Repelling Insects Naturally with Herbal and HomeMade Items

Have you ever noticed that mosquitoes, black flies and other insects always wait until your hands are full before they try to sink their “teeth” into you? Insects are a part of summer but wouldn’t it be nice if they didn’t ruin every outdoor adventure.

The good news is, there are a few natural options you can employ to fight off these annoying pests.

Herbal Insect Repellents

There are plenty of natural, herbal insect repellents, which don’t contain DEET, yet still, ward off those pesky bugs. A couple of the more popular brands include Lakon Herbals Bygone Bugz and Buzz Away Natural Insect Repellent. Of course, you could always create your home mixture using essential oils such as lavender or citronella. Wikipedia also has a great list of insect-repelling plants that you can use to make your own herbal repellents.

Insect Netting

Of course, insect netting is 100% natural and very effective if used correctly. With this method, you are able to create a large insect-free zone that lets you enjoy the sunshine without the hassle of bugs. If you leave this zone, you may want to bring along your trusty bug-netting hat or purchase netting from your local camping or sports store, as they often have larger netting that can be used to block off door entrances to a cabin, tent, etc. The hats may look a little silly but they are lifesavers when it comes to working outside during bug season.

Citronella Candles

As mentioned, citronella oil is an effective insect repellent used in many natural insect sprays. However, you can also get a citronella candle, which smells great and will keep the mosquitoes away. That is a win/win situation!

Instead of staying indoors or lathering on the DEET, why not try a few of these more natural options. Good luck with your war on insects.


Where to Buy
Ocean Tailer Umbrella Mosquito Net
Ultra Large Mosquito Net and Insect Repellent
Silkclo Mosquito Head Net
Coghlan's Mosquito Head Net
Mosquito Net for Baby Strollers
UNICY Citronella Candles Set, 2.0 oz- Metal Bucket Candle
OFF! Citronella Scented Candles- Ambiance Enhancing, Repels Mosquitoes
La Jolie Muse Citronella Scented Candles
Cutter Citronella Candle, Copper, 20 ounce
Coleman Scented Citronella Candle


If you will be going on an outdoor adventure soon, of you’d simply like to hang out in your backyard or garden, here are some of the best natural insect repellents that you may find useful.

1. Ocean Tailer Umbrella Mosquito Net

If you want to stay in your patio but insects keep on bugging you, then you will surely need this patio umbrella mosquito net. It lets the fresh air in while keeping the insects out so you could have a great time. It is very easy to set up and it has a zippered entrance for easy access. It is very lightweight and has an adjustable enclosure. This product will give you an enjoyable late night dinner outside without worrying about mosquitoes and other insects.

2. Ultra Large Mosquito Net and Insect Repellent

If you will be camping out in the woods, then you will find this large mosquito net very useful. It is made with 100 percent polyester and it can repel not just mosquitoes but other insects as well such as black flies, wasps, and bugs. If you will be using a hammock, you can simply hang it over the hammock and keep you shielded against those pesky insects. And aside from using it outdoors, you can also use it inside your house, whether hanging it as screen curtains or netting it over your bed.

This mosquito net has two opening and entrance for easier access. It also comes with a free hanging kit with 7 hooks, screws, and plugs. It is a lightweight product that you can bring with you when you travel.

3. Silkclo Mosquito Head Net

This mosquito head net is perfect for outdoor activities like hiking, camping, and fishing at night because tot can effectively prevent the insects from flying in. It has an elastic neck, making it easy to put on and off. It is made of durable fabric, which is soft and stretchy. It is indeed a piece of necessary equipment for tropical traveling and outdoor adventures.

4. Coghlan’s Mosquito Head Net

This is another insect repellent headwear that is great for outdoor and nature lovers. This product promises to protect your head and face skin while you’re having a great time outside. It will keep you safe from insects such as mosquitoes, bugs, and other annoying pests and their bites. It is very easy to wear and easy to carry as well. This is a durable head and face insect repellent net that you can bring with you anywhere.

5. Mosquito Net for Baby Strollers

There are times when we take our babies outside for a stroll and sometimes, insects also attack and bite them. To prevent that from happening, using this mosquito net for baby strollers, carriers, and cradles can help as it will avoid bugs, bees, mosquitos, and other insects from getting near your baby.

6.  UNICY Citronella Candles Set, 2.0 oz- Metal Bucket Candle

These are 12 packs of 2oz. citronella wax buckets that can burn up to 15 hours each or 144-180 hours in total. The natural flames from these candles, aside from keeping away insects, can also provide light and ambiance to the place. So if you plan on hanging out in your backyard at night, these citronella candles will help you prevent being bitten by mosquitoes and other insects while giving you a warm glow.

7. OFF! Citronella Scented Candles- Ambiance Enhancing, Repels Mosquitoes

This is a tabletop fire piece torch that is DEET-free and has a natural citronella oil scent that repels mosquitoes and other bugs. Each of these candles burns for 25 hours. They are great for emergency light when there are power outages, in addition to your patio ambiance, and even for restaurant tables. They are also great alternatives to garden solar lights.

8. La Jolie Muse Citronella Scented Candles

These candles are infused with the oil of the citronella plant. It is an eco-pure candle that has a beautiful scent and can surely keep away mosquitoes and other insects around. It can also add ambiance of a tranquil evening to your backyard or patio balcony. Each of these candles can burn up to 105 hours. They are made with naturally biodegradable and eco-friendly soy wax.

9. Cutter Citronella Candle, Copper, 20 ounce

This outdoor citronella candle produces a natural odor that keeps bugs and mosquitoes away from people and even from foods. It is great for camping, backyard barbecue nights, picnics, or even when you just want to relax outside. It is also safe for kids and pets. It also has slow-burning wicks which will keep your outdoor patio or backyard bug-free for hours.

10. Coleman Scented Citronella Candle

This is a crackling wooden wick citronella candle that can keep bugs and mosquitoes away. It can burn up to 25 hours and is placed in a 6oz. nostalgic embossed tin can. It features a campfire scent, making it a great outdoor citronella candle. Its large “fire-crackling” wick also adds to the ambiance and adventure, even if you will just use it in your backyard or patio.

These are some of the best natural insect repellents that you can use on your next outdoor adventure or even just at home. With these products, insects will no longer bother you from having a great time.