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Bug Off: How to Repel Insects With DIY Recipes

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The 4th of July is so much fun—celebrating with friends and family, watching the fireworks, and other enjoying other outdoor festivities like a picnics and barbecues. There's only one potential downside: those pesky insects. Whether it's keeping insects away from your loved ones or from your roses... here are some simple DIY insect repelling solutions you can try.

These mixtures are for aphids, mosquitos, slugs, and more. Included are recipes you can create yourself.

Bug Off: How to Repel Insects with DIY Recipes

The following recipes are meant to fill 14 oz spray bottles.

How to repel insects

DIY solutions for repelling insects

Aphid Off Spray (For Roses)

Ingredients: 1 onion, 2 cloves of garlic, 2 cups of water, a funnel, spray bottle (14 oz) and old nylons

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor. Cut off the "foot" area of an old pair of nylons and strain mixture into a large measuring cup. Set funnel in spray bottle and pour mixture in, then shake well. Use this mixture to repel aphids from rose bushes. Test on an inconspicuous area first. Use a couple of squirts in the early morning hours. Remember to spray both the tops and bottoms of leaves.

Bugs Be Gone Spray (For Decks, Play Structures, and Patios)

 Ingredients: 1/2 onion, 4 garlic cloves, 2 cups of water, 2 tsp cayenne pepper, 1/2 tsp liquid dish soap, a funnel, spray bottle (14 oz) and old nylons

Directions: Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor. Cut off the "foot" area of an old pair of nylons and strain mixture into a large measuring cup. Set funnel in spray bottle and pour mixture in. Shake well and use on decks, play structures, and patios to repel bugs.

Bug Off Mosquito Spray (For People)

Ingredients: 16 ounce bottle of witch hazel, 10 drops of citronella essential oil, 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil, 5 drops of tea tree essential oil, 5 drops of lavender essential oil,  a funnel, large measuring cup, and spray bottle (14 oz).

Directions: Pour witch hazel into large measuring cup, add essential oils and blend well. Using funnel, pour into spray bottle.

Test by spraying a squirt or two in an inconspicuous area to make sure there's no reaction to the oils. If no adverse reaction, you can spray on exposed arms and legs but always keep away from eyes.

Easy DIY Bug Repellents (Label Download)

1. Click this link: Free DIY Insect Repellent Labels

2.  Click the three pink dots on the right of your screen to view all sizes, select large, and save to your computer

3. Print on sticker paper

 More Easy Bug Repellents

Here are some ideas using things you probably already have around your home that can also be used to repel bugs.

Fruit Flies: Pour a glass of apple cider vinegar and cover with plastic wrap. Using a pen or pencil, poke a few holes in the plastic wrap. Set near where you see the fruit flies. They will be attracted to the apple cider vinegar and get stuck in the glass.

Slugs and Snails: A squirt of regular vinegar will take care of slugs and snails. Another idea—pour beer into a shallow pie dish and "bury" the dish into ground where you've seen slugs. They will be drawn to the beer and drown.

Aphids: Ladybugs are a great "natural" way to deal with aphids. You can buy ladybugs at many garden stores.

Bees: Scented dryer sheets can help keep bees away. Tuck one on your pocket or if you are eating outdoors, tape it to your picnic blanket or picnic table.

What are you doing to keep the bugs away?

Malia KarlinskyMalia Karlinsky is a mom of three (two kids and a dog) who likes to cook, create crafts, and do DIY projects which she shares on her blog Yesterday on Tuesday. When she's not "mom-ing" Malia works as a blogger, writer, and TV contributor in Seattle, WA.
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