Pest Aside {Natural Bug Repellent}

(57 customer reviews)


A natural and effective way to keep the bugs off! Don’t let those bitey bugs keep you indoors and ruin your fun. An essential oil-based, no-mess repellant is exactly what you need to keep the whole family pest-free. One less thing to worry about!

Made with 100% natural ingredients. Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Corn-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan. No Artificial Colors, Preservatives, or Fragrances

 Cruelty free and never tested on animals; Leaping Bunny certified.



We’re a big fan of puns here at Earthley, so naturally our bug repellent is called Pest Aside.
If you’re new to solid bug repellant, don’t knock it till you try it! This stick will last a long time, making it cost effective. Unlike a spray, it doesn’t spill and you don’t inhale it. It’s very easy to apply and doesn’t make a mess. Our repellant protects against mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, ants, flies, moths, lice, and more. All the repelling power comes from pure plant-based oils, so it’s safe for the whole family. Next time you’re going camping or just to a backyard bonfire, grab Earthley’s Pest Aside. You’ll be glad you did!

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Handcrafted With:

  • Organic Coconut Oil
  • Organic Neem Oil
  • Candelilla Wax
  • Citronella Essential Oil
  • Patchouli Essential Oil

That’s all, folks! Ingredients listed here are exactly what you’ll find in your product – nothing more, nothing less.


Rub a small amount on exposed skin areas, especially around the ankles and neck.  Reapply as needed.


Shelf Life: 1 year. Safe for ages 6 months+, including pregnant and nursing women.

These statements have not been reviewed by the FDA, and this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure anything.

57 reviews for Pest Aside {Natural Bug Repellent}

  1. Emilie (verified owner)

    We used this for the first time this summer in the middle of nowhere North Carolina backwoods on a very hot day. We applied it to our arms and legs and back of neck. No bugs, no ticks, no bites anywhere! Very pleased and will be buying each time the weather turns warm!

  2. Chelsea (verified owner)

    Pest Aside has been the best thing for my youngest! Mosquitos were consistently biting him until I got Pest Aside, now he wears it every time we go out and no more bites

  3. Abby Urfer (verified owner)

    I have had great luck with this bug repellent. It smells so good and clean, and goes on smoothly and spreads easily on the skin. I feel comfortable using it on my family, and it has actually been effective against bugs!

  4. Nichole Wilson (verified owner)

    I love the scent of this! Smells so much better than other things. It also works very well. I don’t usually get many bug bites, but my husband is a bug magnet! He has been very happy with this and that it doesn’t have any of the toxic junk in it!

  5. Meg (verified owner)

    SO happy to have found a safe AND effective natural bug remedy. I love that this formula includes neem, as I haven’t found that in others I’ve tried and I think it is key to the effectiveness of this stick. The scent is strong, but it’s so comforting to know that it’s all natural oils. I’ll definitely be keeping this on hand in the summers!

  6. sw20 (verified owner)

    I am so so so happy to have found an all natural bug deterrent that actually works! No bug bites this year as long as I remembered to use it! Love the scent too which we have had several loads of laundry come out smelling like citronella all summer! Thanks for making a safe alternative!

  7. Grace S. (verified owner)

    I have tried multiple deet- and toxin-free bug repellents and NONE of them have worked EXCEPT this one. Whenever I tried it I was seriously shocked. Mosquitoes love me. Idk if it’s blood type or what exactly attracts them to certain people and not others, but man, I’m still in awe of how well this worked (because tbh I didn’t expect it to). You will not regret this purchase!!

  8. sarah_allane (verified owner)

    This product works very well, I only wish it had a milder smell. It is super strong!

  9. Chelsee (verified owner)

    for the most part, I’m a fan! I love the smell for sure, and the ingredients! But it is quite a bit messier than the traditional spray on. And I feel like i went through a tube pretty fast because of how much we had to use for the whole family. It worked pretty good, still noticed a few bug bites. But not near as many as we would have if we weren’t wearing any.

