Bugs-Be-Gone Spray Recipe

Essential oils that have pungent, spicy, or woodsy odors repel insects by masking our natural scent; cedarwood, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and tea tree oils are among the most effective. Because of their potency and concentration, essential oils should always be diluted when used in a spray.

1. Fill a 4-ounce spritzer bottle 2/3 full with water. Add 4 to 6 drops of any combination of the oils listed above; eucalyptus, lavender, citronella, and cedarwood is a favorite blend.

2. Spray clothes frequently -- every 10 to 15 minutes -- to successfully ward off insects. Do not spray on face.

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Comments (4)

  • allison2554766 6 Sep, 2011

    Please do some research before deciding to use Advantix or other toxic chemicals on your pet as the contributor below suggests. There has been some history of tumors developing on animals in the location that the Advantix/Frontline was applied. I apply apple cider vinegar on my dogs skin after a bath, it is a natural flea repellent. It requires more work than simply apply a toxic chemical 1x/month but it is worth it. Please look it up!

  • lisarhoney 7 Mar, 2011

    Part of the problem may be that essential oils do NOT mix with water. However, it will mix with distilled water. Also if it were me, I would use more than 4-6 drops of oil to a 4oz bottle. Perhaps 15-20. I am a certified aromatherapist, and I have made bug spray with oils that worked.

  • staciet 23 Jun, 2010

    This doesn't work on people or animals. Never use flea collars. They only keep fleas off a dog's neck and they are toxic to both your dog and you. Advantix is the only flea treatment I use on my dogs. I've used it for 10 years. Flea and tick free. Nothing else works - I've tried it all before realizing that natural products just are not reliable for flea and tick protection. With lyme disease everywhere, I won't take the chance. My parents used Frontline and their dog now has lyme disease.

  • ILovePeanut 22 Sep, 2009

    Does this work effectively for fleas on animals?

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