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This or That: Repel Vs. Pest Defy

This or That: Repel Vs. Pest Defy

It’s always a joy meeting outdoor-loving folks while camping, hiking, sunbathing on the beach or picnicking at the park. Unless they’re bugs. Unfortunately, insects love hanging out with people more than we appreciate their company. To all of you bugs out there, be gone! If asking isn’t enough, EG has just the thing.

Repel synergy blend is a protective combination of Ylang Ylang, Nootka Tree, Cedarwood, Catnip, Lemon Eucalyptus, Litsea, Arborvitae and Vanilla. Unlike over the counter bug sprays, Repel has an earthy aroma that people will love but bugs will find unbearable. Stay protected from unwelcome insects with Repel synergy blend.

This or That: Repel Vs. Pest Defy

Repel and Pest Defy were both created to ban bugs, so how does one decide between these two protective blends? Pest Defy is a simple blend with classic bug repelling EOs like Citronella. EG has remained bug-free on our outdoor adventures over the years with Pest Defy. Repel was formulated with new oils to Edens Garden, such as Nootka Tree and Catnip. We added Catnip as it has been found to be one of the most effective essential oils in repelling bugs naturally. Nepetalactone, a major constituent of Catnip, is currently trying to be produced synthetically by chemists as a replacement for DEET in many commercial bug sprays.

At EG, we understand everyone is different which is why we’ve formulated multiple blends that target the same issue. No matter which one you choose, both Repel and Pest Defy will defend against insects, making your outdoor experience a great one.  

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Edens Garden

November 27, 2019

Hi Sandra! These blends have been tested against biting insect. We’re not sure of their efficacy against common indoor pests.

Sandra

November 27, 2019

Is there a blend help to repel indoor pests? Thank you.

Edens Garden

October 07, 2019

Hi Sherri! Both Repel and Pest Defy are great for what you need. We suggest looking at reviews when deciding which blend is best for you.

Sherri

October 07, 2019

I am a mosquito magnet…they LOVE me. Which would be better for me…Repel or Pest Defy?

Edens Garden

August 20, 2019

Hi Janet! Yes, this is typical of Repel. Many of our essential oils and blends may have slight to vibrant color variations. This is natural, and we do not refine our oils in any way so as to remove color.

Janet E Heinrichs

August 20, 2019

Does the Repel oil itself have a brownish/green color to it? All the oils I’ve ever used have been clear, so am just wondering if my bottle is okay?

Edens Garden

July 22, 2019

Hi Elizabeth! We’re not animal aromatherapists, so we can’t say. You may want to check with an animal aromatherapist. There are two in the industry, Melissa Shelton and Kelly Holland Azzaro. I will link to their Facebook pages below:

Melissa Shelton: https://www.facebook.com/groups/animalEO/
Kelly Holland Azzaro: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1595932084001505/

Elizabeth

July 22, 2019

Hello!
I am wondering if Pest Defy or Repel are safe to dilute and use on my dog? Our mosquitoes are really bad this year and they keep biting her in our backyard.

Edens Garden

July 15, 2019

Hi Andy! In our experience, mosquitoes generally do not land on the host wearing Repel. Apply the roll-on in a line, down the front and back of your arms and legs, and on pulse points. 100% coverage is not necessary.

andy

July 15, 2019

Do mosquitos need to come in direct contact with the Repel to be repelled, or does it create some sort of aroma cloud around you that they sense which repels them before they land? Is Repel simply a repellant, or does it kill them if they touch it (I’m thinking that catnip is lethal to them). My questions are with the thought that if I purchase the roll-on, will I have to cover every square inch of exposed skin, or will let’s say a 80% coverage cause mosquitos to be repelled? 100% coverage with a roll-on seems to be an extremely time consuming process, and open to failure. Thank you!

Edens Garden

July 10, 2019

Hi Rebecca! To make a water-based spray with essential oils, you will need to use a preservative and solubilizer. A cosmetic ingredient manufacturer, or formulator, will be able to give you more information on how to use these types of ingredients.

Rebecca Gregg

July 10, 2019

Using Repel, what could be used in lieu of the grain alcohol for a spray if you don’t have grain alcohol?

Rebecca Gregg

July 10, 2019

Can you mix Repel or Pest Defy with water in a small spray bottle to make a spray? I don’t want to use lotion or carrier oil. Suggestions?

