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June 20, 2016

All-Natural Bug Spray

Whether we’re watching little league games, camping or taking the kids to the park, we spend plenty of time outside in the summer. While sunshine and blue skies are fun, painful and itchy bug bites are not.

This easy two-ingredient bug spray is perfect to take on outdoor excursions to keep the bugs at bay without harmful, smelly chemicals!

Bug Away Mist Spray


Add all ingredients to a 4 ounce spray bottle. Shake well before every use. Apply to areas where you are likely to get bit, both on clothes and exposed skin.

For Pets:

If you’re using this recipe on pets, only use 10-15 drops of Bug Away instead of 45.

*This is a water-based recipe with no added preservatives, so we recommend creating small batches as need, especially because the shelf life is between 1-2 weeks. Keep in a refrigerator when not in use.

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Ila Milam | February 14, 2017 | Reply

Will this keep ticks away from people and animals? We are already having a problem with ticks in Mi. and they will only get worse.

Cindi | March 3, 2017 | Reply

    Oh boy! This can be a big problem this time of year. We do not have specific information on how effective Bug Off! is on Ticks. However, we will suggest using witch hazel or alcohol in the DIY bug spray as ticks tend to not like either one. We wish you luck stay tick free!

    Rocky Mountain Oils | April 13, 2017 | Reply

I thought peppermint, lemon and eucalyptus were no no’s for pets. I’m so confused! Everyone says different things!????

Roxie | March 5, 2017 | Reply

    It is not always easy to navigate through information about essential oils and pets. Especially as it can vary from the type of pet and body mass. We recommend the following books to gain information about essential oil use and pets.
    Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals by Kristen Leigh Bell and Essential Oils for Animals by Nayana Morag.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | April 13, 2017 | Reply

Does this kill or stop fleas?

Gayle Powell | April 27, 2017 | Reply

    Unfortunately, we have not used it for this purpose or have the customer feedback to let you know if it is helpful deterring fleas. If you try it please let us know what you think.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | April 28, 2017 | Reply

This is safe for children?

J S | April 30, 2017 | Reply

Does the Bug Off keep flies Away? My “office” is set up outside and it would be great to have them bug off! ☺

Sunnie | June 15, 2017 | Reply

    We have heard good feedback that this blend works on flies too. Flies tend to shy away from Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, and Lemongrass as well. We have also heard (but have yet to try) adding Apple Cinder Vinegar in a bowl with liquid dish soap is an option. It is said that the flies are attracted to the Apple Cider Vinegar but get trapped by the soap and then you can get rid of them. We wish you luck and hope the flies leave you alone!

    Rocky Mountain Oils | June 22, 2017 | Reply

In the recipe for people you call for 45 drops of BugAway but for pets you say to use 10-15 instead of 75 drops. So my question is should one use 45 drops or 75 drops for the recipe for people?

Kim Johnston | May 19, 2019 | Reply

    It looks like the 75 drops is a typo and should be 45. So, if you are using this recipe for people, we recommend the 45 drops.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | May 20, 2019 | Reply