Nine Natural Insect Repellents to Make the End of Your Summer More Pleasant

These warm and muggy late summer nights are great for being outside...until the bugs start biting! If you’re like me, you get bit over and over unless you’re proactive in dealing with the problem. Bug bites are annoying not to mention itchy and uncomfortable and they don’t look so great.  

 But how?! We’ve all used those nasty deet-containing, stinky bug sprays that are bad for us and the environment. Maybe they can be at least somewhat successful at repelling bugs but they smell terrible and contain nasty chemicals that most of us don’t really want on or around our bodies.

The list below contains natural options for keeping the bugs away:

  1. Wear clothing that covers your skin. Exposed skin is more likely to be bit
  2. Water reduction – try to minimize the amount of water outside of your home. Mosquitoes especially are attracted to water.
  3. Burn citronella candles or torches near you
  4. Use Mosquito coils or lamps
  5. Burn some mosquito repelling incense sticks
  6. Wear bug repellent wrist bands
  7. Plant herbs and flowers such as garlic, rosemary, mint, basil, citronella grass, lavender, marigolds, chrysanthemums and petunias. These plants will naturally repel mosquitoes and other insects.
  8. Use Essential oils like citronella, neem, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender, cinnamon, clove, thyme, peppermint and catnip. You can put these in a diffuser, rub a few drops mixed with a carrier like coconut oil on your wrists and ankles or make your own DIY spray using water or rubbing alcohol with the oils).
  9. Buy and use an all-natural bug spray or balm like our Bug off Buttercup line, designed using essential oils, witch hazel, water and a splash of coconut water (not full of harmful ingredients). There are also several other brands available at your local retailer. You can apply the spray to your body as well as spray around the area around you. I like to apply the bug balm as a moisturizer and repellent in one and also use the spray for the chair and area where I am sitting.

The best approach to repelling insects is to use as many of these options as you need to make your outdoor time more comfortable and enjoyable for the rest of the season!