Nothing ruins a good time outdoors than pesky bugs! There are a number of natural bug sprays one can use, but what about the creepy crawly kinds that love to crawl into your tent? Ticks, spiders, ants… these can all ruin a nice camping trip, and no one wants to share a sleeping bag with them!
Luckily, the earth is filled with plenty of plants that can help keep these bugs away. So next time you go camping, be sure to take along this DIY Herbal Bug Repellent Powder and keep the bugs where they belong… outside!
DIY Herbal Bug Repellent Powder
All you need to make this DIY herbal bug repellent powder is a combination of two or three of the following dried herbs—about one ounce of each and a combination of two of the following essential oils, if you choose to use them.
This herbal bug repellent powder works well for a couple of reasons. First, bugs simply don’t like the smell of the plants and oils in this mix. Next, the diatomaceous earth is made up of finely ground shells, and at a microscopic level, it’s sharp and sticks to insects when they walk through it. The tiny shards cut into their exoskeletons and suck moisture out of them, causing them to die from dehydration (“Diatomaceous Earth”, n.d.).
- Herbs: basil, lavender, lemongrass, mint, rosemary, bay leaf, lemon balm, eucalyptus, pennyroyal, cedar (Boe, Hirdler, & Howell, n.d.)
- Essential Oils: lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, eucalyptus, or cedar
- Diatomaceous earth (Optional)
- Grind the dried herbs to a fine powder in a mortar & pestle or by placing them in a coffee grinder. Place 1/4 cup of powdered herbs in a glass or stainless steel mixing bowl. If you are using the diatomaceous earth, add about 1/4 cup to the herb mixture and mix gently with a metal spoon. Add about 20 drops of each oil and mix gently.
Sprinkle around the perimeter of your tent when camping to deter bugs from crossing over it and into your tent.
Here’s to fun family adventures, festive campfires, and cozy camping this fall!
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- Boe, E., Hirdler, L., & Howell, Z. (n.d.). Using plants as natural pest repellents. (Blog post). Retrieved from http://www.christiansonsnursery.com/using-plants-as-natural-pest-repellents/
Diatomaceous Earth for Bed Bugs and Insects. (n.d.). (Blog post). Retrieved from https://diatomaceous.org/diatomaceous-earth-for-bed-bugs-and-insects/