3 Natural Ways to Keep Bugs Away

Posted: 05/29/13 10:00 AM (Modified: 05/29/13 10:00 AM)

Mosquitoes and flies are two of the biggest pests during the Summer and they can completely ruin your outdoor BBQ. Before spraying yourself or your kiddos with chemicals, check out these three easy and natural ways to rid yourself of the bugs.

{DIY Bug Repellent}

This spray is a mix of essential oils which work naturally to combat pests. Keep in mind, you will likely have to reapply this a little more than your typical chemical bug spray. For me, it's good for about an hour or so then I simply spray again. That might be annoying to some but for me, I'd rather be chemical free so I'm good with it.

2 Cups Witch Hazel

15 Drops of Citronella Essential Oil

15 Drops of Lemongrass Essential Oil

10 Drops of Lavender Essential Oil

Plus, you can add about 5-10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil if you would like. It's not required but recommended.

Simply mix the essential drops into the witch hazel and place it in a spray bottle. Do not spray this directly on your face and if your kids are going to use it, try it in a small spot first just to be sure your kiddos are not allergic to any essential oils. It does actually work, but it's not waterproof so you'll have to reapply if you get wet or if you are dripping in sweat.

{Natural Way to Rid the Flies}

Simply cut lemons in half and stick cloves into the halves. You can place the lemons around your cookout outdoors to keep the flies at bay. This also does work, you can put them in cupcake holders to make it pretty or make a cute centerpiece with them as well.

{Make Your Own Citronella Candle}

Yep, you can take it even a step further by making your own citronella candle. If you made the bug spray then you probably have the citronella on hand, visit PositivelySplendid.com and learn how to make a citronella candle! It looks like a fun, weekend project!

That's it. Simple and easy. Get those bugs away without overdosing on chemicals!

PS. You can purchase essential oils at any natural food store.

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May 22, 2012 07:06 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I wanted to add another natural repellant for fruit gnats in your house.

Take a disposable cup. Put a small slice of banana in the bottom of the cup. Place a sheet of saran wrap over the top, wrap a rubberband around the sides to secure the saran wrap in place. Take a knife and make a small slit in the top of the saran wrap. The banana will attract the gnats, they will be able to get in the slit but they won't be able to get out.

May 22, 2012 07:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I wanted to add another natural repellant for fruit gnats in your house.

Take a disposable cup. Put a small slice of banana in the bottom of the cup. Place a sheet of saran wrap over the top, wrap a rubberband around the sides to secure the saran wrap in place. Take a knife and make a small slit in the top of the saran wrap. The banana will attract the gnats, they will be able to get in the slit but they won't be able to get out.

May 29, 2012 08:50 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

I add Tea Tree oil to the bug spray, and sometimes Bay. Ticks seem to really dislike the Tea Tree, and living right down the road from our National Tick Farm at Valley Forge, we need to be hyper-vigilant about ticks.

Another trick is to take a bar of tea tree soap and dry rub on head & neck.

Thanks for this.

Jun 9, 2012 11:53 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Anyone have a good ideas how to get rid of those little ants that come into my kitchen and walk around my countertop driving me crazy. The come in a surprise me with a visit every summer and then finally disappear after about a month or two. I'd like to get rid of them sooner than this. Please help.

Jun 14, 2012 11:07 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I had the same problem. I researched it and found a simple solution. Just sprinkle cinnamon where you see them and they will be gone in a couple of days. Jessica

Jul 5, 2013 09:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

For ants...I had seen something somewhere about cinnamon, so I gave it a shot. We had a small trash can that for some reason was attracting a lot of ants (no food stuff, mostly tissues, etc. so it didn't make sense). We set the garbage can outside on the patio, sprinkled it with cinnamon and put cinnamon along the door threshold...NO MORE ANTS!

Jul 5, 2013 09:30 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

For ants...I had seen something somewhere about cinnamon, so I gave it a shot. We had a small trash can that for some reason was attracting a lot of ants (no food stuff, mostly tissues, etc. so it didn't make sense). We set the garbage can outside on the patio, sprinkled it with cinnamon and put cinnamon along the door threshold...NO MORE ANTS!

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