Natural Insect Repellent Options: Safeguarding Your Summer Naturally

Columbia Builders Natural Insect Repellent

While chemical options are readily available, many people are choosing natural insect repellent as a healthier and more eco-friendly option.

Ah, summer—a time for sun-kissed days, picnics, and outdoor adventures. Unfortunately, it’s also the season when insects come out in full force, ready to pester and irritate us. While commercial insect repellents containing chemical ingredients are readily available, many people are increasingly concerned about the potential risks associated with these products. The good news is that nature provides us with an array of natural insect repellent options that can effectively protect us without compromising our health or the environment.

Citronella Oil

Citronella oil is perhaps one of the most well-known natural insect repellents. Extracted from various species of lemongrass, it has a pleasant lemon-like scent that repels mosquitoes and other insects. Citronella candles, torches, and essential oils are popular choices for creating bug-free zones in your outdoor spaces. However, it’s essential to reapply frequently for continuous protection.


Lavender’s soothing aroma is beloved by many, but insects detest it. You can use lavender essential oil or dried lavender in sachets to ward off pests. Additionally, planting lavender bushes in your garden or near windows can help prevent insects from entering your home. As an added bonus, your garden will look stunning!


The refreshing scent of peppermint isn’t just delightful to humans; it can also deter insects effectively. Make a peppermint spray by mixing water with peppermint essential oil and use it on your skin or around your living spaces to keep bugs at bay. Christmas in July, anyone?


Eucalyptus oil, derived from the leaves of the eucalyptus tree, contains compounds that have insect-repelling properties. Dilute the oil and apply it to exposed skin, or add a few drops to a diffuser to keep insects out of your home or to create an insect-free zone in your outdoor living space.

Lemon Eucalyptus

Specifically, lemon eucalyptus oil deserves a separate mention due to its remarkable effectiveness in repelling mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even recognize lemon eucalyptus oil as an effective natural alternative to DEET, a common chemical repellent.

Neem Oil

Neem oil, derived from the neem tree, has been used in traditional medicine and insect repellents for centuries. Its bitter taste and strong scent drive away various insects, making it a valuable natural option for pest control.


Basil not only adds flavor to your culinary creations but also acts as a natural insect repellent. Plant basil near entry points to your home, or keep potted basil on your patio to deter mosquitoes and flies. It’s easy to grow, and it’s a two-for-one deal!


These beautiful and vibrant flowers not only brighten up your garden but also serve as natural insect repellents. The scent of marigolds is known to keep away mosquitoes, aphids, and other unwanted insects.


Rosemary’s aromatic fragrance is delightful to us but repels mosquitoes and other insects. Plant rosemary in your garden or use its essential oil in a diffuser to create a bug-free outdoor atmosphere.


Cinnamon isn’t just a favorite spice in the kitchen; it can also be utilized as a natural insect repellent. Its strong scent masks the attractants that insects seek out.

While these natural insect repellent options can be effective, it’s important to note that their protection might not be as long-lasting as chemical repellents. Thus, it’s advisable to reapply them more frequently, especially during peak mosquito activity times.

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