Natural Bug Repellent

Using common plants to prevent and treat bug bites

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So you’ve made it out alive! You’re surviving in the harsh, unforgiving world of the zombie apocalypse. Fighting zombies and raiders, and searching for supplies. Always hunting for a safe place to sleep. Oh yea, and getting eaten alive by the booming insect population. So, what about some natural bug repellent?

Think about it, there would be dead bodies, general carnage, and debris literally everywhere. What love’s dead stuff and garbage? That’s right, bugs, and they would be living it up in the new, rotting environment. Ants would cover the streets, roaches would completely invade all building containing any traces of food, flies and mosquitoes would cloud the air for miles around any previously densely populated area. Basically, the new dominant species would not be zombies, it would be bugs. 

Now on a normal day, if we were being bothered by mosquitoes and other insects you would just spray some store bought bug repellent(which I highly recommend having in your bug out bag). However, when you are busy searching for essentials and avoiding death, it’s understandable to be without a few things like bug spray.

I can’t say for certain whether or not bug spray would be easy to find. It would depend on the location, the practicality of the initial looters, and how far into the zompoc you have survived. For the sake of this article, let’s assume you can not find any store bought bug repellent.

As I’ve mentioned, there will be a shit ton of bugs. Way more than you’ve ever experienced in one place, and if you think you can handle it without any repellent I suggest you read a book called “Hatchet”, because I assure you you can not. Mosquitoes suck, literally and figuratively, and will swarm if food becomes scarce. You have to remember that mosquitoes prefer fresh, healthy blood, so they will be gathering around anything living. Which means you.

So you find yourself stuck in this bug infested world with nothing to protect you but your cleverness and wildlife knowledge, and you suddenly become very appreciative of both those things. Now it is time to use these and get creative.

There are a number of different herbs and plants that can aid in repelling insects. I’ve decided to list here some of the more commonly known ones and their benefits.

Catnip, though it doesn’t grow wild in very many places, is something you could grow if you had the ability to garden. You can also use the common crushed catnip that’s found in most stores. Crush and mix with vodka, then allow to soak for at least twelve hours. Then simply put in a spray bottle and apply to skin. This same method can be used with any of the other plants mentioned. Catnip is a great against mosquitoes, ants, fleas, beetles, aphids, cockroaches, and many other bugs.

Basil can be found in many residential gardens. It repels against mosquitoes, flies, carrot flies, asparagus beetle, and white flies.

Possibly the easiest to spot and the most likely to be growing in a residential garden, marigolds repel mosquitoes as well as many other insects. It can also be eaten raw or cooked.

A few more mosquito repelling herbs;

Lemon Basil

Lemon Thyme

Lime Basil

Stone Root





Tea Tree

Another effective insect repellent is peppermint, which also be rubbed on bug bites to reduce itching. There are a few different remedies to help reduce the itching and irritation caused by bug bites.

 Basil leaves contain camphor and thymol, two anti-itch compounds. It can be crushed and rubbed directly on skin.

 Aloe Vera is one that should be pretty obvious to most people. It works great for bug bites, sunburn, and general dry, itchy skin. Just cut open the leaves and rub the aloe directly on affected area.

Finally can be used as well. Mix untreated clay with water and spread over affected area. It can draw out venom and help reduce itching and pain.

 So to wrap this up, bug bites suck normally and in a zombie apocalypse you simple have more important things to worry about. Take a little time to learn about your natural surroundings so that you are prepared to deal with whatever the zompoc throws your way, whether it zombies or mosquitoes.

Originally posted 2018-02-07 10:55:42.

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Written by Joanna

#LiteraryPsychopath, strange enthusiast, aspiring individual, author of A BLOODY ROAD TO NOWHERE AND TALES FROM THE APOCALYPSE, available on Amazon.

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