Oil Up Bugs
Lavender oil is a powerful bug repellent. It keeps away mosquitoes, flies, gnats and other biting insects. It is also annoying to moths; when combined with cedar chips or slivers, lavender oil makes a powerful moth repellent.
Sprays or lotions made with lavender oil can be used directly on the skin as chemical-free insect repellent. However, be sure to reapply often; the repellent may evaporate faster than typical commercial bug repellents, depending on whether they're made from alcohol or lotion.
Lavender oil in soy candles placed around the home or garden has a bug-repelling effect that is more powerful than citronella -- and it smells nicer. For maximum effect, combine lavender oil with eucalyptus, which is also an effective insect repellent, and clove oils.