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The Danger of Bugs and DIY Bug Repellent to Keep Them Away


Bugs… in other words, tiny insects that ruin a good backyard party! They land all over your food, bite you and your guests, and buzz all around you to annoy you.

How do you get rid of these pesky little things? Well, I have some great answers for you! First, limit the number of bugs that join your backyard get-togethers!

Dangers of Bugs

Bee on a flower

Most importantly, you want to keep your family and guests safe from these creepy bugs. They can carry diseases such as mosquitos and fleas. They can downright hurt you by stinging you, such as bees and wasps. Ticks are another one to look out for because of the bacteria they transmit. I think it’s safe to say no one wants to be bothered by any of these annoyances!

Readers Digest suggests watching out for these ten bugs during the summer:

  1. Black Widow Spider
  2. Tarantula Spider
  3. Africanized Bee
  4. Mosquitos
  5. Red Fire Ants
  6. Wasps
  7. Brown Recluse Spider
  8. Scorpions
  9. Ticks
  10. Centipedes and Millipedes

How do I Get Them to Go Away?

Okay, we know to watch out for these flying and crawling critters. But how do we do our best to protect ourselves from them? There are more ways than, one my friend. So let’s dive right into how to avoid and keep these buggers away.

DIY Bug Spray

Are you looking to get naturally rid of them? Then this DIY natural bug spray is for you!

Ants – To get rid of ants around your home, pour 4 TBSP of olive oil and 1 TBSP of mint extract into a spray bottle. Spray this around windowsills, door jams, and foundation cracks.

Ticks – In a spray bottle, mix 2- drops of lemongrass essential oil, 20 drops of eucalyptus essential oil, and 4 ounces of water. This is safe for humans and dogs! Spray on shoes, socks, and pant cuffs.

Mosquitoes – In a spray bottle, mix 2 cups of filtered water, 5 drops of geranium essential oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oils, and 20 drops of citronella essential oils.

Spiders – Mix 15-20 drops of peppermint essential oil and 16 ounces of filtered water in a spray bottle. Spray this around windows and doors. Spiders will do anything to stay away from peppermint!

DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Placing candles outside at a backyard party doesn’t only look beautiful, but they can serve a significant purpose as well. Keep bugs away from your family and guests by placing these DIY bug repellent candles all over.

Here is what you need to get those mosquitos off your back!

  • Mason jars
  • 3 floating candles
  • 32 ounces of water.
  • 40 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • 8 fresh rosemary sprigs

Separate the ingredients evenly into 3 separate mason jars. Place the floating candle on top, and you are finished! A gorgeous way to keep the nasty mosquitos away!

You can also mix lemon and oranges, thyme, lavender, rosemary, citronella oil, cinnamon, and hot water into mason jars as well. Place a floating candle on top, and you have another great natural bug repellent candle!

Enjoy Summer With Fewer Bug Bites

Food set on a table outside

With these natural bug repellants, you can relax outside without worrying about being a meal for multiple bugs! Your family will have more fun with fewer bug bites!

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