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DIY Gnat Repellant Recipes — Repel Gnats Naturally

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If you’re not a fan of mosquito bites, you’re probably not a fan of gnat bites either. While gnats don’t get as much flack as mosquitoes — possibly because gnats are basically a smaller version of mosquitoes — they still pack a lot of punch. Often traveling in packs, gnats can also leave your skin covered in itchy bug bites. Not really the ideal summer look.

And interestingly, as PennLive points out, fungus gnats are surprisingly a common pest during the winter — they are often attracted to houseplants because they like the moist soil.

So if you want to keep the gnats at bay — whether you’re trying to kick back at a barbecue in the summer or trying to keep houseplants alive during the winter — consider trying out a DIY gnat repellant. Not only is a DIY option going to be more natural and contain less potentially harmful chemicals than a conventional spray, but it will also most likely cost you less money and create less waste!

DIY Gnat Repellant Recipes

Gnats may love human blood — but luckily, there are plenty of things they don’t love that will keep them away. If you’d like to make a natural solution that you can spray on your skin to keep them away, the blog Healthfully suggests diluting citronella, peppermint, pine, or eucalyptus essential oils in a spray bottle with water. Wellness Mama has similar suggestions — the blog recommends doing the same with any of the following essential oils: citronella, clove, lemongrass, rosemary, tea tree, cajeput, eucalyptus, cedar, catnip, geranium, lavender, or mint.

Read on for a detailed recipe for warding off gnats with an essential oil-based spray.