  10. Erin (verified owner)

    This smells great and I love that it’s nontoxic, but my son and I still get bit by mosquitoes. Still using it to see if maybe it was just a fluke? Will update my review if it starts to work better. Maybe we’re just too sweet!

  11. Meghann Wiles (verified owner)

    I love this stuff SO MUCH. It is hands down my favorite bug repellant, especially for kids. My three actually love to have it put on. We live in the south with heavy mosquitoes, and it’s been a life saver for us. We just came back in from sitting for 3.5 hours in our front lawn with it on and zero bug bites.

  12. Emily Diedrich (verified owner)

    This will forever be my family’s bug repellent. It works. Went camping and no bug bites! Plus it doesn’t have nasty chemicals or fake smells. Win!!!!

  13. Rebecca Ayers (verified owner)

    Works better than any bug repellent! You literally cannot beat the efficacy of this and it being a natural product with zero toxic ingredients. I will say, it is super thick. It doesn’t bother my kiddos at all, but I use it sparingly because I don’t like the feel of it. But I’d much rather have that problem than using ingredients that are harmful!

  14. Courtney Keck (verified owner)

    Love how well this works! We live right up against a preserve in Fl so the mosquitoes are vicious. This must be their kryptonite!

  15. Denise (verified owner)

    I feel good about applying this (even after a shower) because I know it’s not toxic and can safely stay on my skin, BUT unfortunately I have not seen it deter the mosquitoes at all. I’ve yet to find something safe that does.

  16. Jordan Long

    I love how easy this is to put on my kids, especially the baby! Works very well to keep them off our skin!

  17. BJ (verified owner)

    Pest Aside works well to keep the bugs away. The stick forms helps to keep the bugs off of the skin. I wish it also came in a liquid format (without oil) that could be sprayed on clothing. We keep a stick of this handy in the summer. Great product!

  18. Sheri (verified owner)

    This definitely worked for me, however the protection doesn’t last as long as the chemical products. But I would rather re-apply as needed than cover myself in chemicals.

  19. Sara Leathers (verified owner)

    I bought this for my one year old and me. I wanted to love it, but the mosquitos still come after us. I have tried making sure every bit of us is covered with it, but they still bite.

  20. Melanie (verified owner)

    Love this stuff! I have yet to get a Mosquito bite this year I recommend you it to all my friends and they Recommend it to theirs

  21. Tara (verified owner)

    I have only used this a few times and it was on my nephew who gets bitten up quickly. He was able to be outside and enjoy it without him getting bites on him. I plan on taking it on a trip here soon and looking forward to it working for us. It has a very strong smell so a little can go along way and see why it works.

  22. Brenda (verified owner)

    This product works so well for me and my family! We put it on our ankles and wrists and have no issues with bug bites! I am so thankful for a natural bug repellent! And the smell is not as bad as I thought it would be. We don’t mind smelling like citronella If it keeps the bugs away!

  23. Anita (verified owner)

    Looks like I am an outlier, but this did not work for me, my daughter, or my mom. I got 4 mosquito bites on my legs on one occasion. Thinking that perhaps I hadn’t applied with full coverage, I gave the product two more chances. Each time I got multiple bites in areas I knew had applied the product. I did get fewer bites than if I hadn’t applied anything at all (mosquitoes love me), but each time I still had 3 or more bites. Same for my toddler and for my mom. (Perhaps our genetics make us too irresistible to bugs.) Based on the other reviews, I bought 2 large containers and 1 travel size. I should have gotten the trial sized first to make sure it worked out for me.

  24. Jadegetzcena (verified owner)

    This stuff actually works!!! I was being eaten alive one night and ran in to put this all over.
    Next thing I know, the bugs were flying up to me then hovering and flying away! I watched so many decide not to land on me. And bonus…. It smells so good!!!

  25. Kirsten Elliott

    The bugs really dislike this stuff! I feel much better about applying this all natural product on my children!

