Most of us grew up with DEET and didn’t think a whole lot of it. Well, those days are over. DEET is still widely used because it is so darn effective. If you need to keep mosquitoes away you know you can count on DEET. By contrast you’ve probably been told you could try a particular beauty lotion and found that even if works a little bit, you still get thoroughly worked over and have to deal with the bugs a lot.It turns out however that nature has some tricks of her own. Now, insect “systems” … nervous system? neurological? is there a difference? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter for these purposes … insect systems are totally disrupted by a couple of very common compounds produced by plants. This is NOT by chance. Plants produce these compounds to protect themselves from being eaten up by insects (turns out they don’t like bugs so much either!). These plants include some of the mints, geranium, and this lemon eucalyptus.Lemon eucalyptus is actually what they make citronella out of. I myself have never had good luck with citronella. The lemon eucalyptus oil works better. But does this stuff work as well as DEET? Absolutely not. If you are going to spend a week in a swamp then you will *not* find adequate relief from this (nor, likely, from the DEET for that matter). However if you’re going to grill out back with your kids and your dog running around and you want to be able to get some protection that doesn’t have all the health issues but still actually DOES something then this is not a bad bottle to have around. I wish it had mint oils in it too since I’ve found them to be even more effective.If you are a camper (especially a car camper) this is a great spray to have around for when the bugs start to come out but you may not want to rely on it completely if the bugs are real bad.Related: My neighborhood also has a lot of paper wasps and I’ve found EcoSMART Wasp & Hornet Killer 14 oz. Aerosol (2 PACK) to be 100% ideal in killing them. It has mint oils and I trust it to knock out wasps before they have a chance to get mad and sting the kids…. and it does so with a pleasant scent to boot.I’ve also seen and used repellants based on mint to set up a “perimeter” and protect a whole area for a night that I found to be 100% effective.