Warmer Weather, Time for Bug Spray

It’s getting warmer out.  We’ve already hit highs in the 80’s here in Kansas City.

That means the bugs are coming out.  And that means it’s time to make up some bug spray.

 

Natural, Non-Toxic Bug Spray

I stopped using store bought bug sprays a few years ago.  It’s so easy and inexpensive to make my own!  And when I make my own, I know exactly what’s in it.  I can choose natural and safe ingredients and customize them for my family. No more chemicals and pesticides!

 

Bug Spray That Actually Works

Natural is great, but it also needs to WORK.

Ever since I was a little kid, mosquitoes have LOVED me!  I’d walk two feet outside and I’d get bit.  I’d be in a group of people and no one else would get bit, but I’d be covered in bites.

So I had a big incentive to find an all-natural bug spray I could make with my essential oils that would keep those bugs away from me.

And if you’d like another option for keeping mosquitoes, ticks, flies, gnats and other bugs away, try my recipe for essential oil bug repellent LOTION BARS.  Unlike, most other recipes for “bug away” lotion bars, these are non-greasy, smell great, and really work.  Or try these easy “Bug Away” essential oil mason jar candles to help keep mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and other bugs away from a crowd at a picnic, backyard BBQ, or pool party.

If you do get a mosquito bite or two, a rash, or other summer-time itchy skin, then here’s my recipe for my favorite anti-itch sticks.  They’re all natural and made with the soothing goodness of essential oils (of course!)  Make them ahead and keep them handy in your herbal first aid kit.  Carry one of these handy sticks around with you while hiking, camping, swimming or just hanging out in your yard this summer.  Just rub over bug bite, and it will start calming skin.  Itch relief in no time.

 

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Lots of Effective Essential Oil Options

I’m a researcher, so I read and researched and experimented to learn what essential oils really work for mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and ticks— the most common bugs we all deal with come summer.

I flipped through lots of essential oil books.   I read Pinterest recipes.  I read research papers.  I crossed checked the info.  I tried lots of different blends on me and my family.

And do you know what I found?

LOTS of essential oils work to repel bugs.

There’s not just one perfect combo.  You’re not limited to the one recipe you stumble across on Facebook or the one that your friend tells you about.  Those may be great, and you may love them.  Then you’re all set.  But if not, I hope to give you options so that you can easily make a custom bug spray that your family loves.

 

Basic Bug Spray Recipe

to a 4 oz spray bottle add…

2 oz of witch hazel (This doesn’t need to be exact.  I just eyeball it by filling the bottle a little less than half full)

2 oz of distilled water (again, I eyeball it and fill the bottle most of the way full, but leave room for the essential oils and the spray top)

essential oil 

20-25 drops for kids age 3+

40-50 drops for adults and kids age 10+

(that might sound like a lot of essential oil, but keep in mind that this recipe makes a 4 ounce spray which is the equivalent of 12 standard size roller bottles)

Tips for using

  • oils and water don’t mix, so be sure to shake the bug spray before you use it
  • avoid spraying on face
  • avoid touching eyes and mouth if you have bug spray on your fingers
  • for young kids under 2, spray onto their clothes (and not on their skin)
  • apply as often as you need it

 

Where to Get Supplies

4 oz spray bottle

  • a glass spray bottle – here’s where I get mine
  • For bug spray, I prefer to use a plastic spray bottle since we’ll be using it outside and I don’t want to risk a glass bottle breaking
    • you may have one at home that you can reuse– check the bottom of the plastic bottle to see if it’s #1 PETE or #2 HDPE, either of those kinds of plastic will work
    • need a plastic spray bottle?  here’s one I like

witch hazel- here’s the kind I like

distilled water– right in the bottled water aisle at your grocery store or Walmart

 

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My Favorite Essential Oil Blends for Bug Spray (safe for adults and kids 10+)

10 drops geranium + 15 drops lavender + 5 drops patchouli + 10 drops lemongrass + 10 drops citronella

