Ants, flies, mosquitoes, and other bugs can be so irritating and frustrating to deal with at home, but at the same time, you do not want to use harmful chemicals to get rid of them with young children in the house. If you are looking for a safer way to get rid of bugs in your home, here are some DIY insect deterrents to make at home with a few simple household ingredients.
These DIY insect deterrents will keep insects away and are safe to use in the house. Essential oils are great to keep at home to use to make insect deterrents, so go and stock up on the ones used in the recipes below to keep your home bug-free!
Apple Cider Vinegar Mosquito Repellent
This apple cider vinegar mosquito repellent helps keep you and your kids free from bites, and the formula has some skin smoothing benefits as well, thanks to the apple cider vinegar and witch hazel.
What you need:
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- 1/3 cup witch hazel
- 40 drops of lemongrass, eucalyptus, tea tree, citronella or rosemary essential oil, or a combination
- One spray bottle
Add the apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, and essential oils together in the spray bottle. Mix together with a shake and you can get spraying.
This is the ideal repellent to use if you are concerned about the well-being of your skin, as apple cider vinegar is known to balance skin’s pH levels and soothe the skin.
Bug Repellent For The Home Or Yard
Use this DIY bug spray in your home on your counters, floors, or in the yard to keep bugs away from outdoor furniture and plants.
What you need:
- Lavender essential oil -10-20 drops
- Lemon eucalyptus essential oil – 10-20 drops
- Citronella essential oil – 10-20 drops
- 1L Distilled water
- 1L white vinegar
- Spray bottle
Simply mix the essential oils, water, and vinegar together in a bowl or directly in the spray bottle. Start off with 10 drops of each essential oil, and add more from there to get a strong enough mixture.
Spray this both indoors and outdoors to keep away ants, mosquitoes, and flies. It also makes the home smell lovely!
Cotton Balls & Peppermint Oil
Perfect for the festive time of year, or anytime you are having an issue with bugs, this method of keeping ants, aphids, beetles, fleas, flies, lice, mice, and moths is effective and so easy to use.
Once you have identified the areas in your home where bugs are more present, you can soak cotton wool balls in peppermint oil and place these in the problem areas. This will keep all the creepy crawlies away, and it gives the home a wonderful peppermint aroma as well!
If you do not want to use cotton balls, you can place peppermint oil directly onto these areas, or mix a few drops of peppermint oil with some water in a spray bottle and spray down counters and surfaces to keep insects away.