Edens Garden

July 08, 2019

Hi Lila! We recommend a 2.5% dilution for Repel, in any form. Repel should work equally as well in all the forms you’ve mentioned, but using it in a roll-on or lotion would be easier to make than a spray.

2.5% = 15 drops Repel in 1 oz of carrier oil or lotion

Lila D

July 08, 2019

How many drops repel to amount of unscented lotion would be the best ratio to use for a bug repellant that provides more coverage then a roll on? Would a spray work better? What recipe would I use if I did a spray? Would it be the same ratio as I use in a roll on?

Edens Garden

July 03, 2019

Hi Julie! These are not the same blends, but they have the same intended purpose. The easiest way to stay protected and use these blends is applying them topically using a roll-on or by diluting with carrier oil.

Edens Garden

July 03, 2019

Hi Nancy! We are not certified in animal aromatherapy, and therefore cannot make a recommendation. There are two great animal aromatherapists with websites and Facebook pages, who have recommendations on using essential oils with horses. I will link to their websites here below:

http://www.oilyvet.com/
https://www.animalaromatherapy.com/

Julie B Fulton

July 03, 2019

Any recipes for a spray mixture?? Is it the same as the pest defy?

NANCY CRONENBERGER

July 03, 2019

Can I use them on my horses? If so, how or what should I mix them with to create a spray. The biting flies have been terrible so far this summer. Thanks.

Edens Garden

July 01, 2019

Hi ♥️! Pest Defy should be used with caution in pregnancy and breastfeeding due to the presence of Lemongrass.

♥️

July 01, 2019

Can I use pest defy if I’m pregnant?

Edens Garden

June 26, 2019

Hi Alyssa! These blends are mainly intended for repelling biting insects. We have not tried them on flies, and don’t have a recommendation at this time for which is better. You may try them both, and return one/ both within 30 days if you’re not satisfied with your purchase.

Alyssa

June 26, 2019

Hi, which blend would you recommend for diffusing in house to keep flies from wanting in?

Edens Garden

April 29, 2019

Hi Carol! Yes, but you will need to add a solubilizer and preservative (and possibly a pH adjuster to ensure your preservative works properly). A solubilizer will properly disperse the oil in water and a preservative will ensure your water-based product doesn’t become rancid. You may want to work with a cosmetic formulator for specific instructions on how to create a formula like this.

Carol Flaherty

April 29, 2019

Can Repel be diluted with witch hazel and water? If so, what ratio would you recommend?

Edens Garden

April 22, 2019

Hi Stacy! You may try Repel synergy blend or any of our other bug blends, such as Shoo Fly and Pest Defy. These blends are specifically for biting insects and we have not tested them on ants so we can’t be sure they’ll work.

Stacy Rosenfeld

April 22, 2019

Hi! Which blend would you recommend using around the house to try and keep ants at bay? We’d like to try and go the natural route of course.

Edens Garden

April 01, 2019

Too funny, Julie! 😂 They both offer the same benefits, so I suggest looking at reviews and ingredients when comparing the two. Both of these blends are immensely effective.

Julie

April 01, 2019

I have an 8 year old son (whom is the size of an 11 year old) he is highly allergic to bees, and gets huge welps with every mosquito bite. He is a country boy and loves the outdoors. We live in Louisiana where mosquitos are the state bird. 😂 do you think the repel would be best or shoo fly

Edens Garden

March 15, 2019

Hi Brenda, using essential oils in place of 8 oz of generic repellent will likely be more expensive, but also much more natural. The more Repel you use, the better, so I’d recommend combining as much essential oil as you care to use with 8 oz of cooking oil – or if you’re using 1 oz of Repel, use 7 oz of cooking oil and so on.

Brenda

March 15, 2019

I would like to make my own refill for a Patio Egg. This egg is porous and releases the oil slowly. It works great but I’m toying with the idea of making my own mixture. Your Repel sounds like what I need but wondering how much I would need to use to make 8 oz and whether I could use cooking oil as the carrier.

Edens Garden

September 04, 2018

Hi Angelica! Pest Defy can be diffused to repel insects from the premises, or applied topically to keep insects from attacking you. We generally recommend applying topically, after diluting.

Angelica Camou

September 04, 2018

What are the best ways to use pest defy? Can I diffuse it or can apply it topically? I purchased hoping it would help with fleas and mosquitoes.

Edens Garden

August 14, 2018

Hi Susan! Repel is intended for biting insects such as mosquitos and gnats, so we can’t be sure this will work with other types of insects but you might try it.

