Bug Off!

No, not you! I’m delighted you’re here reading my blog. I hope you enjoy it, and if you do, I hope you’ll leave a comment. It’s always fun to hear from other simmers.

But what am I trying to banish here today? Bugs. The weather is getting warmer, bugs are buzzing around, and who wants their leisure time spoiled by gnats, flies, and mosquitoes? Not me.

HerbsOn the other hand, I don’t like chemicals much either, so I’ve opted for making my own bug repellent. Needless to say, I was very happy when herbalism skills and wellness skills were added to Sims 4. Now, my natural-minded sims can also create a “Bug Be Gone” liniment. Their concoction comes from noxious elderberries and basil. My formula is much different.

Yes, I’ve made this. Yes, I’ve used this. Yes, this really does work.

So, if you’re like me and prefer doing things the natural way, give this herbal recipe a try when the bugs start bugging you.

Bug Be Gone

Add 4 ounces of distilled water — or water you’ve boiled and cooled — to a clean spray bottle. An 8-ounce bottle works great. Add 4 ounces of witch hazel. Choose several essential oils with insect-repellant properties. There are many!

Choose from these natural repellents for your own personal Bug Be Gone formula:

  • Catnip
  • Cedar
  • Cinnamon
  • Citronella
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Lavender
  • Lemongrass
  • Mint
  • Rosemary

You’ll need about 40-50 drops of essential oil. Of course, the more oil you use, the stronger the spray will be. I never make mine the same twice, but I almost always include citronella, eucalyptus, and lavender.

You can also add 1/2 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin if you want. This helps keep the spray from evaporating too quickly.

This is, IMO, the quickest and easiest way to get rid of unwanted pests. We spray it liberally around our porch and can then enjoy a bug-free environment.

Fresh herbs — or dried herbs — can also be used for insect repellant, although it’s a bit more time-consuming to prepare.

Bug Be Gone 2

Boil a cup of water, and add 3 or 4 tablespoons of herbs or barks from the list above. I suggest always adding a bit of mint. Cloves are good, too.

Mix the herbs well, cover the container, and allow to cool. Once cool, strain the herbs out. Mix the water with 8 ounces of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol — or a combination of both. You’ll want to keep the repellent in a cool place. The refrigerator is great.

Now, let’s get out and enjoy the weather — and not worry about bugs!


For more information on herbalism in Sims 4, check out this handy guide: The Sims 4 Herbalism Skill



4 thoughts on “Bug Off!

  1. Awesome–I think I’ll try this. I’m also considering adding essential oils to our sunscreen or lotion–we use Vanicream, which is fragrant-free and designed as a base. The distilled water/witch hazel base sounds great, too!

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