DIY Insect Repellent
Swat! Bang! Boom! Crash! Thud!….All that effort and those insects still won’t leave you and your kids alone! Insects can be quite the nuisance, especially on birthdays when everyone is dying to eat that piece of cake and fly lands on it; or even worse, when that camping trip you’ve been planning for months, turns into a buffet for the mosquitoes! But, fear not! Here are 8 DIY Insect Repellent Recipes to help you live a life without an electronic bat!
1. Used Tea Bags
Say good-bye those pesky ants, cockroaches, and spiders that just refuse to leave your pantry alone, with the help of used tea bags!
- Since we all enjoy that nice hot cup of tea in the morning, try saving your tea bags once you’ve used them.
- Simply place them on your pantry shelves.
Now sit back and watch as the insects scatter!
2. Citronella Oil
Citronella oil is probably the mosquito’s worst enemy! This naturally, makes it our new best friend!
- Take a cotton ear bud and let it soak up some citronella oil.
- Rub this oil on your doors and windows every evening.
Live your life without any more mosquitos!
*Be careful while using citronella oil around children as it can be poisonous if used in big proportions.
3. Ant Killer
Ants can be extremely pesky and, let’s face it, we all have various ‘artwork’ on our house walls, thanks to Lakshman Rekha!
- Mix 4 Cups of warm water, 1/8 Cup of borax powder and 1/4 Cup of sugar
- Take small cotton balls and let it soak in this mixture
- Place them around the house where ants are most likely to gather
The ants will swarm to it, thanks to the sweet sugar aroma and will eat it and maybe even take it back to their nest. The borax will soon kill them and you can live in a happy home with no more ‘artwork’!
4. Vicks VapoRub
Vicks VapoRub is possibly the most well know DIY Insect Repellent. This is because it contains oil from the cedar leaf which acts as a natural repellent!
- No, you do not have to coat yourself with it. Simply dab it on to a few areas of your body, as you would a perfume.
- Areas like the inner side of your wrists, the base of your throat, your earlobe, inside of the elbow and behind the knee are the best spots to apply this DIY Insect Repellent.
This also acts as a soothing element if you have already been bitten by a mosquito!
5. DIY Insect Repellent Candle:
Keep all those pesky insects away and give your house an extremely pleasant aroma with this DIY Insect Repellent candle!
- Slice a lemon or orange (any citrus fruit) and add some fresh rosemary, lavender, and cinnamon into a glass jar.
- Mix in some hot water with a few drops of citronella oil.
- Mix well and add a floating candle on the top.
This will leave you house with an amazing aroma and will keep you safe from insects. It’s the perfect bragging topic for when you have guests over.
6. Citronella Candles
Imagine that your precious store-bought repellent is over and now you’re faced with a huge mosquito problem! What do you do? Citronella candles are perfect for moments like these.
- Melt some candle wax, either fresh wax or reuse any old wax that you have remaining.
- Add a few drops of citronella oil to it.
- Pour it into candle molds and let it cool. Don’t forget to add your wick!
Light a candle whenever you’re in need of one!
*Use a mask while making this, to avoid any intake of fumes.
7. Fruit Fly Catcher
Those tiny little fly are the worst of all! Not even your handy electric bat can catch those guys! This is why you NEED this amazing fruit fly catcher!
- Take a small jar and place a little honey in it. It should be enough to cover the bottom of the jar.
- Take a piece of cling wrap and wrap it over the mouth of the jar.
- Poke a few pin sized holes in the plastic and leave it.
The flies will be attracted to the honey and will search for ways to enter the jar. They will then enter and get stuck in the honey or, will be unable to find their way out because of the small holes.
8. Fly Catcher
This catcher works on the small principle as the fruit fly catcher but, since flies are bigger in size, it is harder to catch them in a jar.
- Take a plastic bottle and place a piece of raw meat in it, and fill it halfway through with water.
- Make holes in the bottle using a hot poker. Make sure the holes are big enough for a fly to enter through but, not so big that a fly can leave easily.
The raw meat will attract the fly and quite often the fly drowns itself trying to reach the meat.
There you have it! 8 DIY Insect Repellent recipes to make your life just a little bit easier!
Products You Can Buy
If you are looking for something that is ready to use, then here are the best products that you can buy:
1. Insect Repellant Bracelet
Opt for an insect repellent bracelet, it is easy to wear and very efficient!
2. Insect Repellent Spray
Get an insect repellent spray and keep it handy at all times! A spray a day keeps the bugs at bay!
3. Insect Repellent DEET Free
Having an insect repellent that’s DEET Free is a must these days!
4. Insect Repellent Lotion
Why worry about a night out camping when you can just apply this lotion!
5. Insect Repellent Patch For Babies
This patch is the perfect insect repellent for babies!