3 Simple, Natural DIY Recipes To Repel Bugs

DIY Recipes Natural Bug Repellent

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Spring has has a way of bringing out insects and bugs.  If you are looking to repel insects and bugs naturally, look no further than these three simple DIY recipes — for people, pets and the home — courtesy of this episode of Earth911TV.

DIY Recipes To Repel Bugs

Bug Spray (for People)

  • 2 cups witch hazel
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
  • Essential oils:
  • 20 drops citronella
  • 20 drops lemongrass
  • 1 (16oz) spray bottle or several small bottles


  1. Combine all ingredients, pour into bottles and shake vigorously to blend.
  2. Allow the solution to synergize for 1 hour.
  3. To use: shake the bottle prior to each use. Apply liberally to skin as needed.

Flea collars (for Dogs and Cats)

Cat collar:

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored vodka
  • 1 drop cedarwood essential oil

Dog collar:

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored vodka
  • 1 drop eucalyptus essential oil
  • 1 drop cedarwood essential oil
  • 1 drop lemongrass essential oil


  1. Add the vodka and essential oils to a very small bowl and stir to blend.
  2. Lay the collar flat on a baking sheet and pour directly over the length of the collar until fully absorbed.
  3. Air-dry until at least semi dray.

Collars are meant to be used as soon as they  have dried enough to be comfortable. Recharge the collar weekly by soaking in fresh formula.

Potpourri (for Home)

This mixture is great for repelling mice and all flying and crawling pests, including mice.  Place in the food pantry, bedroom, closet, dresser, armoires or alongside the attic, basement, window sill or foundation


  • 1 cup dried patchouli leaves
  • 1 cup dried peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup dried pennyroyal leaves
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 10 drops patchouli essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. Fill small bowls or muslin sachet bags with the mix.
  3. Place around the house.
  4. Recharge containers every couple of weeks by adding another drop or two of the essential oils.
  5. Make a new bath every three months to maintain effectiveness.
  6. Sprinkle the spent herb blend around the edges of landscaping beds.

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