15 drops lemongrass + 15 drops eucalyptus + 20 drops citronella

20 drops lavender + 20 drops lemongrass + 10 drops peppermint

20 drops rosemary +  20 drops cedarwood + 10 drops peppermint

15 drops lavender + 10 drops basil + 10 drops rosemary + 15 drops spearmint

15 drops eucalyptus + 20 drops lavender + 15 drops lemongrass

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Kid-Safe Essential Oil Blends for Bug Sprays (for kids age 3+)

10 drops lavender + 10 drops citronella

8 drops lavender + 5 drops geranium+ 7 drops cedarwood

10 drops lemon eucalyptus + 10 drops lavender

5 drops lavender + 5 drops geranium + 2 drops patchouli + 8 drops spearmint

5 drops geranium + 5 drops citronella + 2 drops patchouli + 3 drops lemon eucalyptus + 3 drops lavender + 3 drops spearmint

10 drops citronella + 5 drops lemon eucalyptus + 3 drops patchouli + 3 drops lavender

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Have you seen this kid-safe bug spray? Love it!! it's keeps bugs away and it's DEET-FREE!! It's made with lemon eucalyptus essential oil, which the CDC (Center for Disease Control) recommends as an effective mosquito repellent.

 

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Which Essential Oils Repel Mosquitoes, Flies, and Ticks?

Which essential oils work to repel bugs?  The answer depends on which bug you’re wanting to keep away.  I’ve got a more detailed table below, but here’s a good introduction to some of the most effective essential oils for repelling mosquitoes, flies, and ticks.

Mosquitoes:  lavender, geranium, lemongrass, eucalyptus, citronella, and others

Flies & Gnats:  lavender, patchouli, rosemary, peppermint, spearmint, and others

Ticks:  lavender, lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, sage, thyme, and others

 

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Want to know which essential oils to use in your bug spray?  Want to create your own blend?

The table below shows which essential oils work to repel mosquitoes, flies, and ticks.

The stars are meant to call out the essential oils that seem particularly good at repelling that bug. It’s not really scientific which ones got a star and which ones didn’t; it’s more subjective based on a few things: my personal use and experience, any research reports I stumbled upon, and how many other homemade bug repellents also use that EO to ward off that bug. So it’s really just shorthand for me and you to know which essential oils I’d go to first to repel that bug.

And on the right side of the table, it also lists which essential oils are generally considered safe to be used topically (diluted, of course) with kids that age.

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DIY kid-safe bug spray that really works! great for mosquitoes, flies, gnats, and ticks. Homemade, natural, and made with essential oils.

 

Want a cute label for DIY bug spray?

These labels are included in the free printable (along with the bug spray recipes and charts on which essential oils work to repel mosquitoes, flies, and ticks).

You can print the labels out on adhesive label paper, but I usually just print labels like this on plain white printer paper.  I use clear packing tape to adhere them to the spray bottle.  Here’s how I do that:

  • print out labels on plain printer paper
  • neatly cut around each label
  • make a wider piece of tape
    • cut two pieces of clear packing tape (about 3 inches in length each)
    • lay the two pieces of tape down on a clean surfaces with the sticky side up
    • overlap the two pieces of tape by about a quarter inch
  • place the paper label image side down on the tape, making sure to leave at least a 1/4 inch border
  • cut out the label, leaving at least a 1/4 inch border of tape (so it will stick to the bottle)
  • stick the label to the bottle, smoothing down as you go to avoid air bubbles

 

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45 Comments

  1. Bonnie May 12, 2016 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Hey Sarah – can you tell me what the stars mean in your Essential Oils for Bug Spray chart above?

    • Sarah Lewis May 13, 2016 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Hi, Bonnie. Great question! I think I forgot to mention that. The stars are meant to call out the essential oils that seem particularly good at repelling that bug. It’s not really scientific which ones got a star and which ones didn’t; it’s more subjective based on a few things: my personal use and experience, any research reports I stumbled upon, and how many other homemade bug repellents also use that EO to ward off that bug. So it’s really just shorthand for me and you to know which essential oils I’d go to first to repel that bug. – Sarah

  2. KC June 18, 2016 at 2:12 pm - Reply

    Love the recipes but would like to know WHICH eucalyptus you used.
    Thanks

    • Sarah Lewis June 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm - Reply

