4 DIY Insect Repellents

Repel insects without the use of chemicals with these DIY options.


  • Cayenne can make a great natural pest repellent.
    Photo by iStock; Voyagerix

1.Rosemary Spray Add 17 drops rosemary essential oil to 1 liter of water. Apply frequently.

2. Thyme Spray Run a couple of handfuls of fresh thyme through a blender with water. Strain and spray plants to help repel stink bugs.

3. Garlic Spray Soak 6 large, crushed garlic cloves in vegetable oil overnight. Strain and mix oil with 2 liters of water. Spray immediately and often.

4. Garlic and Chili Pepper Spray Crush 6 garlic cloves and mix with 1 tablespoon powdered cayenne and 1 quart warm water in a glass jar. Cover and put in a sunny spot for 3 days. Strain and spray entire plant. (Be sure to wear gloves and eye protection when spraying!)



For more information on garden pests visit:
Garden Insects: Friend or Foe?



Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 64% Off the Cover Price

Get the latest on Natural Health and Sustainable Living with Mother Earth News!

Mother Earth News

Your friends at Mother Earth Living are committed to natural health and sustainable living. Unfortunately, the financial impact of COVID-19 has challenged us to find a more economical way to achieve this mission. We welcome you to our sister publication Mother Earth News. What you sought in the pages of Mother Earth Living can be found in Mother Earth News. For over 50 years, “The Original Guide to Living Wisely” has focused on organic gardening, herbal medicine, real food recipes, and sustainability. We look forward to going on this new journey with you and providing solutions for better health and self-sufficiency.

The impact of this crisis has no doubt affected every aspect of our daily lives. We will strive to be a useful and inspiring resource during this critical time and for years to come.

Best wishes,
Your friends at Mother Earth Living and Mother Earth News

Save Money & a Few Trees!

By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of Mother Earth News for only $12.95 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.95 for 6 issues.

Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
International Subscribers - Click Here
Canadian subscriptions: 1 year (includes postage & GST).


Facebook Pinterest Instagram YouTube Twitter

Classifieds