Why make your own insect repellent?
2. It’s MUCH more effective than store brands.
such as OFF botanicals has p-Menthane-3,8-Diol in it.
4. It’s easy, the spray lasts forever and it smells much nicer than any store-bought spray.
2oz of isopropyl alcohol
5-10 drops each of lemongrass, eucalyptus, rosemary, clove and tea tree oil.
Mix together in a bottle and spray clothes or body. Each oil is GRAS (generally recognized as safe) for humans and dogs. Please do not use this on cats or babies. If you don’t have all of these oils, you can narrow it down to just lemongrass, both ticks and mosquitos cannot stand lemongrass, just up your mixture to around 25 drops of lemongrass. Also, you can substitute whole cloves for clove oil.
Why I love this spray
This spray is the best, it’s easy to make and works so much better than OFF. I’ve tested it out on many occasions and have yet to be bitten by a mosquito or tick while using it. I’ve also tested it side by side (some people using OFF and some using this spray) and found that the mosquitos prefer to nibble on the OFF wearers.
Why does it work?
The reason it works is because mosquitos and ticks both hate lemongrass, it is typically the active ingredient in most natural sprays. Ticks also hate eucalyptus and rosemary making it a triple threat.
Even more oils they hate
Ticks: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage/clary sage, bergamot, cedarwood, lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint, geranium, sweet orange, and rosemary.
Mosquitoes: citronella, eucalyptus, tea tree, peppermint, cypress, rose geranium, bergamot and basil.
If you like this post, see my other post, Plant a pest repellent garden