Make a Homemade Bug Repellent

Learning to make a homemade bug repellent can save you lots of money when trying to ward off nasty attacks sitting on the back porch on a warm summer night. Bringing along your own homemade bug repellent while fishing, camping, hiking or other outdoor activates will help you have a pleasant and safe experience. When needing to ward off gnats, wasps, mosquitoes and other nasty flying insects, use one of the following two home recipes that will help protect you from insect bites.

  • Scottish Repellent
  • Ingredients:
  • Four tablespoons of baby oil
  • One tablespoon of Dettol
  • Mixing container
  • Spray bottle

This is a tried and true recipe concocted by Scottish fishermen that is supposed to keep those nasty flying foes at bay. Put the ingredients in a mixing container and stir it well to an even blend. Place the concoction in a spray bottle to use.

Sweet Repellent


  • A tablespoon of vanilla extract (use real, not imitation)
  • A cup of water

Mix the ingredients well in a container and place in a spray bottle for easy use. The "sweetness" produced by the real vanilla extract acts as a deterrent toward most nasty flying insects. Make sure the ratio of one cup water to one tablespoon vanilla is strictly adhered to or the user may have an overwhelming vanilla smell.

Also place some vanilla extract in an open bowl or shallow dish a few steps away from where you sit. This will attract gnats keeping them away.