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5 Homemade Natural Bug Repellents

This post may contain affiliate links. You can read my disclosure policy here. 5 Natural Homemade Bug Repellents Whether you are having a barbecue, camping, hanging out inside or just simply enjoying the nice weather outside you can’t get away from them, bugs are everywhere! Flies, spiders, and the most dreadful of all, mosquitoes and…

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5 Natural Homemade Bug Repellents

Whether you are having a barbecue, camping, hanging out inside or just simply enjoying the nice weather outside you can’t get away from them, bugs are everywhere! Flies, spiders, and the most dreadful of all, mosquitoes and ticks. With all of the recent news about Zikka virus and the potential for Lyme Disease from ticks, I want to make sure my family is protected.

Here are 5 natural homemade bug repellents that are easy to make and keep the bugs away, so you can enjoy your summer in peace.

Mosquito Repellent

What you will need:

  • Water
  • 12 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 3-5 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 8 oz spray bottle

Pour the lavender oil, vanilla extract, and lemon juice into an empty 8-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water and shake well to mix all the ingredients together. Use as you would any other bug repellent, spray on yourself and clothes.

Ant Repellent

What you will need:

  • 1 or more orange peels
  • vinegar
  • mason jar

Take the orange peel(s) and put it into the mason jar, pour vinegar on top until the jar is full. Close the jar and let the orange peels soak for two weeks, once the two weeks are up, take and pour the orange vinegar mixture into a spray bottle. Spray wherever you see ants coming in, it is best to spray from the source spot to stop them from coming ever again. This mixture is also great to use for a cleaner!

Tick Repellent

What you will need:

  • 3 oz spray bottle
  • 20 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 20 drops of lavender oil
  • 15 drops of peppermint oil
  • White vinegar

Pour the oils into the spray bottle and fill the rest of the way with the white vinegar, shake well to mix the ingredients. This is great if you live in an area with a lot of ticks or if you’re going camping or hiking. Ticks are repelled by the smell of all of these oils and especially vinegar, this mixture works very well. Spray on you and your clothes before going outside.

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Fly Repellent

What you will need:

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 drops of clove oil
  • 5 drops of eucalyptus oil
  • 5 drops of lavender oil
  • Spray Bottle

Pour the oils into the spray bottle first and then add the water. Shake to mix the ingredients well and the spray as needed. It can be sprayed around doorways or windows to lessen the amount of flies that get into your home.

Spider Repellent

What you will need:

  • 4 cups of water
  • 5 drops of lemon oil
  • 5 liquid dish soap
  • Spray bottle

Mix the lemon oil and dish soap into the water well then pour into the spray bottle. Spray on webs you see around your house, doorways, windows, and even around the outside of your house. Reapply at least once a week for the best results.

Bonus Tip: Fruit Flies

If you’re like me and have lots of produce on your counters in the summer time, you may find yourself inundated by fruit flies. You can easily get rid of the fruit flies by pouring 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar to a small ramekin and adding a drop or two of dish soap. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and die in the bowl.

Bugs love the warmer weather and I know in my house, summer time means ants everywhere! These natural repellents will help keep all your unwanted bugs at bay and let you enjoy your summer. Not only that but these repellents are non-toxic and have great aromas!

Have you used any of these before? Do you have any you know that aren’t on this list? Let me know in the comments!

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3 Comments

  1. Melissa you are so awesome! I first found your site in october 2015 when I was praying about a devotional for my bible study, I found from chaos to calm in 75 days....what an awesome devotional. I have come back to your site on a several times per week basis ever since. I love coming to your site, for all things woman, momma and gramma....always fresh ideas, beautiful site design...always feminine and inviting. God has given you much to share with His body, Thank the Lord for you.
  2. Hey Melissa - love reading your blog posts, think that the spiritual guidance and bible references are very uplifting in these much troubled times. Just wanted to say that I tried making my own bug repellents but we're in a high density area for mosquitos and noseeums so they haven't been that effective, so we've had to resort to buying and staying only natural we've found that a great repellent from The Solid Bar Company which funnily enough seems to have many of the ingredients you show above works real fine- blessings to you and your family and stay safe - Maddie

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