      Hi, KC. I typically use eucalyptus radiate. – Sarah

  3. Erin June 29, 2016 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Hi, why is witch hazel the base and is there anything I could substitute it with? I just don’t want to go to the store. I understand I will need something to dilute the essential oils

    • Sarah Lewis July 12, 2016 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      Hi, Erin.
      The witch hazel in this recipe is mostly to help distribute the essential oil into small particles (you have to shake the mixture to do this).
      There are many other options of things you can substitute instead of the witch hazel:
      Instead of witch hazel, you could use water. Just be sure to use up the bug spray within a few days or so, so the that water in the bug spray doesn’t go bad.
      You could also substitute alcohol (like cheap vodka). This works great if you’ll be spraying the bug spray on clothing. You can spray it on skin, but I wouldn’t as it will sting if anyone has an open cut or a sunburn.
      The essential oils can also be diluted with a carrier oil (coconut oil, olive oil, etc) and applied to the skin.
      And lastly, you can use essential oils straight on clothing or diffuser jewelry. A couple of drops of these essential oils on a diffuser bracelet/necklace, scarf or shirt, will help to repel bugs. (be sure to spot test in a hidden place if applying to fabric to make sure it won’t stain)
      Hope that helps give some ideas of how you can use essential oils to keep bugs at bay even if you don’t have witch hazel.
      Sarah

  4. Andrea Starbuck July 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Is there a recipe or one particular oil that repels fleas?

    • Sarah Lewis July 12, 2016 at 7:04 pm - Reply

      Hi, Andrea.
      Both cedarwood and lavender essential oils are great at repelling fleas. You can use a combination of these oils or choose the one that’s your favorite.
      Sarah

  5. Danielle July 22, 2016 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    Hi, I’m wondering about the use of peppermint oil on/around children. I see that the chart shows how much it should be diluted, but I have seen many sites that say it shouldn’t be used at all for kids under 6 due to risk of slowing breathing. Have you found any info that shows differently? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis August 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

      Hi, Danielle.
      That’s a great point. While experts have mixed opinions of how safe it is to use peppermint essential oil around young children, I believe in erring on the side of caution.
      That’s why none of the suggested recipes for kid bug sprays on this page use peppermint.
      Sarah

  6. Christine July 28, 2016 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Can you take the kids recipe of 10 lemon eucalyptus and 10 lavender and make it for adults using 20 lemon eucalyptus and 20 lavender?

    • Sarah Lewis August 1, 2016 at 9:24 pm - Reply

      Hi, Christine. Yes, that would make a great blend for healthy adults. Works great repelling bugs, and it smells great! – Sarah

  7. Terri October 4, 2016 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah. Love to read your posts, I have learned so meaning things from you. My question is, do you have any suggestions on how to get rid of stink bugs. We are plagued with them. Any suggestions would greatly be appreciated.

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:22 am - Reply

      Hi, Terri.
      thank you! It’s great to hear that you’re enjoying my blog. 🙂
      I’ve never had stink bugs, but I found several folks online who say that peppermint essential oil works to get rid of them. Mix 2 cups water and about 10 drops peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle and then spray where you’ve seen stink bugs and around entryways like doors and windows.
      In addition to the peppermint essential oil, a couple of other natural stick-bug repellents that people swear by are (1) kaolin clay mixed with water and sprayed on and around plants (especially tomato plants) and (2) sprinkling diatomaceous earth around windows and doors.
      I hope one of those does the trick. And thanks again for your note and kind words.
      Sarah

  8. Jocelyn October 4, 2016 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Do. Have a recommended recipient for children 2-3?

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:06 am - Reply

      Hi, Jocelyn.
      2 ounces witch hazel, 2 ounces, water, 10 drops citronella, 5 drops lavender, and 5 drops geranium would work great for kids age 2-3.
      Try to spray mostly on their clothes (and a little bit on their exposed skin).
      Sarah

  9. Katie Short April 14, 2017 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great Pinnable graphics! Such a helpful article… now to find what will work for me AND my dog. That’s a part of the EO world I have yet to explore.

  10. suria May 5, 2017 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah
    Can i use Rose-petal witch hazel instead (as that’s what i hv rite now).
    Will it affect the effectiveness of the repellent?

