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DIY Mosquito Repellent Bracelets to Keep Bugs At Bay

Once the warm weather hits you want to get outside, right? Unfortunately, the mosquitos are out too. Protect yourself from irritating bug bites (and possible illness) by deterring mosquitos and other pests with these easy-to-make, effective DIY mosquito repellent bracelets.

It’s that time of year! The weather is warming up and it’s time to get outside. Whether you’re playing in the backyard, hiking, camping or just having an outdoor barbeque it’s time to think about repelling bugs.

When the weather warms up, the bugs come out. Mosquitoes, ticks, and other insects are coming out in droves and looking for a snack. Guess what they find? You. Ick!

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The Need For Bug Repellent

Being outside when you feel like you’re the buffet du jour for mosquitoes or other bugs is no fun, and honestly, neither are the bug bites afterward. Unfortunately, ticks and mosquitoes are more than just annoying. They can carry and transmit some pretty nasty diseases to people.

Ticks can transmit Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease while mosquitoes can carry diseases and other viruses such as:

  • West Nile virus 
  • Zika virus
  • Western equine encephalitis
  • Eastern equine encephalitis
  • St. Louis encephalitis 
  • La Crosse (LAC) encephalitis 
  • Dengue 
  • Yellow fever

So how do you protect your family from that unpleasant experience? Well, if you’re anything like me, for a long time we used bug spray that I bought in stores. Most (or at least many) bug repellent sprays contain DEET, a chemical that repels mosquitoes, ticks and other insects.

DEET definitely works – it’s considered the gold standard of bug repellents. If you research the safety of DEET you’ll find sites (and opinions) that run the gamut possibilities when it comes to the safety of DEET.

Plus, according to the National Pesticide Information Center, some reported reactions to DEET include:

  • Skin irritation and redness
  • Rash
  • Swelling
  • Upset stomach
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

girl with bracelet on her wrist and mom adding drops of mosquito repellent to the bracelet

DIY Mosquito Repellent Bracelets with Essential Oils

Even though there are reputable sites that proclaim DEET is safe for use on adults and kids, I am one of those people who prefer to use as few chemicals as possible. My take is: why expose ourselves to chemicals when there might be an effective option that doesn’t contain extra chemicals?

That’s why I went investigating. 

I tried using other “natural” mosquito repellents, but they just didn’t work. In fact, with some of them, I felt like they attracted the mosquitoes to us rather than repelling them.

Then I saw people making their own DIY mosquito bracelets and thought “I can do that!”

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How Do You Make a Bug Repellent Bracelet?

After some experimenting, we found a couple of methods that work. These DIY mosquito bracelets will help deter mosquitoes and limit the number of bugs around you.

These simple DIY mosquito repellent bracelets will allow you to enjoy the wonderful outdoors without constantly smacking yourself and enduring bug bites. 

There are two tutorials, one for an essential oil blend bug repellent bracelet, and the other is for a fabric bug bracelet. Enjoy!

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Two Ways to Make your Own Bug Repellent

Before we actually get to the bracelets, we need to cover what essential oils to use in order to deter those pesky bugs. I have TWO mixtures for bug repellent that you can try:

Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

We made our “bug juice” from a blend of essential oils.  Add the following to a dropper bottle:

  • 9 drops of purification
  • 4 drops of peppermint
  • 4 drops of citronella  
  • 3-4 tablespoons of carrier oil (ex: almond or olive oil)

Garlic Mosquito Repellent

If you don’t have essential oils handy, you can make a less pleasant smelling concoction (that is also quite effective) from garlic cloves. Here’s how: 

  • Cut the garlic and put it in some water.  
  • Let it ferment for a day at room temperature.  
  • Then store your mix in the fridge.

How to Make Mosquito Repellent Bracelets

Braid strips of fabric together to make a fabric bracelet.  Start by securing the ends of your bracelet together with either a piece of string tied tightly or a small rubber band.

To use your bye-bye buggy mosquito bracelets, put the bracelets on and add a couple of drops of oil (or the garlic mixture).  The scent of the oils will help deter the bugs and you will be less prone to mosquito bites.  

In time, after repeated use, the scent will leave the fabric and you can add more drops.  The bracelet should be able to protect you for up to 24 hours at a time as the fabric is saturated. If mosquitos especially like you, feel free to wear a bye-bye buggy bracelet on each wrist.

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If you do get a bite, you can also use the mixture in your dropper to support your skin’s recovery.  The oils have a cooling effect that feels great on bites.

If you are using this mixture on kids under the age of 5, omit the peppermint oil for a less intense blend.

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