DIY Natural Bug Repellent for Your Yard

It is just as important to protect your yard from pests as it is to protect your body.  Upon first evaluation of your yard, be sure to eliminate your exposure by following the tips I listed in the August 4(for) Green Acres challenge.

Since bugs can be repelled with scents, the next step is to plant as many herbs and flowers as possible in and around your garden and yard that ward off pests.  Potted plants on the porch full of mint or lavender also work well.

You can also protect your yard by making a spray you can keep on hand for times when you will outdoors.  Before activity simply spray your plants and grass.


  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • Mineral oil
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups of water
spray bottle

  1. Mince a few garlic cloves and cover them in mineral oil.  Let it sit for 24 hours or more.  
  2. Take a teaspoon of the oil/garlic mixture and mix it with two cups of water and 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.
  3. Strain out the garlic with cheesecloth or a very fine strainer and funnel the liquid into a spray bottle.
  4. Spray on plants and grass around areas of activity.  Shake before each use.