Do you know how to make homemade insect repellant? Bugs are annoying at the best of times, but in a disaster situation, they can be downright dangerous. Mosquitoes and flies in particular can carry diseases that rapidly spread. Without appropriate medical care, you risk death or severe weakness.
While keeping some pre-made insect repellants on hand is a good idea (we recommend this one), you should also know how to make your own homemade insect repellant. It’s easier than you think!
Hint: Try these recipes before a disaster scenario so you know which ones work best for your area.
Natural Insect Repellants for Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can transfer some pretty nasty diseases, depending on where you live. Malaria, West Nile, and plenty of others will lay you low if you catch them and could even be deadly. For this reason, it’s a good idea to make sure you can repell mosquitoes.
Geranium Citronella Mosquito Spray
30 drops geranium essential oil
30 drops citronella essential oil
30 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops lemon essential oil
10 drops clove essential oil
1/2 cup witch hazel
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 tablespoon rubbing alcohol
Mix all ingredients in a metal spray bottle (the oils will erode plastic bottles) and store in a cool place. Spritz as needed to keep bugs away.
You will need to shake this mixture each time before using.
Baby Oil Repellent
2 cups rubbing alcohol
1/2 cup cloves
1/2 cup baby oil
Put the alcohol in a jar and add the cloves. Shake well and set aside. Shake twice each day for five days.
Strain the cloves out of the alcohol and mix with the baby oil. Put in a spray bottle and store in a cool place. Shake before using.
Lavender Mint Spray (no essential oils)
2 tablespoons dried lavender
2 tablespoons dried mint
2 tablespoons dried citronella or lemongrass
1 cup water
1 cup rubbing alcohol
Put the herbs in the water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. When the mixture is room temp, strain out the herbs.
Add the tea to the rubbing alcohol. You can either dip a piece of cotton in the liquid and wipe over your body or put it in any spray bottle and spray as needed for full coverage. The mixture lasts about a week in a cool place.
Natural Tick Repellent Recipes
Ticks are another potential danger in every day life, but especially when you can’t get medical care. These critters are known to cause all sorts of diseases, but even the harmless ones can cause a dangerous infection. Ideally, you’ll just keep them away altogether with these natural repellent recipes.
Herbal Vinegar Repellent
4 cups apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons dried sage
2 tablespoons dried rosemary
2 tablespoons dried peppermint
2 tablespoons dried lavender
2 tablespoons dried thyme
Mix all the ingredients in a glass jar and cap. Shake thoroughly and store in a cool place.
Shake the jar a couple times a day for 3 weeks. Strain out the herbs after this and store the mixture in a cool place.
To use this tincture, dilute it with water or rubbing alcohol and spray on the skin. If you use water, it is also safe to use on your dogs and horses. Do NOT use the mixture on cats.
Natural Fly Repellent Recipes
In some Central American countries, they hang up small bags of water with a penny in them. These do seem to repel flies, but you might want something else to try, so here are a few ideas:
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Put the first four ingredients into a spray bottle and swirl to mix. Add water to fill the bottle halfway and spray wherever you don’t want flies.
Mix the witch hazel, alcohol, and rosemary in a jar and let steep for two days. Strain the rosemary out and add the lemon essential oil, if desired. Spray where needed.
Do you have a favorite natural bug spray?