Insects can ruin the best of gardens.
Whether the little pests are invading your garden, or your home, you
want to get rid of the them right away. The trouble is, many chemical
insect repellents are dangerous for children and pets, not to mention
unpleasant. There is a solution â€“ you can try a natural insect
repellent spray. Below is a recipe for a simple insect repellent
spray that you can make at home. It does the trick and it smells
Things You Will Need
1 gallon of water, lavender essential
oil, peppermint oil (optional), cedarwood/pine/patchouli essential
oil (optional), a spray bottle
one gallon of fresh water. Spring water is best, but you can use tap
water if spring water is not available.
the water, add 5 drops of lavender essential oil. It smells
wonderful, and is also great for repelling many different insects,
like beetles, flies, fleas, moths, and mosquitoes.
next step is optional. You may want to add an additional 5 drops of
peppermint oil in order to repel caterpillars and ants. This will
also have the added bonus of inhibiting mold.
oil is very strong, and can irritate skin, so adding it means your
mixture should not be applied directly to the body. If you use it,
you should insure that the repellent is never sprayed near eyes or
you choose not to add the peppermint oil, you should add an
additional 5 drops of lavender essential oil. This will make the
blend safer for use on skin and around pets and children.
next step is also optional. If you would like your mixture to repel
snails, then you can add an additional 5 drops of cedarwood or pine
or patchouli oil to the blend. These will change the scent slightly.
you've added all of the oils, stir in well to distribute. Pour some
of the liquid into a spray bottle.
can use this insect repellent spray directly in your garden and on
most surfaces. It is safe for use on your skin, but remember that it
should not be sprayed on the body if mint was added.
This insect repellent will only last
one week, since no preservatives or chemicals were used. To avoid
mold from forming, you should try to use it within one or two days of
making the spray.
Tips & Warnings