Natural Insect Repellents

These are natural and herb based recipes for insect repellents. They are non toxic and safe, they work most of the time, and they don’t kill the pests but simply keep them away. I got into the ideas of repellents when I found out I was allergic to mites, roaches and fleas. When you step on these bugs or kill them and leave them in the carpet or under the cabinets they decompose and their remains end up in the air. When I breathe this in I get very sick.

So I wanted to keep them away and not have everyone in the household crushing the critters and leaving them for me to breathe in. The repellents have worked really well in most cases although you do have to perhaps do second and third treatments. You also should refresh any standing repellents that are left in place for long periods. Just add more herbs or oils every so often over time. So here are the recipes you can diy and see if they help you, too.

Here are the recipes:

PENNYROYAL ANT & FLEA REPELLANT

THERE ARE SEVERAL MIXTURES THAT WILL WORK WITH ANTS AND FLEAS AND MANY DIFFERENT WAYS THEY CAN BE USED.

IF YOU MIX DRIED PENNYROYAL WITH DRIED MINT, WILD MARJORAM AND RUE AND STREW IT ON PANTRY SHELVES, IT WILL CHASE OFF THE ANTS. YOU CAN ALSO PLACE THIS MIXTURE ON PLATES OR TRAYS THAT ARE FLAT ENOUGH TO BE CRAWLED UPON BY ANTS. ONCE THEY GET A WHIFF, THEY’LL SPLIT!!

TO PROTECT FRESH FOODS IN PANTRIES FROM BEING ATTACKED BY ANTS, WRAP CHEESE ROLLS, SIDES OF BEEF, GRAINS, FRESH FRUIT AND OTHER EXPOSED FOOD STUFFS IN DRIED STINGING NETTLE. THE NETTLE WILL NOT AFFECT THE FOOD AND WILL WARD OFF PESTS. IT IS BASICALLY “STINGLESS” WHEN DRIED, SO MAKE SURE IT IS DRIED.

WHERE ANTS HAVE INVADED OTHER AREAS OF THE HOUSE, YOU CAN STREW PENNYROYAL AND MINTS UNDER CARPETING, RUGS AND RUNNERS. IT WILL KEEP THE ANTS FROM MAKING INROADS FROM SIDEBOARDS TO THE KITCHEN!!

THE BEST ANSWER TO FLEAS IS A MIXTURE OF DRIED FLEABANE (SHOWN IN THE PHOTO ABOVE) AND PENNYROYAL. SPREAD IT OUT UNDER PET BEDDING OR UNDER CARPETS WHERE FLEAS HAVE SETTLED IN.

STICKY FLY HANGER

THIS IS ANOTHER AGE OLD REMEDY THAT HAS BEEN LOST OVER TIME. THE MAIN REASON I THINK IS THAT PEOPLE STOPPED GROWING HERBS IN THEIR GARDENS AND BEGAN TO RELY ON FOOD SUPPLIERS FOR EVERYTHING.

THIS IS A VERY SIMPLE RECIPE BUT THE PROBLEM IS FINDING THE HERB.

YOU WILL NEED:

LONG STICKS OF FRESH ELECAMPANE WITH ROOTS

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FIND FRESH ELECAMPANE WITH HERBALISTS OR WHOLE FOOD SUPPLIERS. OTHERWISE, YOU WILL HAVE TO VISIT THE NURSERY AND START GROWING YOUR OWN. MAKE SURE THAT YOU OBTAIN BOTH THE STEM AND THE ROOTS, WHICH ARE REALLY STICKY.

ONCE YOU HAVE OBTAINED FRESH ELECAMPANE STEMS WITH ROOTS, YOU FASHION A “FLY HANGER” WITH THEM. ATTACH THEM IN ANY FEASIBLE FASHION, SUCH AS WITH RUBBER BANDS, STRINGS, CORDS OR TAPE. DANGLE THEM FROM AIRWAYS AND DOORWAYS, EXPOSING THE STICKY, INVITING SURFACE TO CRUISING FLIES. YOU WILL BE AMAZED AT HOW MANY FLIES END UP ON THE HERB!! THEY LOVE IT AND IT TRAPS THEM, KILLING THEM.

