Summertime brings on the bug bites like crazy. Win the battle against mosquitoes without feeling like you are covering your family with harmful chemicals.

Everything You Need to Win the Battle Against Mosquitoes and Other Biting Insects

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Summertime brings on the bug bites like crazy. Win the battle against mosquitoes without feeling like you are covering your family with harmful chemicals. I hate mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, chiggers and other biting insects. Make your own natural mosquito repellent and anti-itch sticks that work wonderfully to take the itch out fast when you do get a bite.

Win the Battle Against Mosquitoes and Other Biting Insects

Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, chiggers, gnats and biting flies can be relentless in the summer. It can make going outside, especially in the evenings miserable. There is a simple way to win the battle against mosquitoes and enjoy your summer without itching all night long.

Summertime brings on the bug bites like crazy. Win the battle against mosquitoes without feeling like you are covering your family with harmful chemicals.

One of the best ways to win the battle against mosquitoes is prevention. Keep your yard clear of standing water and places for insects to lay eggs and hatch. Standing water is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Also, you can plant mosquito repellent plants like these that help a lot. 

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Mosquito control outdoors

There are also natural mosquito control products you can use for your yard. There are pellets you can add to your water sources and beneficial insects you can buy to put in your yard that eat the larvae and keep populations under control.

If you are able to blow a fan on your gathering area, that helps keep flying insects away. There are candles and citronella products that claim to keep them away, but I can’t stand the smell of them. Yuck!

Fleas follow animals so treat your animals and you’ll have much fewer problems with fleas in your yard. 

Chiggers like to hang out in tall grass, so avoid those areas to keep from getting bit.

Keep your yard mowed and trimmed and free of debris for less trouble with all biting insects. If they don’t have a place to breed and bed down, you will have fewer of them in general. Again, with other biting insects, you can get beneficial nematodes that will prey on them. 

DIY Safe Insect Repellent

I am leery of all the harsh chemicals we have available for our use on our bodies. Most of this stuff can be grown in the garden or bought locally, or you can order it in bulk from Amazon. Either way, using pure ingredients will help protect your health.


DEET is the main ingredient in most insect repellents but it’s not good for our health and can be particularly dangerous for use on children. If you want to learn more about the dangers of DEET and other ingredients in conventional bug spray, click here.

Mosquito repellant plants

You can grow lemon balm, lemon verbena, or lemongrass and pull a leaf off the plant to rub on your skin. I smash the leaves and then rub them on all exposed areas as soon as we get outside and I tend not to get bitten nearly as much. 

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Mosquito repellent spray for babies and kids

Being able to make my own remedies and help protect my kids and my family win the battle against mosquitoes and itching throughout the summer is so satisfying. I use peppermint essential oil in my bug mosquito spray (which also repels the other biting insects) if I am only using it on adults, but peppermint is less safe for children, so for my kids, I leave out the peppermint. 

Natural DIY Mosquito Spray

Natural Bug Spray Recipe
Bug Spray made with all natural ingredients to repel bothersome insects.
Author: Christina Kamp
  • ¼ C. Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ¼ C. Distilled Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Homemade Vanilla See below this recipe for a link to the recipe
  • 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil I use DoTerra brand oils and have much less reactions with my allergies
  • 10 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
  • 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • 20 Drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
  1. Mix all ingredients and shake well.
  2. Shake well before each use.
Recipe Notes

You should always test any product on a small patch of skin before use. Use caution when using essential oils on children.

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crock pot full of herbs and ingredients for natural mosquito repelling products

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Bug Bite Stick

Natural Bug Bite Sticks Recipe
Prep Time
2 d
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
2 d 30 mins
Sticks to rub on bug bites to take out the itch or sting.
Keyword: bug bite stick, natural anti itch remedy
Servings: 13 sticks
Author: Christina Kamp
  • 2 Teaspoons Dried Plantain Leaf
  • 3 Teaspoons Dried Lavender Flowers
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Leaf
  • 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Root
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Lanolin
  • ½ C. Beeswax
  1. Combine oils with dried herbs in a crock pot and turn on the lowest setting
  2. Leave 2-3 days watching carefully so it doesn’t get too hot. You can turn it off at night.
  3. Strain your oil with cheesecloth or a strainer.
  4. Clean out your crock pot.
  5. Return your infused oil to the crock pot.
  6. Add beeswax and lanolin and stir until dissolved and combine.
  7. Pour mixture into empty chap stick tubes or small tins.

Does imitation vanilla repel mosquitoes?

As far as I have found, the vanilla you use in your recipes needs to be real vanilla. Imitation vanilla does not help like the real thing. 

For my homemade vanilla recipe, click on the highlighted link. 
Please be cautious when using essential oils or any products on children. 

Information shared on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. These are simply recipes that I use.

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  1. MOSQUITOES ARE THE WORST. They’re so bad around my house but I refuse to spray because of my bee gardens and veggies. Thank you for posting all this info!

  2. Thanks so much for these recipes. I’ll try the spray. Hopefully commercial vanilla will work if I’m stuffed for time!

  3. Oooh these DIY repellents look great, thanks! I bet they smell really nice too, unlike the nasty store bought bottled stuff

  4. We live deep in the woods, and insects are a serious problem. While I do use some Muskoil, I spray it on hats and clothes, never on skin. However! Last week, I accidentally got some on the back of my hand, and by the time I got in the house, my skin was red and inflamed and SO sore. This is a fabulous alternative, and I think I already have most of the ingredients!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us at #SustainableSundays and I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week. This is Marie’s PICK for featured posts, so come back to Just Plain Living and check it out.

    1. Ah, thanks so much Marie! 🙂 I hope it helps you fight the bad bugs. They can be soooo annoying and even dangerous. 🙁 Our mosquito season is in full swing now and I have to remember to spray every time! Thanks for stopping by!

  5. I’m going to try the bug bite sticks. My poor girl gets eaten alive in the summer. Must be because she’s so sweet. 🙂 #sustainablesundays

  6. This popped up in my Twitter feed and I had to check it out. I’d love it if you’d share this post at the Healthy Living Link Party. I think others there would enjoy it. Thanks!
    Blessings, Leigh

  7. Definitely giving this natural mosquito repellant go because we live in a dengue region! All the better that it’s homemade too.

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