It doesn’t matter what time of year it is, there always seems to be different insects that want to find their way into our homes and loiter in our entertaining areas.
Flies, mosquitos or ants seem to be the main contenders for the most frustrating insects that make their way to our homes.
If you were to walk into the supermarket you'd be inundated with so many different insect killers and repellents, but are there more natural ways to repel these insects?
Luckily for us, there are many ways to avoid being attacked by bugs and annoyed by insects in and around your home. The best news is, these solutions are all natural.
So what can we do to deter insects?
Most insects are pretty weak flyers, so with a decent breeze you'll see fewer bugs around.
On days with no wind or on still nights, your best bet is to turn on a fan to create enough wind to keep bugs at bay.
An outdoor fan built in is the most chic option, but if you don't have one in the roof or by your entertaining areas outside there are more natural options for you.
Lavender has many benefits and being a natural insect repellent is just one of them.
Not only does lavender smell amazing but its properties are able to assist in keeping your home bug free.
You can have dried lavender in your pantry and cupboards to keep away moths and the like or you can have fresh lavender growing in your garden or cut throughout the home to repel the bugs.
If you are not a fan of the flowers being in your home, you can also get lavender fragrant candles or lavender oil that can be added to the home.
Citronella is a great repellant for mosquitos as they don't like the smell of it and try to steer clear of it.
Citronella comes from the lemongrass family and gives off a strong scent that many people enjoy, however the mosquitos prefer to avoid it where possible.
You can also find citronella in many different outdoor and indoor candles or it can be bought as a spray.
Not only is bay leaf a great herb to add to your home cooking but it is also a great way to keep away many different insects.
The intense scent of the bay leaf keeps insects away and lets youy enjoy an insect free time. Bay leaf can also help to keep different insects out of your cupboards and pantry.
Bay leaf is a great repellent for insects such as cockroaches, moths, earwigs and mosquitos.
Catnip is another great natural repellent of insects and it's totally free of chemicals!
Catnip can be used to deter all different insects with ease.
To use catnip as an insect repellent you can crush the plant up in your hands and apply it directly to the skin or you can add extracts of the plant to different areas of your home to keep the bugs at bay.
Consider growing your own plant of Catnip in full sun to keep insects at bay.
Coconut Oil has many benefits not only for eating but also for beauty and healthcare.
Another great use for coconut oil is for repelling insects. In order to use coconut oil as an insect repellent use can simply rub the coconut oil directly on your skin or add some to a spray bottle and use on your skin for a natural repellent.
Marigolds are a perfect, natural insect repellent. Marigolds help to keep biting bugs at bay and they are also a great way to keep away bugs such as spider mites, squash bugs and many more from your veggie garden and veggies inside.
You can have a marigold plant in your home flowering or you can have cuttings of flowers in a vase to help keep the bugs away.
These are just a few of the natural ways that you can keep your home bug free and not have to worry about getting bitten by little critters while you're enjoying company or sleeping through the night.
Have you found any other natural insect repellants? I'd love to hear from you!