  26. Chellie Anne (verified owner)

    I have most products by Earthley but this is one of my favorites. I bought the biggest size (two actually) for camping and hiking this summer for a family of 4 and it’s been great. We rarely get a mosquito bite and we hike all over all the time. It’s easy to apply and rub into the skin too and smells great!

  27. Amy!

    this works! and I really like the smell. Plus, it’s so easy to apply, as a stick.

  28. toy75 (verified owner)

    This stuff is amazing! I love that it is all natural and a safe alternative to chemical laden sprays. It smells great and works wonders. We went on a family trip to the river and my son and I were the only ones not getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. I always have some on hand.

  29. Amy Jo Miller

    My 13 month old loves outdoors, which means we are constantly fighting off pests! I love that Pest Aside smells nice, is easy to put on and that it’s safe for our whole family!

  30. Beth (verified owner)

    Hubby and I use this when we go hiking at our nearby state park and when we are working in the yard. It works great! We keep at least one, if not two sticks, around all the time.

  31. Lisa R

    Super impressed at something that does the job so well and being all natural, healthy and taking away my worry.

  32. Jenna (verified owner)

    Love using it for travel as its compact and easy to use in a pinch! Of course we love the safe and effective ingredients!

  33. Margot Muenzing (verified owner)

    I only gave it four stars because although it works really well, I’m not a huge fan of the smell.

  34. Rachel Tripp (verified owner)

    This works as well or better than any store bought bug spray and I feel so much better using it on my family knowing it’s safe and not toxic chemicals!!

  35. Naturalmama (verified owner)

    I love the smell and natural ingredients. So far this has worked better for me and my 19 month old than any other combo of EOs or *truly* natural bug spray.

  36. Dana Bobbit (verified owner)

    Works great on the whole family.. the bugs get pretty nasty in Illinois. My 2yr old did get hold of it and covered himself in it once.. which was a mess- but it all washed out of his clothes! It’s a bit messier to put on than a spray but we like to avoid toxins so I say it’s worth it!

  37. Rachel Wynn (verified owner)

    So glad we found this product. I never liked putting the chemical bug repellents on myself or my kids. Myself and several of my children are allergic to mosquitoes and they love us. Going outside in the spring and summer is no longer a hassle. Thank you so much for a wonderful, natural product that works!!!!

  38. Sharon Arnold (verified owner)

    I love this Bug Aside! I sit at many baseball games where I need protection from ticks and mosquitos, and I have never been bothered. This is my first bug reppellant I reach for everytime. I like I can just put on spots and not have to slather or spray all over entire body.

  39. Mindi (verified owner)

    Let me just say I know everyone is allergic to mosquitos (which is why we itch and get bumps) but my son is crazy allergic and no bug spray works for him at all! But 2 years ago we found this! People always look at us like we are crazy to put this stuff on but after a nights worth of camping or a days worth of fishing or hiking the comparison is amazing! I’ll take my toxic free bug repellent any day! And my son takes it with him everywhere also because he knows how well it works!

  40. Faith Miller (verified owner)

    Love this bug lotion! It smells amazing. Easy to use and is very effective on pesty mosquitoes. Love that I can use it on my body and my sons with out a worry of whats inside. All clean natural ingredients! Yayy! Using this for the second time!

  41. Cora Soleil (verified owner)

    I am allergic to DEET. Ever since I was very little. So I wanted to find something that would hold up to the miserable south Carolina summer mosquito Invasion!
    This stuff even deters the flies! It’s seriously incredible. And I personally like the citronella smell. It’s very earthey and it feels amazing on dry skin

  42. Callie (verified owner)

    This stuff really works! I wish it came as a spray but I’m more than happy with the stick!

  43. Beth Knoll (verified owner)

    I bought this as a general bug and tick repellent, and it works well for that. I wish it had a more pleasant scent and application wasn’t so messy — I don’t know if it could come as a spray instead? — and that’s why I’m only giving three stars. It does the job, though.