Susan Klatkiewicz

August 14, 2018

Looking for something around the outside of my house to prevent bugs and spiders getting in. Should I use this? I also heard peppermint.

Edens Garden

July 31, 2018

Hi Dorinda! You might find this article helpful: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/ellen-whitehurst/7-holistic-ways-to-keep-y_b_782695.html

Dorinda

July 31, 2018

I was wondering if this would work on bedbugs? If not, what would you recommend?

Edens Garden

July 30, 2018

Hi Brigid! In our experience, biting insects stay away with Repel, but we’re not sure how it will work against spiders and other such insects.

Brigid Valenza

July 30, 2018

Will either of these work for wasps, gnats, spiders and other bugs and crawling and flying and ‘bitey’ and ‘stingy’ creatures?

Polite society insists I leave my house. To be an active member of society, I oblige, despite the fact that it’s hot and things in the air I breathe, and the ground I walk want to eat me.

Maria

July 24, 2018

I am a mosquito magnet. I wasn’t sure which would work better, this repellent or Repel so I bought both. First time using Pest Defy I was bitten within minutes of using it. The next time I was outside in the same place I used Repel. When a mosquito was circling me I put my wrist, which had Repel on it, right up to the mosquito. He came close to it, then shot off in the opposite direction. No joke. Ever since then I have only used Repel and have not gotten one bite. My daughter has three friends who went camping in the woods and brought Repel as their mosquito repellent, they did not get bit and were very impressed with it!

Edens Garden

July 13, 2018

Hi Tanya, we don’t recommend Pest Defy or Repel for kids under 10 years old. However, our Shoo Fly OK For Kids blend is safe for kids 2+.

Tanya Talsma

July 13, 2018

May I used Pest Defy or Repel on kids? Our children are 2, 9, and 11.

Edens Garden

June 25, 2018

Hi Debbie! Yes, that is a great way to use Repel synergy blend.

Debbie

June 25, 2018

Can this be added to an unscented lotion and applied that way?

Edens Garden

May 02, 2018

Hi Casey! Here is an article on this very subject: https://www.edensgarden.com/blogs/news/animals-and-aromatherapy-how-to-use

Casey

May 02, 2018

Are these safe around cats and dogs?

Edens Garden

April 27, 2018

Hi Jenny! We actually carried this oil and since discontinued it due to its unpopularity. We may carry it again in the future.

Jenny

April 27, 2018

I am wondering if Edens Garden is considering in the near future getting a single oil of Arborvitae? I’ve heard it’s great as a anti-viral oil. Maybe you can confirm. Thank you!

Edens Garden

April 23, 2018

Hi Tara! An easy spray recipe would be 2 oz distilled water, 2 tsp grain alcohol, 40 drops Repel. Shake and spray.

Edens Garden

April 23, 2018

Hi Janice! Repel is a great blend to try. Also our Catnip essential oil and Pesty Defy synergy blend.

Tara

April 23, 2018

How would you utilize these as a spray? Just adding EO to water doesn’t seem like it would be effective? Is there something else I’d need to add to the spray bottle, and if so what amounts?

Janice

April 22, 2018

I live and work on an island in the Caribbean. Mosquitoes are abundant – and some carry malaria. The only spray I find that is effective is one with DEET. Are any of your products effective against mosquito bites? Thank you.

Edens Garden

March 26, 2018

Hi Martha! Vinegar would not dilute essential oils, and we don’t recommend using EOs on animals unless under the supervision of a vet or animal aromatherapist.

Martha

March 26, 2018

Can I dilute these with organic apple cider vinegar and use as a dog spay to repel fleas and ticks?

Lynda Lewis

February 25, 2018

I have always heard that mice do not like peppermint and it seems to work in my experience. Just be sure to refresh often, whether you spray or put it on a cotton ball in a small glass/ceramic dish. Since oils can mar some finishes or stain clothing use with caution.

Edens Garden

February 19, 2018

Hi Maile! Repel is best diluted and applied topically. We have a prediluted Repel roll-on which is ready to use, or you can dilute it to 3% in a carrier oil -

3% = 18 drops Repel in 2 Tbsp of carrier oil

Maile Andrus-Price

February 18, 2018

Aloha. So do you dab it on yourself or use a diffuser?
Thank you,
Maile

Edens Garden

February 12, 2018

Hi Denise! We have not tested this blend out on mice, so we can’t be sure.

Denise Berger

February 09, 2018

MICE……………….will either of your blends repel mice?