Last Updated on September 24, 2018 by Corinne Schmitt
If you hate creepy crawlies but hate toxic chemicals even more, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of natural ways to repel insects. Whether you want to prevent bugs from invading your garden or feasting on you, below you will find several ways to keep insects at bay.
When I was walking the dog with my neighbor last week, I was bitten by insects (I assume mosquitoes) in three different spots. This weekend was even worse. I worked out in the yard weeding and gardening and ended up with a number of mysterious insect bites. I also started to panic about bugs attacking my newly budding tomato and pepper plants.
Natural Ways to Repel Insects
There’s no shortage of bug repellents available at several local stores. Unfortunately, most of them contain dangerous chemicals that can cause cancer, damage to the nervous system, and ADHD. In addition, many of these pesticides and bug repellents are hazardous to the environment.
Consequently, I’ve spent a lot of time researching alternatives to chemical bug deterrents. Thankfully, there are a lot of options for those of us who want to avoid dangerous ingredients.
Prevent Bug Bites
To protect yourself from bug bites you can try:
- Drinking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar each day.
- Eating lots of garlic.
- Taking a B1 vitamin supplement each day.
You can also make your own bug repellent with a few simple ingredients. First, choose a base. To fill a 5 oz spray bottle, use 1/3 cup of one of the following ingredients:
- Witch Hazel
- Oil (grapeseed or olive)
Then add 1½ teaspoons of an essential oil whose scent naturally repels insects. You can use more than one oil, but keep the total amount of oil in the mixture to 1½ teaspoons). Here is a list of the best choices:
- Rose Geranium
Keep Bugs Out of the Garden
To keep insects away from your garden, plant some of these:
- Bay Leaves
To keep mites from damaging your plants, combine one tablespoon of canola oil with a few drops of dish soap in one quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray the entire plant, including the undersides of the leaves.
To combat other insects and fungal disease, combine one tablespoon of cooking oil with two tablespoons of baking soda and a few drops of dish soap in one quart of water in a spray bottle. Spray affected areas.
Natural Insect Repellents You Can Purchase
If you’re not the DIY type, here are some natural alternatives you can purchase:
- All-Terrain Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent
- Quantum Buzzaway Extreme Spray
- Skedattle All Natural Anti-Bug Spray
I hope you have luck with these natural alternatives. If you’ve used other natural repellents, please share them in the comments.