I love being outdoors. However, last summer I was hardly outside, mostly due to the mosquitos, which are quite abundant here. (And maybe a little that I had a newborn baby) I would step outside and immediately be covered in itchy swollen bites. This summer, I am determined to not let that happen again. So far I’ve tried all sorts of bug sprays, natural, full of deet, organic. Some worked ok, but ultimately I find myself not wanting to use them.
I bought this set of essential oils at the end of last summer, excited to jump in on the essential oil world. I was probably most excited about the pest defy included. I happily got it out this spring as the mosquitos first started to come around, but had no idea how to really use it. I would dab a little on my ankles, which wan’t really efficient, so I set out to find a better way.
About a month ago, I picked up a small spray bottle at a local store and decided to try my hand at making my own bug spray. I used the first recipe I found, which was much easier than I anticipated, and the results far exceeded my expectations.
HOW TO | BUG SPRAY
Pour each item into a small spray bottle that holds at least 3 oz. look for PET plastic or a glass bottle. I was unable to find the one i have, but here’s a great option on amazon, you could probably find what you need at a local store too.
Make sure to reapply every couple hours as the scent starts to fade.
I found this diy here and adapted it to suit what essentials oils I have. These essential oils were all in the original kit that I mentioned. There are a variety of essential oils you can use as a bug repellent spray. I switched out a few drops for peppermint and eucalyptus in my last batch just to play around with what scent I like best.