There are so many incredible things about the summer months – beautiful weather, long days, and plenty of fun things to do outside. However, what’s not so fun about summer is the increased presence of bugs outdoors. These little pests can have uncomfortable bites and stings, which makes it hard to really enjoy summer. Unfortunately, many of the bug repellents on the market contain chemicals that can be harmful to the body. Luckily, there are several natural alternatives that you can use instead. Here are some helpful natural ingredients that repel bugs.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
This is an ingredient that’s commonly found in many over-the-counter mosquito repellents, but you can also make a DIY version that’s just as effective for warding off these little pests. It’s fairly potent, lasting for as long as three hours after application. To make an effective lemon eucalyptus oil repellent, combine one part lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 parts witch hazel to dilute it.
Tea Tree Oil
This popular essential oil is very effective for repelling a wide variety of insects. Not only is it helpful for warding off mosquitoes, but it repels flies and other bugs as well. It’s been used in Australia as a natural repellent for a long time, and now you’ll find it in many natural bug repellent products. Additionally, it’s great for treating acne and has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Lavender is another natural repellent that’s incredibly effective and easy to get your hands on. You can apply lavender essential oil topically to mosquito prone areas, and you’ll notice a soothing effect in addition to the bug repellent properties. If you have lavender in your garden, you can also crush up the flowers to make your own essential oil. It’s fairly easy to grow yourself, and you can do it in planters if you don’t have much space.
This is another ingredient that’s often used in mosquito repellents. It’s an essential oil, and you can easily apply it yourself for extra protection. However, if you want the repellent power to last for a long time, it’s best to look for all-natural mosquito repellents that contain it. This is because citronella can be formulated in certain ways to provide extra protection. Burning citronella candles is a great way to keep mosquitoes away from your backyard during a party as well.
In addition to its signature smell, peppermint oil is also known for its bug repellent properties. Apply a small amount to keep bugs away when you are outside. You can also spray peppermint oil on spiders or other unwanted house bugs to kill them, or gently rub some on windowsills, baseboards, and anywhere else that is prone to bugs.
Natural ingredients are a great alternative to popular chemical bug repellents, which are much harsher on the body and the environment. Not only are they gentle, but they’re also very easy to apply and work effectively to keep bugs away.