How to Make Natural DIY Bug Repellent Candles

diy bug repellent candles with citrus,, essential oils, and herbs

Summer is here and it’s BBQ season! Which, sadly, also means it’s mosquito and bug season. And while I’d love to say that I love mosquitoes, let’s be real: they aren’t anybody’s favorite. So let’s make some natural DIY bug repellent candles so that we can still enjoy being outside this summer season.

Because really. Summer evenings are the perfect time to enjoy being outside. Let’s not let some bugs ruin our perfect time to enjoy our home and garden.

Make Your Own Natural DIY Bug Repellent Candles

Now, there is one thing I’d recommend doing before you make any bug repellent candles, and it’s this:

Make sure your home and garden are clear of mosquito breeding grounds – and especially any stagnant, standing water.

Why? Well, if you’ve got crazy amounts of mosquitoes due to a lot of standing, brackish water, then even several dozen bug repellent candles may not be enough. And getting rid of the nasty water will help keep away other issues, too. So make sure your yard isn’t the place bugs go to breed – and you’ll be helping keep the bugs under control for everyone.

Once that’s done, it’s time to create some pleasant and natural DIY bug repellent candles to keep the bugs away.

Yield: 8 Candles

How to Make Natural DIY Bug Repellent Candles

diy bug repellent candles with citrus,, essential oils, and herbs

Tired of bugs crashing your party? Clear your deck or patio of bugs with these DIY bug repellent candles - and enjoy your backyard again.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2


  • Small glass jars
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 lime
  • Rosemary sprigs
  • Water
  • 10 to 15 drops of lemongrass or citronella essential oil
  • Tea light candles


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • matches


  1. Slice lemon and lime into thick slices. Place the lemon in the bottom of the small jar and top with a lime slice.
  2. add fresh rosemary and herbs to bug repellent candleAdd a rosemary sprig to each jar.
  3. Fill the jar almost to the top with water.
  4. how to make bug repellent candles step 4Add 10 to 15 drops of lemongrass or citronella essential oil.
  5. add candles to the natural homemade herbs and essential oilsCarefully place a tea light into the water and allow to float on top.
  6. light and enjoy a bug free evening with your bug repelling natural candlesEnjoy a bug-free experience!

Enjoy the sweet smells of summer!

Now that you’ve got your candles made, it’s time to enjoy your summer. Because really – summer nights are some of the best, most amazing ever.

My kids love being outside, playing, while we spend time together. Whether it’s while gardening, playing some soccer, or watching the sunset. Now get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather, friends! And enjoy it without all of the bugs.

You’re welcome!

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Kimberly C. Starr

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