DIY Peppermint Bug Away Spray

I know lots of witches like spiders. They think they’re cute, or something. I am not one of them. Arachnophobe here, no doubt about it.

Thanks in part to the huge amounts of rain we had here in California over the winter and spring, we are overrun with spiders at the moment. I have yet to spend any time enjoying my patio this May thanks to the sheer number of spiderwebs I have to shudder my way through to get out there!

DIY Peppermint Bug Away Spray | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

So I whipped up this easy DIY Peppermint Bug Away Spray to spray all over the house and patio as a natural deterrent to the little buggers. You have to spray it pretty regularly but it definitely makes a difference!

Note: This spray is intended for application to objects, not people.

DIY Peppermint Bug Away Spray | The Witch of Lupine Hollow

DIY Peppermint Bug Away Spray


  • Glass bottle with spray top
  • Peppermint essential oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Distilled water


  1. Fill the glass bottle about an eighth to a quarter of the way up with witch hazel.
  2. Drop in 20-30 drops of peppermint oil.
  3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with water. You could charge this under the waning moon to encourage the banishing of your bug problem.
  4. Shake well before each use and spray along doors, windows and anywhere spiderwebs seem to collect. Reapply at least once a week.

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