5 Foods That Repel Bugs

5 Foods That Repel Bugs

Does it ever seem like bugs flock straight to you? Well, keeping the bugs away isn’t just about the insect repellent that you put on your body, but it can also be related to the food that you put inside of your body. Let’s take a look at 5 foods that repel bugs. 


The sulfur component in onions keeps bugs at a distance by producing an odor that bugs hate. You can create a DIY natural insect repellent for your garden by combining four bulbs of garlic and a small onion with water in a spray bottle and applying it to your plants. If you’re really desperate and don’t have bug spray handy, you can rub an onion on your skin. 


Okay, we know that onions are probably not your first choice to rub all over your body, so you’re in luck! You can also use grapefruit. Grapefruit peels contain a chemical compound called nootkatone, which is commonly used in citronella candles to ward off mosquitoes. For more tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes, click here. 


Bugs hate the bitter skins on cucumbers, so eating them with hummus, chopping them up in a salad, or laying them out around your campsite is a simple way to keep the bugs at bay. 

Apple Cider Vinegar 

Consuming apple cider vinegar is one of the best methods for keeping bugs away, especially mosquitos. You can also make an effective DIY bug repellent by combining a spray bottle with half water and half apple cider vinegar and using it in your garden. 


Eating garlic has proven to scare off the bugs! The only problem is the bugs might not be the only thing you scare off. Garlic, like onions, is made out of a sulfur component that bugs run from. Adding a little to your food each day may be helpful, especially when you are cooking outside! Here are some great homemade pesticide recipes, including one made out of garlic. 

Who knew that so many foods could also act as bug repellents? If you’re still having bug issues or need some help with your home, we would love to help. Check out our services here.