Good for you, bad for bugs: Beat the bugs with these all-natural remedies

The sticky summer air brings with it a myriad of nuances, including creepy, crawly bugs that want to feast on your skin. As summer heats up, the search intensifies for a way to find a reprieve from the biting mosquitoes that seem to have taken up residence in your backyard.

Coating yourself with store-bought bug repellant tends to leave you smelling a little funny and may damage your skin. Here’s the thing – you don’t have to purchase bug repellant. There are plenty of natural remedies to reign victorious in the fight against bugs this summer.

Check out these natural insect repellant solutions for a bug-free summer:

Powerful herb remedy. Combine garlic powder, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Sprinkle the mixture around your home. This should bug-proof your house for up to one month. Re-distribute as needed.

Vinegar and herbs. Vinegar is almost magical in its ability to clean and ward off bugs. Combine herbs such as mint, lavender, catnip, thyme or sage with vinegar and water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle, and you have homemade, all-natural bug repellant.

Vinegar and essential oils. Take advantage of vinegar’s super cleaning powers and mix up a bottle of bug repellant with essential oils for a delightful scent. Create a mixture of half vinegar and half distilled, or boiled, water. Add several drops of any of these essential oils: mint, tea tree, lavender, lemongrass, spearmint, clove, eucalyptus or citronella. You can also substitute the mixture for witch hazel and tap water with essential oils and achieve the same result.

There are a variety of plants that repel bugs if you would like some added bug protection. You can plant some of these herbs around your yard or seating area for a bug-free environment.


  • Basil
  • Catnip or catmint
  • Citronella grass
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

Remember to stay safe and protect yourself from bug bites this summer!


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