Simple, Homemade Bug Spray

With a base of witch hazel and apple cider vinegar, this simple spray should keep flying pests at bay.


| June/July 2017



homemade bug spray

Try this recipe next time you’ll be spending an evening outdoors where mosquitoes or other flying pests are a problem.


Photo by Adobe stock/Rob.

Nothing can spoil a nice day or evening outdoors faster than a group of hungry mosquitoes. This is an effective natural mosquito repellent to have on hand, especially if you’re entertaining outdoors and have a flying-pest issue in your yard. You can fill small bottles and place them in a large basket near your seating area for guests to use individually. Yield: about 16 ounces.

• 2 cups witch hazel
• 1-1/2 tsp lemongrass or citronella essential oil
• 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Directions: Combine all ingredients and pour them into a large spray bottle or several smaller bottles. To use, shake slightly to re-blend, and then spray onto your skin.

For more simple recipes, see Natural Insect Repellents.





dairy goat

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR

Aug. 5-6, 2017
Albany, Ore.

Discover a dazzling array of workshops and lectures designed to get you further down the path to independence and self-reliance.

LEARN MORE