Make your own Natural Type Bug Spray. The bugs are here. In Colorado, on the Eastern plains this year is unbearable. With all the flooding and standing water it’s impossible to get away from the gnats and mosquitoes.
It’s been increasingly hard to find bug spray let alone a natural one around this area. You can make your own though. Look at any ingredients on your favorite bug spray and take note of the essential oils used and the percentage of each.
Depending on how much you make the percentage needs to be adjusted. This is for 8 ounces.
Supplies for an 8 oz bottle
- Spray bottle ( 8 oz or more)
- plastic squeeze dropper that measures in ml (milliliters)
- 8 ounces of distilled water
- 3% Citronella Essential Oil (7 ml)
- 2% Cedar Essential Oil (or Texas Cedarwood) (4.7 ml)
- 2% Lemongrass Essential Oil (4.7 ml)
- 1.5% Rosemary Essential Oil (3 ml)
- 1% Geranium Essential Oil (2 ml)
- 1% Peppermint Essential Oil (2 ml)
- Tablespoon of vegetable glycerin (optional). To hold it together.
How I figured the ml needed:
I took the total ounces (8) and figured 1% of 8 oz. Move the decimal to the left two spaces. 8 = .08
1% of 8 oz is .08 oz.
Then take 29.573 x .08 to figure out how many ml.
29.573 x .08 = 2.36 ml (2 ml)
1% of 8 oz is 2.36 ml. So, 2% is 4.7 ml, 3% is 7 ml, etc…
Now you can figure out the essential oil percentage in any amount of ounces. Yay!
Spray every 2 hours.
Some key ingredient (possibly the Citronella and Lemongrass) attract bees. Mass Bees. One day I had Bees coming at me from all angles, another day nothing. So, it depends on your surroundings. That is the only drawback I can see from this mix.
Take back your backyard and get out there!