When an army of tiny but annoying pests starts invading your home, usually the first reaction is to grab whatever insecticide you can find and spray it all around both indoor and outdoor surfaces. However, dousing your house in toxins and chemicals can be a really bad idea, especially if you have kids or pets around.
But, here’s some good news for you – you don’t have to choose between dealing with bugs or with pesticides! There are many natural solutions that are just as effective in deterring and getting rid of bugs as the toxic commercial products.
Even better news – these products are usually easy to use, inexpensive and you probably already have most of them laying around your kitchen cabinets.
So, the next time those pesky little critters try to occupy your porch, garden or even get inside your home, try out some of these all-natural home remedies to keep bees and bugs away.
The Best Home Remedies to Keep Bees and Bugs Away
1. DIY Bee-Repellent Spray
Hearing the ominous buzzing anywhere near your house or backyard can be pretty frightening. But this simple, natural spray can help you deter the bees before they even think about building a nest on your property. Better safe than sorry.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 drop of cinnamon essential oil
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1 cup of baby shampoo (unscented)
All you have to do is mix all the ingredients well together. Transfer the mixture to a clean spray bottle and spray all around the areas where you usually see bees.
If you don’t have any cinnamon essential oil, you can replace it with tea tree or peppermint essential oil. You can even mix together any two or all three oils.
2. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils
In a small glass bottle, mix 20 drops of witch hazel, 1 drop of eucalyptus essential oil and 1 drop of lavender oil. Soak cotton balls in this mixture and leave them in the kitchen cabinets and other areas where you usually see bugs.
This combination is one of the best home remedies for mosquitos, bees and other bugs. Plus, not only you can use it around your house and in the backyard, but you can also apply it directly to your skin, to protect yourself from mosquitoes.
You can also use this oil combination to treat mosquito bites. Just mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil, 5 – 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil and ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar. Use cotton balls to apply the mixture directly to the bites.
3. Dust mite repellent spray
Knowing you share your bed with millions of tiny bugs is not a pleasant thought. No matter how small they are, dust mites are still able to cause us many health problems, mostly triggering and worsening the symptoms of allergies.
Luckily, there are some proven natural ways to get rid of dust mites. First, just keeping your house dust-free (as much as possible) can help a lot. And then, you can also make a natural bug-repelling linen spray.
Just like most bugs, dust mites also hate strong scents. Which is why essential oils can be your best choice to remove the dust mites from your bedding, and at the same time make the room smell fresh and cozy.
Essential oils that are especially efficient at repelling dust mites are basil, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, palmarosa, eucalyptus and clove.
For this spray, you can use just one of the oils or make your own custom blend. Basil and lemongrass essential oils can be especially efficient combination that not only repels dust mites, but it can also help you get rid of fleas and lice.
To make dust mite repellent spray, add 20 – 30 drops of any of the essential oils to 1 cup of water. Pour into a spray bottle and spray lightly on your bed. Shake the bottle before every use.
4. Anti-bug spray with mint and garlic
This spray is a great choice if you want to protect the plants in your garden from bugs. You will need:
- 1 head of garlic
- 2 cups of fresh mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon dry cayenne pepper
- 6 cups water
- around 1 teaspoon of biodegradable dish soap
Separate and peel all the garlic cloves. Put them all in the blender. Add the mint and blend everything. Transfer the mixture to a pot, add water and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and let it sit overnight.
The next morning, strain the mixture and add the dish soap to the liquid. Mix everything and pour into spray bottles.
Liberally spray all over the plants you want to protect from bugs. If there’s need, you can repeat the process in a few weeks, or sooner in case it rains in the meantime.
5. Cayenne pepper spray
Hot peppers irritate most bugs and make them stay away. You can use this spray both outdoors and indoors, but with some caution. Not only it can get messy, but hot peppers can also irritate the skin of your pets and small kids.
Warm up 1 gallon of water. Add around 3 tablespoons of cayenne pepper. (If you don’t have any cayenne pepper, you can replace it with hot pepper flakes or you can use 10 fresh peppers, finely chopped).
Let the mixture slowly simmer for around 15 minutes. Then remove from the heat, cover the pot and leave it overnight. The next morning, strain the mixture and add a few drops of a biodegradable dish soap. Mix well and pour into spray bottles.
If you don’t want to bother with making the spray, you can simply sprinkle some cayenne pepper in your kitchen cabinets and other areas you want to protect from bugs.
So, these are some of the best home remedies to keep bees and bugs away. If you have some other efficient recipe for a natural bug repellent, please share it in the comments.