Beat It! Insect Repellent stops insects naturally

Summer brings out all sorts of creepy, crawly, and/or pesky flying insects. 

In the past, we’d reach for a heavy duty insect repellent for protection. Remember those TV ads with the guy inside a glass cased-room filled with mosquitoes? 

These days, there a number of natural insect repellents on the market. Some work better than others but most have an incredibly strong scent that can knock you back f you’re the least bit sensitive to smell. 

I recently found a natural insect repellent that not only works well, but its scent won’t announce itself from a distance. 

Beat It! is a DEET-free, natural insect repellent that’s safe for infants, young children, adults and pets. It effectively repels fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, flies, ants, even no-see-ums. 

Made with organic oils, this mildly scented repellent contains no animal products and is cruelty-free. 

Unlike most insect repellents Beat It! lasts up to eight hours, making it perfect for working in the yard or a day outdoors. 

It was developed to deal with the hot, humid, bug-infested climate of Florida by Gloria Starita, an herbalist and owner of Jade and Pearl, the company that makes Beat It! 

After moving to Florida in the ‘70’s, Starita couldn’t find any natural insect repellent that worked. She began working with formulas until she found one that worked. 

Beat It! kills all types of flying pests without using harsh chemicals


This product uses all vegan ingredients, including lemongrass oil, lemon eucalyptus oil – which has been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for effective protection against mosquitoes that may carry the West Nile virus – mint oil, citronella, aloe vera and coconut oil. 

One thing that surprised me about Beat It! was the scent. I’m allergic to most “natural” repellents, due to their citronella content. But since citronella is one of its lesser ingredients, I didn’t have a reaction to the fragrance of this one. 

“It’s a synergistic formula (that works) together,” says Starita. 

And, she said, “none of the oils are toxic,”which makes them perfect to use for animals, including dogs, cats and horses. 

Dr. Donna Starita, a veterinarian and the company owner’s sister, has been using Beat It! for years. 

“It’s an excellent product,” she said. 

She hasn’t seen any adverse effects from animals. 

You don’t need to use a lot to protect your pet, Dr. Starita says. For dogs, the best way to apply is to spray some on your hands, then rub it quickly and gently into their coat.  Start at the head and work your way back to the tail, said Dr. Starita. Getting it closer to the skin ensures the repellent won’t rub or wear off during the day. 

Another effective method is to take a hemp dog collar and spray it with Beat It

“It works really well,” the doctor said, for dogs and even newborn puppies and kittens. 

Beat It’s creator says they sell to the Humane Society in Florida, where a lot of people put it on their animals. 

“It works well for soothing after-bites too, she said. 

For horses, Dr. Starita recommends pouring a small bottle of the repellent into a quart-sized spray bottle, then fill it with water. It makes a strong solution that works well for long trail rides, she said, though you may want to apply it several times during the ride. 

Dr. Starita cautions that Beat It! isn’t a first approach if you’re dealing with a flea infestation. “You do have to initiate an intensive program of flea control,” she said. 

Beat It! comes in 4 and 6 ounce recyclable aluminum bottles and a one gallon size. It’s carried in yoga centers across the country as well as at some retailers, along with being distributed in a number of countries around the world. You can also purchase it online at

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