Here are four all-natural homemade bug sprays that can kick those pesky insects to the curb.
If you don’t like the idea of spraying too many chemicals on yourself or your children, these recipes take seconds to mix up and really work for every day sprays.
KNOW THY ENEMY
As soon as we step outside, bugs have a way of finding us. Some use the CO2 we exhale to locate us, others go by scent, body heat, vibrations, or even the colors we wear.
For example, deerflies are attracted to CO2, warmth, motion, and dark colors. One way to make yourself less attractive to insects is to avoid using fragrant soaps, lotions, perfume, hairspray, or aftershave. Instead, use scents that block their receptors, making you harder to find.
Mosquitoes hate citronella, lemon eucalyptus, cinnamon, geranium, and catnip.
Ants and flies dislike mint, basil, and bay.
Tiny gnats (such as No-See-Ums) are repelled by citronella, lemongrass, and rose geranium.
Ticks and lice avoid lemon eucalyptus and geranium.