Our dogs love to hike, swim in the lake, and travel with us wherever my husband and I go. The only bad thing about our pups romping through the water and the woods–the bugs! Yuck.

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Both of our dogs are on a quality flea and tick medication, but as a non-bug lover I’m happy to go the extra mile to help keep my pups bug free.

Every time we head out into the wilderness I give Rowan and Clover a little spritz of my homemade dog spray which works like a charm and is cheap as dirt to make.

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The next time you’re out and about, give this recipe a try…

Homemade Dog Bug Spray


  • 16 oz. Water
  • 2 drops of Lavender
  • 2 drops Citronella
  • 2 drops of Cedarwood
  • 2 drops of Lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons of carrier oil
  • 10-12 ounce spray bottle (use a 16-ounce bottle if this mixture is too strong)


  1. Fill a 16 oz. spray bottle full of water.
  2. Add all essential oils.
  3. Give your mixture a shake.
  4. Give your dog a spray before you head outdoors!

Love this spray? Then I know you’re also going to love my  Lavender Calming Doggy Spray.

Sending lots of love to you and your furbabies