    Thank you.

    • Sarah Lewis May 9, 2017 at 9:19 am - Reply

      Hi Suria,
      I think it should work just fine. I’m a big fan of using what you’ve got!
      It’s the essential oils that help keep the bugs away.
      The witch hazel is just to try to help the essential oils “mix” with the water (although, of course, oil and water really don’t mix).
      Sarah

  11. Neylin May 10, 2017 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Hi
    My daughter will be 2 soon, I am looking for a bug spray for her that will work for both bugs and ticks.
    Do you have a recipe for one? TIA

    • Sarah Lewis May 15, 2017 at 8:11 pm - Reply

      2 oz distilled water
      2 oz witch hazel
      5 drops lavender essential oil
      5 drops citronella essential oil
      8-10 drops geranium essential oil

      mix well and spray on clothing (not on skin).
      And here are guideline from the CDC for ticks (such as where long sleeves and pants, avoid wooded and bushy areas, check for ticks, etc)

  12. Keely May 15, 2017 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah! Thanks for all the info on bug spray!! I’m wondering if I can mix lemon and eucalyptus oils to get the same benefits of lemon eucalyptus oil? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis May 15, 2017 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Keely,
      No, unfortunately lemon eucalyptus essential oil has a different composition than the combination of lemon essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. Lemon eucalyptus essential oil is mostly citronellal, whereas lemon is mostly limonene.
      You can read more about using lemon eucalyptus for a bug repellent in this article from the Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention.
      Sarah

  13. Britney May 28, 2017 at 7:33 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    I really enjoyed this article! I am allergic to nuts and even though Witch Hazel isn’t a nut its recommended not to use it anyways. I saw your post to someone else about using water (but it goes bad) and cheap alcohol. I was wondering if using the alcohol if it goes bad as well? Or if there is anything else that could be used that is more similar to witch hazel that could be sprayed on the skin?

    Thank you,
    Britney

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm - Reply

      Hi Britney,
      The witch hazel in the bug spray is just to help the essential oils disperse a little better in the water.
      Instead of the witch hazel, you can use a mix of water and a little sea salt to get the same effect.
      Here’s what to do…
      For bug spray use 4 oz of water (instead of the 2 oz water/2 oz witch hazel mix), then add a pinch of sea salt to help the essential oils disperse.
      Sarah

  14. Ashley May 28, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah!
    Love your info.
    My little one is about to be 1 ….
    Would your kid safe bug spray formula be safe for her to wear on her clothes?

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

      Hi Ashley,
      Yes, you just need to be careful about which essential oils you use. Some (like lemon eucalyptus) are too strong for little ones, even on their clothes.
      Here are a few essential oils that would be good for making a clothing spray for 1 year old: lavender, spearmint, cedarwood, geranium, and citronella.
      Sarah

  15. Jen May 30, 2017 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    Hi there, love this post! Thanks! My kids start summer camps next week. Mine are in different age/weight category than the rest of the questions with little ones. I have a 10 year old son who weights about 75 pounds and a 12 year old daughter who weighs about 100 pounds. Do you have a recommended recipe to repel in particular ticks and mosquitoes? Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Hi Jen,
      I’m not sure about the weights, but for kids 10 and older, this is a great blend for both mosquitoes and ticks.

      2 oz water
      2 oz witch hazel
      10 drops geranium
      15 drops lavender
      5 drops patchouli
      10 drops lemongrass
      10 drops citronella

      And in addition to using natural bug repellents, also try to use tick safety tips like avoiding woody and brushy areas, wearing long pants and socks that cover exposed skin, check skin for ticks when come inside, etc find tick satefy tips from the CDC here

  16. Karen May 31, 2017 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Sarah! I’m getting ready to go camping with my 8 year old Girl Scout. Last year, we created a similar bug spray (found on Pintrest) and it worked fantastically, until we ran out towards the end of the week! I’m very interest in your recipes and wonder how often we need to reapply- maybe we just applied it too often.

