Now that the warmer weather has arrived, so have those unwanted pesky bugs! We can’t spend more than a few minutes outside without getting attacked by mosquitos and other annoying bugs. Having allergies and sensitive skin issues, using store-bought bug spray wasn’t an option anymore. Here’s a couple easy DIY bug repellent recipes with chemical free ingredients. I also like that these are supplies I have on hand and don’t need to buy a lot of extra essential oils, etc.
DIY – Bug Repellent
- 15 drops lavendar essential oil
- 5 drops eucaplytis essential oil
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (carrier oil)
Melt the coconut oil. Add the essential oil drops. Mix together and rub on skin.
You can use other essential oil combinations for the bug repellent (just be sure to use the 2 tablespoons of carrier oil to 20 drops essential oil – so the essential oil isn’t too strong). Other essential oils that can be used are: rosemary, cinnamon, rose geranium, cedarwood, lemongrass, citronella, peppermint, clove. I like the calming effect of lavender scent and the moisturizing benefit of coconut oil.
If you want a quick application of bug repellent, here’s a spray recipe.
DIY – Spray Bug Repellent
- witch hazel
- distilled or boiled water
- 50 – 60 drops essential oils
- 2 oz. spray bottle
Fill the spray bottle a little less than half with witch hazel. Add in a combination of essential oils equaling between 50-60 drops in all. The more oil you use, the stronger the scent of your spray. Fill the rest of the bottle with water. Shake to mix contents. Spray bug repellent is ready to use.
Other tips to keep mosquitoes away:
- Use a diffuser with essential oil in your outdoor sitting area.
- Stay cool and don’t wear dark clothing during warm weather. Mosquitoes are attracted to your sweat and the carbon dioxide when you exhale.
- Wear loose fitting clothes with long sleeves.
- Eliminate standing water around your home as this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
- Mow your lawn frequently, overgrown vegetation attracts mosquitoes.
- Plant marigolds and citronella plants in your garden or flower pots. These flowers give off a smell mosquitoes don’t like.
- Use a yellow light instead of white bulbs outdoors. This attracts fewer mosquitoes and other bugs.
- Try not to be out at dawn and dusk as these are times when mosquitoes are most active.
I hope these tips and bug repellents give you a nice bug-free summer!