Kathe B.
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I love that the products are safe for kids and pets, and that there are no harsh chemicals or DEET.

Sara M.


I just bought a can along with a ouple of others to try it out since I seem to have developed an extreme allergic reaction to mosquito bites in the last year. I sprayed it on my most mosquito bitten areas: ankles, knees, elbows & neck, and not a bite in two days of working in the yard and landscape areas where I normally get eaten alive. It does not have the obnoxious smell of DEET and Picaridin repellents. I think I have found the winner.


Jungles of Florida

Unreal paddled thru some of the buggiest creeks and rivers ever in south FL this rainy season passed. All the bugs had teeth crazy stuff. Maggies worked I feel out of the other 2 top brands other paddlers bought at box store with deet , deep woods, picaridin, an what ever sells there product. Maggies Farm Works well and is all natural plus hemp oil vitamin E. Down fall depending on your sweat 2 -3 hrs need to reappy. who cares if it works. end of trip still had after 6 days an 5 nights 1/4 can left. other box store brands were asking me if I had any bug spray on night 4. Good thing I bought back up can. not sure who has the can of maggies now but I bet they will all have it in there back next trip.

Ron G.