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How to Make a Homemade Bug Spray?

Rutuja Jathar Jan 9, 2019
A bug spray made at home is useful for protecting yourself from insects when in the garden or even at any outdoor expedition. Read and know how to make a bug spray at home.
Bugs, insects, and mosquitoes that are present in the garden can make your life pretty miserable, especially in the rainy days. They can also cause a lot of nuisance when you go hiking, trekking, or mountain camping.
The readymade bug sprays are very harmful for human health as well as the environment, as they contain many harmful chemicals including the N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET).
There are many herbal remedies that can protect us from the nuisance of bugs. Combining those herbs with a little bit of technology is a good way to know how to make a bug spray at home.

List of Homemade Repellants

Mint Soap

Take 2 tablespoons of any strong mint soap available and mix it up with a gallon of clean water. It is very effective when sprayed directly on the carpenter ants. Spray a little bit on the foliage of your plantation to evade several other insects too. Do not spray too much on the foliage as the soapy water may burn some plantations.


Add 2/3 cup of hot pepper (chopped) into 3 cups of boiling water and boil the mixture for some time. Strain the mixture to remove the pepper particles. This is really effective to evade ants and some small insects. But, do not spray it directly on the foliage as well as avoid its contact with the eyes.

Mosquito Miracle

This is not a spray, but the lavender flower. Rub this onto the body, behind the ears, neck, and the wrists. Its great smell keeps away mosquitoes. If you are in a lavender producing regions, this trick is economical; else it is a costly affair than the mosquito bite itself.


Make strong tea and add lemon or orange peels along with a few mint leaves. Soak all these together for 24 hours and then strain. Add some rubbing alcohol to this and put it into a squirt bottle. Spray this over your body when you work in the garden during evenings.


Mix essential oils like eucalyptus oil (20 drops), cedar wood oil (20 drops), geranium oil (20 drops), and some drops of tea tree oil (20 drops) together. Add all these oils to a base oil like jojoba oil and use it as a bug repellent oil.

Vodka Mist

Mix jojoba oil (50 drops), lavender oil (50 drops), eucalyptus lemon (25 drops), lemongrass (25 drops), Cajeput (25 drops), and Patchouli (25 drops). Add this mixture into the vodka and mix it well.
Before applying this mixture on your skin, make sure you have covered the skin with a layer of jojoba oil.

Insect Lotion

Take some clean water (2 oz) in a mixing bowl. Slowly, add olive oil (2 oz) into the water, constantly beating it with the metal whisk. After mixing the water and olive oil well, add citronella essential oil (120 drops) to it.
Try making these bug sprays at home, they are really easy to make. Moreover, they are effective insect repellents. Learning how to make a homemade bug spray is the easiest way to get rid of all the bugging insects that cause trouble in your daily life.