WHEN YOU FIND A SOURCE OF THE HERB, KEEP UP YOUR PURCHASES TO MAINTAIN A STEADY SUPPLY OF HOMEMADE “FLY STRIPS” WHICH ARE NON-TOXIC, SMELL GREAT AND LAST LONGER THAN STORE BOUGHT FAKES.

WASP REPELLENT

THIS WILL NOT KILL WASPS, IT WILL ONLY CHASE THEM OFF. IT IS MOST EFFECTIVE AROUND OUTDOOR CHAIRS AND TABLES, WHERE WASPS OFTEN MAKE THEIR NESTS. IT IS ALSO USABLE ON PORCHES AND IN LIVING AREAS WHEN WINDOWS AND DOORS ARE OPEN, ALLOWING SUDDEN ENTRY OF A UNWANTED FLIER.

THIS WILL NOT LAST ALL ON IT’S OWN. IT MUST BE DONE EACH TIME YOU WISH TO RID OF WASPS.

YOU NEED:

A LARGE HANDFUL OF FRESH OR DRIED SWEET JOE PYE

THIS HERB MAY SEEM FOREIGN TO YOU AND HARD TO OBTAIN. THIS IS NOT REALLY TRUE. MANY LARGE NURSERIES HAVE THE PLANT OR THEY AT LEAST SUPPLY SEEDS. ONLINE NURSERIES CAN SHIP IT DRIED. YOU MIGHT FIND IT DRIED IN WHOLE FOODS MARKETS WHERE MEDICINAL HERBS ARE SOLD.

YOU TIE THE BUNCH OF SWEET JOE PYE TIGHTLY AND PLUG IT INTO ANY CONTAINER. SET IT ON FIRE. LIGHT IT UP LIKE INCENSE AND LET IT GO! IF THERE ARE WASPS AROUND, THEY WILL BE GONE AS SOON AS THE AREA IS WAFTED WITH SMOKE FROM SWEET JOE PYE.

DO NOT BURN A LOT OF THIS INDOORS AS IT IS HARMFUL TO THE LUNGS. IT IS BEST BURNT OUTDOORS NEAR AREAS WHERE WASPS ARE NESTING. ONCE YOU CHASE THE WASPS OFF, YOU MUST DESTROY THE NEST TO PREVENT THEIR RETURN. WHEN THEY DO RETURN TEMPORARILY IN SEARCH FOR THEIR NEST, MORE OF THE SWEET JOE PYE SHOULD BE BURNED.

MICE DETERRENT

THIS HERB MIX WILL WORK ON ALL RODENTS. PLACE IN DOORWAYS, UNDER CABINETS, IN BASEMENTS, WHERE EVER RATS OR OTHER RODENTS APPEAR.

YOU WILL NEED:

A LARGE HANDFUL OF DRIED PEPPERMINT
A LARGE HANDFUL OF DRIED SPEARMINT
A LARGE HANDFUL OF DRIED TANSY FLOWERS
A LARGE HANDFUL OF DRIED MINT FLOWERS (ANY KIND)

YOU WILL NEED TO CRUMBLE UP THE HERBS UNTIL THEY ARE LIKE A POTPOURRI. MIX THEM TOGETHER REALLY WELL AND PUT THEM IN A SUITABLE CONTAINER, SUCH AS A SMALL JAR OR CUP. PLACE WHERE EVER RODENTS ARE APPEARING.

THIS IS MOST EFFECTIVE INSIDE CUPBOARDS, ON PANTRY SHELVES AND NEXT TO OUTSIDE DOORS IN KITCHEN AREAS. CAN BE EFFECTIVE PLACED NEXT TO GARBAGE AREAS, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN THE KITCHEN OR PANTRY OR NEAREST THE ENTRY WAY OUTDOORS.

REFRESH THE HERBS AS THEY LOSE THEIR SCENT. THE ODOR IS MOST EFFECTIVE WHEN FIRST MIXED. PLACE IT WHERE YOU HAVE SEEN MICE IN THE PAST. IT HAS BEEN USED SUCCESSFULLY IN SOME LARGE GARBAGE AREAS BUT IN THIS CASE, IT WAS USED IN VERY LARGE VOLUMES.