    • Sarah Lewis June 1, 2017 at 6:16 pm - Reply

      For me, how often we reapply depends on the how many bugs are around. On windy days here in Kansas when we’re hanging out in our yard, once every few hours works great. But when we at the lake in Minnesota (land of mosquitoes), then we might reapply every 30 minutes or so. At the first sign of bugs coming around us, we reapply (and spritz the air, too).
      And be sure to reapply after swimming.

  17. Andrea June 14, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    Hi!

    Which of the listed recipes do you use most often and curious to which brand or brands of EO do you use?

    Thanks!

    • Sarah Lewis June 18, 2017 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      I probably use the 15 lemongrass/15 eucalyptus/20 lavender combination most often. I just love those scents!
      I use several different brands of essential oils. Mostly, doTERRA, Young Living, Plant Therapy, and Edens Garden.

  18. Melissa Pandillo June 23, 2017 at 4:33 pm - Reply

    Hi! Thanks for this great post! My daughter just turned 1 year old and is getting bit by flies. Can I just use a lavender essential oil? What would the recipe be for that? Thank you!

    • Sarah Lewis July 7, 2017 at 1:54 pm - Reply

      I would try 2 oz distilled water, 2 oz witch hazel, and 20 drops lavender essential oil.
      Shake really well before each use, then spray on her clothes. (Avoid spraying on her skin.)

  19. Donna June 26, 2017 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Do the children mixtures work on adults?

    • Sarah Lewis July 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm - Reply

      Yes, the children mixtures do also work for adults. For adults, you can use them as is (which works great if sharing as a family), or you can double the amounts of essential oils and still be safe for healthy adults.

  20. Shandra July 10, 2017 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    HI, I’m looking for a recipe to keep lice away, my daughter brought some home from school, and I never want my family to go through that again!!! I bought lavender and citronella, but I have not made any mixtures, yet, I’m a little afraid, I have store bought lice prevention which was peppermint. Will your bug spray mixture work on Lice??

    • Sarah Lewis July 11, 2017 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      Oh, I can relate to this. When my daughter was younger, we discovered lice on her head around 10PM on Christmas Eve. It was so sad. And she had just had a slumber party, so we had to call all the other parents and let them know that their daughters might also have lice (and Merry Christmas).
      So I definitely feel for you! And completely believe you when you say you never want your family to go through that again.
      What’s worked for us is adding a few drops tea tree essential oil to her shampoo and conditioner. Lice don’t like the smell and have stayed away.

  21. Mary July 12, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    Do you know how much carrier oil I would need to use to make a blend for my grandson? He’s 5 and the moment he steps outside mosquitos and fleas flock to him. And can you recommend a blend? The things I have on hand are virgin coconut oil, lavander essential oil and cedarwood essenstial. He hates sprays of any sort, even though I always spray it on my hands and then put it on his skin, so I thought I could try a blend of oils instead.

    • Sarah Lewis July 12, 2017 at 6:42 pm - Reply

      Hi Mary,
      Using what you have, I would try mix about 7-8 drops lavender and 7-8 cedarwood in 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil. That’s a 5% dilution of essential oil to carrier oil which is stronger than I usually use topically when young children like your grandson, but it should help keep the bugs away. One thing I’d point out though, is lavender and cedarwood of two of the essential oils I use most commonly to get to sleep and stay asleep, so they might make you grandson tired and sleepy.

  22. Kayla Davies July 12, 2017 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Sorry, one other quick question….how long is the bug spray good for?

    • Sarah Lewis July 12, 2017 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      1-2 weeks

  23. Amber July 31, 2017 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I am looking for a oil to use in my house for flies.. And maybe something i can spray outside as well. I seen patchouli works. How would i go about doing this.

    • Sarah Lewis August 5, 2017 at 6:34 pm - Reply

      Yes, patchouli works to repel flies. Here are a few ways you can use it to keep flies away from the house.
      – put 4-8 drops in a diffuser
      – mix up about 1 cup water and 40 drops, then spray around house, on window screens, around doorways, etc — you’ll need to re-spray 1-2 times a day
      – put a few drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and scatter the cotton balls inside and outside the house (especially by doors, windows, and other places flies might try to come in the house). You’ll need to add more oil to the cotton balls every few days as the scent goes away.

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