Don't Bite Me: 10 DIY Bug Repellents

Don't Bite Me: 10 DIY Bug Repellents

Tess Wilson
May 25, 2016
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Every year it's the same: as soon as my limbs are freed from winter's endless layers, they are attacked by all manner of insects, and I spend the rest of the summer with itchy welts. I always buy bug spray, but I hate the way it smells and feels, so I don't use it as often as I should. This year, however, I shall be protecting myself with one—or all—of these wonderfully scented DIY repellents.

Sprays & Salves

Homemade Bug Spray by Live Simply (above)

This spray utilizes ready-made bug repellent oil and delicious-smelling vanilla extract, which bugs apparently hate.

DIY Bug Repellent Balm by Gardenista

This beeswax- and olive oil-based salve creates "a force field of rosemary, catnip, lavender, and lemon."

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DIY Bug Repellent Coconut Oil by A Nest for All Seasons

This cleverly combines citronella, lemongrass, and grapefruit oils with soothing coconut oil.

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DIY Bug Repellent by POPSUGAR

This repellent earns points for only requiring one essential oil—tea tree—unlike many of the others.

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Homemade Basil Mosquito Spray by Mommypotamus

Of all of the scents used in these remedies, basil is the one I would most like to smell like.

Burnables & Bouquets

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DIY Mosquito Repellent Lanterns by Yeah Vintage

Ban bugs and make use of the cute bottles you don't know what to do with but can't bear to recycle.

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Beeswax Insect Repellent Candles by Design Sponge

I hope you've been saving pretty jars, too! These citronella, cedar, and eucalyptus oil-infused candles are perfect to take on a picnic.

DIY Scented Candles to Repel Insects Not Humans by Gardenista

These petite versions that utilize lavender, geranium, and rosemary essential oils would be sweet scattered on a dinner table.

Natural Bug Repellent Luminaries by Flavour & Savour

If you don't want to bother melting beeswax, make luminaries with fresh herbs and citrus.

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Bug Repellent Bouquet from Woman's Day

Effective and pretty! Adorn your table with an arrangement of fresh basil, chives, rosemary, and thyme.

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