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DIY Natural Insect Repellent

Posted on July 08, 2019 by Chad Pegura | 38 comments

DIY Natural Insect Repellent
With summer fast approaching, we are looking at all the ways we can spend a lot of time outdoors without having to deal with the repercussions of all the annoying and even potentially dangerous insects that we will inevitably encounter.

Mosquito bites may happen due to any combination of scent, light, heat, and even humidity. Some are even more prone to mosquito bites than others. Many are attracted to bacteria and sweat while others are attracted to carbon monoxide. So, if you are going to be spending any time outdoors, it is important to make sure you have the right protection in place to ward off these insects.

DEET Based Chemical Repellents

Many commercial insect repellents contain harmful ingredients that can cause both health and environmental problems. DEET is one of the more common active ingredients that can be found in most commercial insect repellents. While some believe that it is safe to use on the skin, others are choosing more natural alternatives that are safe and effective without the possibility of any harsh side effects.

Natural insect repellents can easily be made at home yourself using natural ingredients like essential oil. The following are just a few of these very simple DIYs that you can try before spending any more time outdoors with the bugs.

Lemon and Eucalyptus

This combination is one of the more well-known insect repellents. Eucalyptus essential oil has been used as an insect repellent since the 1940s and has even been approved by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as being an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent.
Lemon Eucalyptus can help repel both mosquitoes and ticks. It can even be used in and around the home for pest control. Mosquitoes hate the smell of lemon, and really any other citrus smells there are.

Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender oil is a good insect repellent for both humans and animals outdoors. A mist can be made by combining the lavender essential oil with lemon and witch hazel. The mist can then be sprayed on your body and your animals before going outdoors.
Insects don't like lavender because it is a very fragrant oil so they will stay away. An added benefit to lavender oil for insect repellent is the fact that it is also soothing for the skin and can help with any mosquito bites you may have already gotten.

Citronella Essential Oil

This is one of the most common and effective ways to repel insects naturally. It is also an ingredient that can be found in several traditional insect repellents you can purchase. It has been said to be as effective as DEET and can protect a person while outdoors for up to two hours. However, if the formula isn't right, the citronella oil can evaporate very quickly and will leave your skin unprotected. To keep your home free of pesky insects add 15-20 drops of citronella essential oil to your nebulizing diffuser.

DIY Natural Insect Repellent

Tea Tree Essential Oil

This oil is very well known for its antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. It is used for a variety of different ailments or conditions and has also been suggested as a proper alternative to commercial repellents.
Tea tree oil has been found to be effective against a variety of insects, including mosquitoes, bush flies, and biting midges. While it is good at preventing bites, it can also treat bites you may already have. It is a natural insecticide that has been proven effective.

Geranium Essential Oil

Geranium oil is another common ingredient found in many insect repellents. It is lemon scented and reminiscent of citronella grass. Its strong fragrance is effective at keeping the bugs at bay. It has also been found to be an effective tick repellent. It is potent and should only be applied in small drops or dots.

Making Your Own Insect Repellent Recipe

To make your own homemade bug spray, you will need:


• 30 drops Geranium essential oil
• 30 drops Citronella essential oil
• 20 drops Lemon eucalyptus oil
• 20 drops Lavender essential oil
• 10 drops Rosemary essential oil
• 100ml Rubbing alcohol
• Witch hazel
• A ½ cup of vinegar

You will place the essential oil drops in a glass spray bottle, and you can then add the alcohol. Shake the mixture well. Next, pour in half a cup of witch hazel and shake the mixture to combine.

You want to shake every time something is added to the mixture. You will also want to shake before each use because the oils and other ingredients will naturally begin to separate.

You can also combine six drops of any of the above essential oils to an unscented lotion. For example, add six drops of lemongrass essential oil to two ounces of unscented lotion. You can also add in three drops of lavender and two drops of geranium for an even better topical mosquito repellent.

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25 Responses

Sandra Davis
Sandra Davis

August 11, 2019

A repellent that looks good too

April
April

July 19, 2019

Thanks for sharing. I’m going to try your recipe. I’d much rather you something natural then do you something like DEET that is harmful.

Nancy
Nancy

July 14, 2019

Great suggestion. I never really thought about it before. Thanks.

Laura Yeates
Laura Yeates

July 14, 2019

I love using this.. especially for my daughter she’s sensitive to chemicals and I prefer natural.. she also must have the sweetest blood because the bugs just love her.. poor baby.

Janet Kelleher
Janet Kelleher

July 13, 2019

Excited to try this dog-safe product!

Kristi Williams
Kristi Williams

July 13, 2019

I love DIY bug sprays! They seem to not only work even better than the store bought versions, but also smell great! I’ll certainly try some of the oils mentioned that I’ve yet to use. Thank you!

Susan Gillam
Susan Gillam

July 13, 2019

I’m going to try this up at the cottage. That’s where bugs are the worst.

MLH
MLH

July 13, 2019

I would rather smell good and deter pests naturally, so kudos to this site.

Michelle L
Michelle L

July 13, 2019

Mosquitoes like to munch on me…I’ll be trying some of the suggestions here to see if this helps!

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 13, 2019

Perfect timing for my trip to the UP later this month!!

Jessica Walker
Jessica Walker

July 13, 2019

I think it works great

Martha Parra
Martha Parra

July 12, 2019

Wow! This came just in time…exactly what I’m looking to make! Thank you!!!

Georgie
Georgie

July 12, 2019

Thanks for the great, informative reference. I plan to start experimenting seeing my deodorant detox went so well.

Jayden
Jayden

July 12, 2019

looks great!

Scotty
Scotty

July 12, 2019

Thanks for the article. I can’t wait to try this out!

Jim
Jim

July 11, 2019

This was very interesting an I learned a lot.

Coline T.
Coline T.

July 11, 2019

I discovered a lot of useful information! I hope this all work so well as I’m sure gonna try this in my house, and on my pets specially for all those ticks problem. Thank you so much :-)

Trent
Trent

July 11, 2019

This will be great for the summer

Sue E
Sue E

July 10, 2019

I don’t remember if we even used a spray when I was little! I think it was some concoction with vinegar – it smelled bad! I remember using the all natural OFF on my kids and the OFF disks. I did pin this and shared on Twitter. I am also sharing this information to my kids to use on their kids. Keeping our loved ones protected is so important!! These 🦟 pests bites not only make you scratch yourself, some of them also carry diseases! Thank you for sharing!

Gwendolyn
Gwendolyn

July 10, 2019

I’m wondering if lavender essential oil with coconut oil would do the trick as well. I don’t use diffusers at this point.

Mary Pie
Mary Pie

July 10, 2019

Oh boy, I could have used these last week. I will be making these right away.

melissa mc
melissa mc

July 10, 2019

i’ll be making this repellent recipe ASAP and ty for the tip/chance!

annette
annette

July 10, 2019

I’m going to try the spray for my cat; I wish the post included the amounts needed. He is inside-only and never had fleas, until he learned to run outside when i open the door. He doesn’t go far, but it’s far enough to attract fleas. UGH Before this I didn’t use flea protection, because I didn’t need it.

Jeunelle
Jeunelle

July 10, 2019

Wow! Great info. Its great because i hate being in my garden and getting eating up. This recipe will come in Handy :D

Joe Kornokovich
Joe Kornokovich

July 09, 2019

I needed this. I can’t work in my garden without being eaten up.

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