22 Natural Ways To Repel Mosquitoes, Bees, Wasps, Ants And Other Pesky Bugs This Summer

Summer knocks on our doors and many people are excited about it. Camping trips, country fairs, pools are few of its benefits but, some people are not as much exited for it because of the bugs.

If you want to enjoy your summer and have all the fun in the world during it, without the boring mosquitoes and bugs that are following next to it, here are some tricks for keeping them away.

All of these tricks are completely natural because by using chemical insect repellents that contain DEET you will only do harm to your body.

Natural ways to repel Insects

Cedar – Natural cedar is great against moth issues. Buy cedar blocks or shavings and place them inside your closet and you will keep away all those pesky little bugs that are after your clothes and fabrics.

Citrus Peels – Did you know that peels from any kind of citrus fruit can be used for keeping away the spiders? Rub down any area of your house with it where the spiders are present, from windowsills to bookshelves. It smells amazing and also is great natural polish for wood surfaces.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil – In case of mosquitoes, lemon eucalyptus oil is as much as effective as the DEET. It also besides repelling mosquitoes it can be used to prevent deer tick bites.

Garlic – Eat large amounts of garlic if you want to keep the mosquitoes away from you. All kinds of bugs are able to sense the body’s secrets from garlic. Also, consider sprinkling garlic powder around your home.

White vinegar – Place white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the areas with ants present on them. If you want to use it on carpet or colored fabric, test the solution previously. It can be used in many occasions around the house.

Herbs – Want to keep the bugs away from your house? Place or plant around both front and back door, some fragrant herbs. They will keep the bugs away from your house and will liven up all the dishes in the kitchen. Basil, bay leaves, garlic, mint, citronella, lemongrass are few great choices.

Keep your house clean – This advice is not actually very funny as the others but, you must maintain your house clean in order to keep the pests away. Vacuum and clean the dust regularly and wash all the surfaces with soapy water. If you do this frequently you would not have frequent problems with pests.

Cinnamon – Some experts declare that if you put cinnamon in a line around the bug’s entry they will not cross it. So cinnamon is of great help to keep bugs away from your house. If your kid’s sandboxes are invaded with bugs, in order to keep them away from there as well sprinkle cinnamon powder inside it.

Baby powder – Although some people do not consider baby powder as natural substance, for many people it represents better solution than DEET. It is said that it can repel bees and wasps if it is sprinkled around. Worth trying.

Chalk – Yes, ants are afraid of chalk! They will avoid walking through the chalk. This is great solution if you want to keep them away. Draw a few chalk lines around the house and indeed they will not even try to cross it.

Cucumber Slices –Slice up cucumber and leave them around your kitchen. It will keep the ants away because they cannot stand it and will be as far as possible from it.

Dryer Sheets – While you are hiking, camping or gardening, put dryer sheet inside your pocket. This will keep mosquitoes, gnats and other insects away from you. It is quite funny but it works and it is much easier than slathering on the bug spray. Also, your clothes will smell amazing.

Onion – it is common insect repellent. Slice up onions and place them in a bowl of water. The bugs will literally run away from it. Also besides your plants, you can use onion plants in your garden in order to keep the bugs away from attacking them.

Vanilla Extract

This is one great alternative for you if you do not want your repellent to smell like garlic or onions. For example, mix vanilla extract with water and also you can add lemongrass extract, lavender or mint extracts, it will not only cut off the pests it will also smell amazing.

Wear more light than dark clothes

All of your clothes for summer should be lighter colored because mosquitoes are attracted to dark colored clothing. If you practice the lighter side more the bugs will be away from you.


Sometimes when we are in stressed situation or we sweat, the hormones and pheromones which are released due to these activities attracts the bugs towards you. So, relax yourself, do not exercise outside and reduce your stress level.

Soybean Oil –Except for being excellent in cooking it is also amazing insect repellent. According to one recent study repellents which are made with soybean oil keep the mosquitoes away for 94.6 minutes which is far way more than any other tested repellent.

Citronella –It is present in almost every outdoor candle, torches and lanterns. It is considered as one of the most powerful natural repellent against insects. It is your choice, make candles by yourself, plant citronella grass outside your house or buy oil and rub your skin with it.

Use unscented products – Shampoos, soaps and every product which consists fruit- scented smell represents target of the bugs. They are attracted to smell of flowers and fruit so, if they represent problem to you, start using unscented body products.

Bat House – I recommend this if the bugs crossed the line of your patience. Yes it does sounds a little more unusual but by building a bat house and by attracting the bats to live near your house, mosquito population around you will significantly be reduced. They eat up to 3000 mosquitoes in a night so they can be much of a help. Ask someone with more experience to do the job.

Cut off standing water – If you own bird bath or pool for kids in your yard you might rethink if you are sure that you want to keep it. Mosquitoes love to live in standing water so, due to it remove any kind of standing water that you own and get rid of any containers that might harboring it.

Trap – Traps can be of a help. Make trap for mosquitoes by using 2 liter soda bottle, sugar and water. These materials are super cheap and can help you.

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