10 Natural Bug Repellent Solutions

Summer is the season for camping and gardening, spending as much time outside as possible… and dealing with lots and lots of pesky bugs. Oh yes, it comes with the territory, but with a few simple ingredients and a little creativity, you can keep all those annoying pests away from you, your home, your family, AND your garden, without resorting to icky chemicals.

Ready for an insect-free summer? Take a peek below to find 10 natural bug repellent solutions you can try today!

10 Natural Bug Repellent Solutions

If you’re keen on growing your own tasty fruits or veggies at home this season, you’re going to love this cool DIY Organic Pesticide from Punk Wife. Using simple household ingredients like onions, garlic, cayenne pepper, and Castile soap, you can create an awesome spray that’ll deter bugs from munching on your homegrown salad!

Wellness Mama has a recipe for making your own Homemade Bug Spray using distilled water, witch hazel, vegetable glycerine, and a combination of essential oils.

You can repel bugs from your home by keeping a number of beautiful plants around in your garden or on your porch — such as mint, lemongrass, or Geraniums. Check out the full list over at Serendipity and Spice.

Spiders in themselves are fantastic at keeping other pesky insects away, but if you’re not keen on having a house full of arachnids, try this Spider Spray — made with soap, vinegar, and essential oils — from My Slice of Sunday.

David Suzuki has a ton of great ideas for keeping insects at bay without using harmful toxins. Download the PDF and keep it on hand all summer long!

Use Diatomaceous earth to deter fleas, cockroaches, and other pesky house-invaders. Sprinkle this along your baseboards or anywhere that these bugs are hanging out. It’s not toxic to people, just be careful not to inhale it as it may be irritating. Vacuum it up when the bugs are gone!

Flies bugging you? You can make your own Homemade Fly Paper using corn syrup, sugar, and paper bags.

Burning citronella candles is a great way to keep bugs away from your campsite or porch — don’t let them ruin your BBQ shindig! When we’re camping, we like to light a few citronella candles or torches around the perimeter of where we’re sitting. This seems to do the trick!

Toss a bundle of dried sage into your next campfire to keep the mosquitoes away. Plus, it smells amazing!

Got ants? Some say cucumber slices places at entry points will deter these little picnic ruiners!