Natural Bug Repellents

My girls are going to summer camp soon and I would like to give them a natural way to keep the bugs away. I am really anti-chemical and would like to stay away from the bug repelents that you find in the stores. I know some people may recommend dryer sheets (they seem to work for so many things) but I've read an article that they contain dangerous chemicals. I would appreciate your suggestions.



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June 7, 20050 found this helpful

Taking a B-complex a couple of times a day will keep mosquitos from eating them alive. But it will turn their pee bright yellow. Eating garlic will also do the same, but garlic pills won't work.

There are also "natural" bug repellants at health food stores.

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By Joan (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

high doses of viatmin c will do it too. Vitamin C is water soluable so it shouldn't hurt them.

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By MissVickie (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

Avon's Skin So Soft bath oil works great as a bug repellent! They are famous for it. Avon also now makes a deet-free bug repellent for children.

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By P. (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

Burt's Bees makes an all natural herbal bug spray. I have tried it and it really seems to work pretty well. Usually, if there is a mosquito in the neighborhood, it will fly from a long ways off to find me, but when I used this product, I didn't have any bites. It contains castor oil, rosemary oil, lemongras oil, cedar oil, citronella oil, peppermint oil, clove oil geranium oil, sunflower oil, wintergreen oil, and Vitamin E.


All of these oils of course makes it rather greasy, but it is definately effective! Just keep it away from nice clothese that you wouldn't want to get stained.

If you do not wish to use this product, I have heard that tea tree oil is somewhat effective as an insect repellent....have never tried it myself, though.

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By Sharon,Ky (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

A mother at the park the other day told me that soft paper towel strips (about the size of a baby wipe) soaked in Skin-so-soft with just a little bit of water was good for keeping bugs from biting. Buy one of the small plastic containers for wipes to keep them from drying out.

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By sandy. (Guest Post)
June 8, 20050 found this helpful

i sell avon. customers swear by skin so soft. you can go to or find a rep in your area.

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By sue (Guest Post)
June 19, 20050 found this helpful

I have tried (so far so good) 5 drops citronella oil, 5 drops cedarwood oil, 5 drops pennyroyal oil, 5 drops catnip oil, and 5 drops tea tree oil mix it with 1/2 ounce of witchazel, and 1 ounze glycerin or other oil base. Stir gently (not shaken) in a small spritzer. Keeps mosquitos, wasps, bees away, and hopefully horse flies ...I'll find out soon.

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By Stan (Guest Post)
August 10, 20050 found this helpful

The CDC recently recommeneded Oil of lemon Eucaylptus. Repel sells it and I bought it at Target in the Sporting Goods aisle.


It made me smell quite lemony but the bugs were nowhere to be found. GOOD STUFF! it also works on Ticks which most products don't claim

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By Robert Hinton (Guest Post)
June 23, 20080 found this helpful


I'm looking for a repellent that is effective against gnats that bite. Any suggestions?

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful
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1/2 cup Listerine, 1/2 cup water, 2tbs vanilla. Put it in spray bottle extract works great for gnats. Careful spraying on light clothing. I usually spray my skin and hair. I play golf and the gnats can be awful. This keeps them away.

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By Jessica (Guest Post)
June 30, 20080 found this helpful

I just came back from camping this past weekend and got stung by yellow jackets 4 times......the last 3 times I had bounce fabric softners all over my body, I had one hanging out of my shirt, one in my front pocket, and one in my back pocket and I still got stung. SO NO THOSE DONT WORK! Im now looking for something else to try for our next camping trip. :-)

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