Homemade insect repellents offer a substitution for toxic commercial-brand insecticides. Spring and summer months present hassles for dealing with an overabundance of insects.  These six-legged creatures are unwanted company inside our homes or on our body when enjoying the outdoors.  Commercial insect repellents contain carcinogens and toxins that are dangerous for humans and domestic animals.  Inhaling the fumes of chemicals and commercialized pesticides can affect your respiratory system and lung functioning, as well as lead to infections and promote cancer. Furthermore, when placing these harmful chemicals on your skin, the skin absorbs these toxins and chemicals enter your bloodstream.   Homemade insect repellants offer a safe solution to your bug problems.

Cockroaches carry bacteria, like Salmonella.


Cockroaches are carriers of harmful bacteria and diseases.  To rid your home and yard of cockroaches, combine 4 tbsp. of borax, 2 tbsp. of flour and 1 tbsp. of cocoa powder into a bucket or container.  Place the mixture in small cups or bottles caps where cockroaches are likely to run across or hide.  When the cockroaches eat their free meal, this mixture will prove fatal.   Cockroaches are unable to digest the borax and flour mixture.  Cocoa lures the cockroaches to eat the mixture. 


Ants can be problematic when they begin marching in lines across your kitchen floor, shower, walls or anywhere in your house.  Because some individuals prefer to repel insects instead of killing them, I am offering a homemade insect repellent for ants and a homemade ant exterminator solution for your home. 

Ant Repellent.  You will need to gather 2 tbsp. of sassafras leaves and 2 cups of water. Boil the sassafras leaves in the water for five minutes. Allow the liquid to cool and strain the liquid into a bowl.  Paint the liquid where the ants have established a trail or where you are likely to find ants. The sassafras mixture will send these marchers on their way and out your door.  Store the remaining liquid in a glass or inflexible plastic containers.

Ant Exterminator.  The ant exterminator works in a similar fashion as the cockroach mixture.  Add ¼ cup of sugar and ¼ cup of dry yeast to ½ cup of molasses.  Stir the mixture to form a paste.  Paint pieces of cardboard with this paste and place the cardboard in the line of the ants. The ants will be drawn to the paste, but will be unable to escape.  Once you have captured your ants, discard the cardboard.



Mosquitoes are a human’s enemy. Mosquitoes carry deadly diseases, such as dengue, malaria, yellow fever and even elephantiasis found in the tropics.  Additionally, man’s best friend, the dog, can contract heartworms from a mosquito bite.  Only female mosquitoes attack humans and animals. The male mosquitoes can live off of the juices of plants.  The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to destroy the breeding grounds.  One female mosquito can generate 500 hundred eggs.  However, if you are just trying to enjoy the outdoors without having your blood sucked out of you, this formula will keep you safe.

You will need 2 tbsp. of eucalyptus oil, 4 tbsp. of talc and 1 ¾ cups of cornstarch. Mix the talc and cornstarch together first.  Then, add the eucalyptus oil until the oil is absorbed. You can dust this human- and animal-safe mixture on your clothes or skin to act as a repellent.  Store your mixture in a metal, glass or impenetrable plastic container. 

If your prefer a mist in place of the aforementioned powder, another mosquito repellent you can use includes 1 tbsp. of cinnamon oil, 1 tbsp. patchouli oil, 4 tbsp. of sandal oil and  2 ½ cups of alcohol.  Mix ingredients in a spray bottle.  You may use on the skin, as these ingredients are safe on the skin and provides a pleasant odor.  This homemade insect repellent keeps mosquitoes from biting you without exposing you to toxins and the malodorous scent contained in commercial-brand repellents. 

Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are parasitic insects, as well.  Ticks carry Lyme disease which can cause death in your domesticated animals and central nervous impairment in humans.  Fleas carry diseases, as well.  When a dogs or cat eats fleas, internal parasites, such as worms, may result.  If your dog or cat is severely infested with fleas, your dog may have difficulty producing enough blood to sustain life. 

To produce a mixture to get rid of fleas and ticks in your home or animals, you will need 4 oz. of naphthalene, the active ingredient in moth balls, 12 oz. of starch and a few drops of eucalyptus oil.  Moth balls will work in this mixture, but you will need to ground them up prior to use.  Reduce naphthalene and starch to a fine powder.  Add the drops of eucalyptus oil. Rub the mixture into the skin of your animal.  Make sure the repellent is reaching the skin, not just the fur, of your animal.  Leave the mixture on for two days and give your animal a bath.  For home use, you will not need the eucalyptus oil.  Sprinkle outdoors or indoors where infestation is present.  This mixture does possess an unpleasant odor, but it is not harmful to you or your pets.  Two drawbacks of pet-flea-and-tick treatments are high cost and physiological side effects.  Neurological conditions are observed in pets treated with commercial-flea-and- tick treatments.  



Moths are insects that love to eat fabric.  To repel moths from your outdoor fabric, wash your fabric in a mixture of 1 tsp. ammonia and 1 gallon of water.  Allow material to soak in this solution for a couple of minutes. Do not rinse. Hang fabric up to dry.  Repeat every six to 12 months. This homemade insect repellent is not dangerous to humans and does not kill moths.

If you prefer a powder, in place of the aforementioned solution, the following mixture should work.  You will need 2 oz. of cloves, 2 oz. of cinnamon,  2 oz. of mace, 2 oz. of black pepper and 2 oz. of orris root.  Mix and refine ingredients into a coarse powder.  Sprinkle or rub over surfaces and fabric you wish to prevent moths.   Moths will never eat your outdoor fabrics again.