Natural Bug Repellents

By | June 29, 2014

An alternative to chemical irritants, natural bug repellents are safe for adult and child application and effective against pesky insects. You may already have one or more non-toxic household items that keep a variety of bugs away, sitting in your cupboards.

Ants

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The natural method to send ants marching is contingent on where they originate:

  • Placed near sand hills, sidewalk cracks and other entrances leading below the ground, mint tea bags or crushed cloves will deter ants.
  • When you see them near anthills, spray ants with soapy water.
  • Draw a chalk line around a nest entrance and the ants will be unable to cross over the line.
  • To rid ants attacking your trees, wrap your tree in newspaper, apply sticky goo purchase from a hardware store, all over the paper.

Fleas

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Combat a flea infestation by spraying cedar oil on floors, carpets and your pet’s sleeping area. Other natural insect repellents include:

  • D-Limonene, a safe spray manufactured by the citrus industry.
  • Diatomaceous earth and powdered pyrethrum, sprinkled on pet bedding and carpets.
  • Herbs such as rosemary, wormwood, pennyroyal and citronella.

Mosquitoes

Rubbing alcohol, applied to the skin will fend off mosquitoes. Clove oil is also effective; however, individuals with sensitive skin should use with caution to avoid skin irritation. Other herbs that drive away mosquitoes are:

  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rose Geranium
  • Peppermint

In addition, planting marigolds around your patio or back porch will keep mosquitoes at bay outside your home.

Flies

Rubbing diluted almond oil or citronella onto your skin will repel airborne insects such as flies and mosquitoes. Effective deterrents also include:

  • Basil
  • Pennyroyal Oil
  • Tansy

Create your own natural bug spray with a mixture of white wine vinegar, water, herbs and dish washing liquid. Add the ingredients to a spray bottle, shake well and spray as needed.

You can enjoy the company of your family and friends in a pest-free outdoor environment without purchasing expensive toxic chemicals. Natural bug repellents are a safe, affordable alternative that smell better and pose no health risks.