Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Great Lakes Bug Spray

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough hang out on Michigan's side of the Lake with some friends. We floated on the river, swam in the lake, cooked over campfires, and spent as much time as possible outside. It was a blast except that once the sun went down, the mosquitoes would come out to play. I brought along a bottle of this homemade insect repellent, and I have to admit that though it worked (and smelled great) during the mosquitoes' early evening warm up rounds, it failed during their nighttime feeding frenzies. If you are in a serious cloud of hungry bugs, then this is not gonna cut it!

Blend together in a small glass or plastic spray bottle (about 2 ounces) the following:
distilled water
Essential oils:
10 drops citronella
10 drops lemongrass
5 drops rosemary
5 drops eucalyptus
5 drops cedarwood

Apply generously and savor these last weeks of summer. Cheers!


  1. I need to make this!! Being back on the east coast, I forgot what pests those mosquitoes are. I've been getting eaten up. Thanks!

  2. No bugs here, but maybe i'll past this on to my mom who lives in a little swamp part time ;)

  3. Getting bitten and bugged by mosquitoes when you are outdoors having fun with your family and friends is truly annoying. Not only that, it can also put your health at risk since we all know these insects carry deadly diseases. That's why, it's a great deal that you shared this bug spray recipe with us. I'm sure a lot of people will greatly benefit from this. Thank you!
    Jeffrey @ BugManiacs