Natural Bug Repellent: Spray and Home Ideas

 

bug spray

Summer is just around the corner, which means warm, sunny days and mosquito filled nights! I don’t know about you but I love spending time outside in the evening: going on walks, having bonfires, just sitting on the porch…but I HATE mosquito bites! Not only are they just annoying but they can potentially be dangerous if the mosquito that chooses to bite you is carrying some sort of disease!

As much as I dislike being bit by mosquitos, I am not a fan of traditional bug spray.  It stinks, isn’t good for you and is downright unsafe to use on M, so I set out to make a natural spray of my own! I found several recipes that are easy to make and use essential oils and natural ingredients that you might even have laying around the house!!!  Here are just a few to choose from:

Spray

(mix the ingredients in a small glass or metal spray bottle for easy application)

2 cups of water
10 drops Organic Eucalyptus 100% Pure Essential Oil
20 drops of Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon 100% Pure Essential Oil

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2 cups of water
10 drops Basil 100% Pure Essential Oil
20 drops of Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Lemon 100% Pure Essential Oil

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4 oz each of Witch Hazel & Almond Oil
15 drops each of Geranium & Citronella 100% Pure Essential Oil
7 drops each of Eucalyptus, Lavender & Lemongrass 100% Pure Essential Oil
5 drops of Peppermint 100% Pure Essential Oil

Lotion

4 oz Cocoa Butter
2 oz Coconut oil
7 drops each of Eucalyptus, Cedarwood, Rosemary, Citronella & Lemongrass 100% Pure Essential Oil

Bug Repellent for Around the House

Okay, now that we’ve covered the bug spray/lotion, what about pest control around the house?!  You know ants, spiders!!!, flies, etc.?  There are some super easy, natural remedies for these annoying guys as well.

  • Ants – Peppermint Oil: sprinkle drops along your doorways, Cinnamon sticks/peeled Garlic cloves: place around doors and in window sills
  • Flies – Mix 4 oz of water, 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap & 5 drops each of Lavender, Lemongrass and Peppermint oil, Sachets of Mint, Eucalyptus, Cloves and Bay Leaves hung near doors/windows
  • Asian beetles (ladybugs) – Sachets of Cloves and Bay Leaves hung near doors/windows, Citronella oil mixed with water, spray areas affected
  • Spiders – Mix 4 oz of water, 1/4 teaspoon of dish soap & 10 drops of Peppermint oil, Hedge Apples – these can usually only be found in late Summer/Fall, Mix 8 oz of water, 10 drops if dish soap & 5 drops each of Citrus, Tea Tree, Citronella, Lavender, Cinnamon & Peppermint oils

Well, there you have it!  Safe, natural ways to enjoy your summer days WITHOUT having to deal with pesky bugs!  If you try one of these remedies – let me know what you think!!  Or, if you have tried and true ways to get rid of bugs naturally I’d love to hear about them, too! 🙂  Until then, Happy (almost) Summer!!!

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