We can't even enjoy our backyard or pool because of the biting flies and mosquitoes this year. We have fifty chickens who aren't doing their jobs!
I hate using bug sprays from the store because they are full of chemicals. I don't want the chemicals on my kids' skin, and they don't like the feel or smell of the spray.
This year, I started making my own natural bug spray. It works just as well as the store bought stuff on mosquitoes and flies for the backyard. If you're heading deep into the woods, it probably won't repel all of the bugs. But for our backyard, this works great.
Mosquito bites aren't just annoying; they can cause serious health issues. Two of my kids also get huge welts when they are bit by a mosquito, and it itches horribly.
Do not use this recipe on children under the age of 3!
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DIY Natural Bug Spray Recipe
What You Need
- 8-ounce spray bottle
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel
- 1/2 teaspoon vodka
- 2 tablespoons neem oil (you can substitute olive oil or omit the oil, but neem oil is a natural insecticide)
- 55 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops rosemary essential oil
- 15 drops lavender essential oil
- 15 drops cedarwood essential oil
Simply mix all ingredients in the spray bottle. You can double the recipe if you want.
The vodka is used a preservative. If you want to skip the vodka, store in the fridge and use within two weeks.
These essential oils are a guide. You can alter the recipe as needed. The lemon eucalyptus is very important to the recipe, and you might not get good results if you leave this out.
Shake before each use to combine the oils and the water.
Apply every few hours as needed.
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