HERBAL FLEA-REPELLENT BEDDING FOR PETS

THIS MIXTURE WILL WORK WITH BOTH DOGS AND CATS. IT IS MOST COMMONLY USED WITH DOGS BECAUSE THEY ADAPT MORE READILY TO BEDS AND SPECIAL PLACES DESIGNED BY THEIR OWNERS. IF CATS USE CERTAIN PLACES, SHEETS, COMFORTERS OR PILLOWS, THIS WILL WORK JUST AS WELL FOR THEM.

MIXTURE:

1 PART DRIED PENNYROYAL
1 PART CEDAR CHIPS
1 PART DRIED RUE
1 PART DRIED TANSY
1 PART PINE SHAVINGS
1 PART DRIED ROSEMARY

MAKE OR OBTAIN COTTON, MUSLIN OR NYLON BAGS. FIT THEM WITH A DRAWSTRING, SNAPS, BUTTONS OR A VELCRO STRIP. FILL THEM WITH THE ABOVE MIXTURE AND SEAL THEM TIGHTLY. TOSS THEM INTO THE PETS BEDDING, UNDERNEATH WHERE THEY WILL NOT MISTAKE THEM FOR TOYS.

DO NOT PLACE THIS MIXTURE LOOSE INTO THE BEDDING OR THE ANIMAL MIGHT EAT IT. SOME OF THE INGREDIENTS MIGHT BE HIGHLY IRRITATING TO THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM SO IT WOULD BE UNWISE TO ALLOW THEM TO EAT IT EVEN IF THEY SEEM TO LOVE THE SMELL. THEY MIGHT DIG THE BAGS OUT AND PLAY WITH THEM, SNIFF THEM OR ROLL ON THEM. JUST REPLACE THEM IF THEY GET DISPLACED.

THIS MIX WORKS GOOD WITH FLEAS, MITES AND LICE.

FLEA AND LICE “BOMBER”…

IF YOU HAVE A FIREPLACE, THAT WILL WORK BEAUTIFULLY. IF NOT, YOU WILL HAVE TO BUILD A SMALL TABLE TOP FIREPLACE BY PILING COALS OR WOOD CHIPS ON A LARGE, FIREPROOF PLATE OR USE A STORE BOUGHT TABLETOP FURNACE. YOU CAN DO THIS IN THE OVEN OR A COUNTER TOP TOASTER OVEN BUT YOU MUST WATCH IT TO MAKE SURE IT DOESN’T SET AFIRE!!!

YOU WILL NEED TO GATHER UP:

A LARGE HANDFUL OF COMMON FLEABANE
A LARGE BUNCH OF PLOUGHMAN’S SPIKENARD
A HANDFUL OF MUGWORT
A LARGE BUNCH OF WORMWOOD

FRESH OR DRIED, IT DOESN’T MATTER!!

BEFORE DOING THIS, UNPLUG ALL TUBING TO AQUARIUMS AND SHUT OFF PUMPS. COVER THE AQUARIUM WITH A SHEET OR A PIECE OF PLASTIC. DO NOT TURN THE PUMPS BACK ON OR REMOVE THE COVER FOR AN HOUR AFTERWARD.

LIGHT A FIRE IN THE FIREPLACE OR IN THE TABLETOP FURNACE. WARM UP THE OVEN OR COUNTER TOP TOASTER OVEN. BUNDLE UP THE HERBS INTO A HANDFUL THAT IS EASY TO TOSS INTO THE FLAMES OR PLACE IN THE OVEN. ONCE THE MIXTURE STARTS TO SMOKE, YOU WILL WANT TO LEAVE. TAKE THE PETS WITH YOU!!

YOU WILL LET THE FUMES FILL THE HOUSE TO THE CHOKING POINT. THE HOUSE WILL BE UN-ENTERABLE FOR SEVERAL HOURS. BUT WHEN THE “BOMB” IS DONE, THE FLEAS, TICKS AND LICE WILL BE GONE!!

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