  44. Bri (verified owner)

    We recently took our 6 month old daughter on an overnight camping trip. As we were getting out of the car and settled she got one bug bite.. I immediately stopped what I was doing and used the pest aside stick on her and she did not get any more bug bites while we were camping.. we even went on a 1 mile hike through the woods and she was bug free!! I now swear by this stuff and recommend it to all of my family and friends!!!!

  45. Rachael (verified owner)

    We have a terrible mosquito problem at our house. My oldest cannot go outside without 10 bites min in middle of the season. We have put this on several times in several locations and I have watched the nasty bugs fly around her but not land and either come to me (not wearing anything) or fly off. WE LOVE IT!!!!! Now I need something for my dog please. haha

    • Earthley

      Hi Rachael!

      This product is actually safe for dogs. 🙂

  46. naturespromise (verified owner)

    If i could post a picture it would be worth a thousand words. We’re in Florida and the mosquitoes at this time of year are hungry. My son and my husband went out for a walk last night. My son was covered in pest aside. My husband only put it on what he could reach(his back was exposed) my son got no bites. My husband got over 50 on his back…… It works, smells great and i will continue to buy.

  47. Abbigail (verified owner)

    We love being outside but my kids and I are extra sensitive to bugs. I like that this is safe for the kids especially but it seems to not work as well on my kids as it does me. We will continue to use it as it may just be how terrible our area has been with bugs.

  48. Katherine George (verified owner)

    DEFINITELY EFFECTIVE, but not my favorite for a couple of reasons: personally, I’m not a fan of the smell of patchouli. I’d much prefer more citronella (and possibly eliminating the patchouli all together, if possible). My husband said that it was very effective out on the job, but it’s thick/oily and a little hard to rub in when you have hairy arms, haha. If Earthley were to develop a spray that would make application more even, I think that would be better for him.

  49. Blanca (verified owner)

    I purchased the trial size. The smell is great but believe a little too strong for a baby. Worked on my baby cause i didnt see bites on him, but for my dad and i didnt work so well. We also noticed that attracts bees! My dad was the one to point it out, and yes every time we apply we start to get followed by them.

  50. Brittany Greco (verified owner)

    I received a free sample a while back and used it on my (then) 8 month old when we went for a hike up in northern CA. He did not get bit by anything, while I did not use it and ended up with all kinds of mosquitos and heaven knows what bites. It really did work, and next time we take a hiking trip I will be sure to order some for the whole family!

  51. ashley Shoupe

    I purchased the sample size to try out at the end of summer last year and I will definitely be purchasing a full size version for the summer season this year. I put it on myself and my daughter one night while we were around the bonfire one night, instead of the nasty chemical filled spray everyone else was using that night. My daughter and I didn’t get not one bite, while everyone else still got eaten up by the mosquitos! Natural mama: 1 mosquitos: 0

  52. Sara (verified owner)

    Love it for the entire family and it works! It does smell strong but i like it bc it’s natural and clean! I’ll take that over chemicals!

  53. Brooke (verified owner)

    My family loves using Pest Aside to keep away the bugs. My daughter is super sensitive to bug bites. The mosquitoes seems to seek her out and the bites swell up so big! But ever since we started using Pest Aside, they haven’t bothered her— literally no bites after spending the evening around a campfire near the woods in the summer! The repellent slides on very smooth and has a pleasant natural scent. We put a generous “dot” on the ankles, underside of the knees, wrists, back of neck and behind the ears. We are so happy to find a product that not only works but more importantly isn’t filled with toxic chemicals.

  54. Amy (verified owner)

    I ordered the small size because I wanted something for on the go. It works great and smells fantastic! As with all Earthley products I’ve tried I love the Pest Aside and will be back to order more!

  55. DRM (verified owner)

    Pest Aside works very well. It has a very strong scent. I used it recently in the central Texas area and it worked to keep the mosquitoes away that had been previously swarming all around. It even kept them away from my children who did not have the pest aside on.

  56. MINDI MANLEY (verified owner)

    Our family is very outdoors friendly! We love to go fishing, camping, and out at parks… My son always gets ate up… And I mean welt size golf ball size bites…
    NOT with Pest Aside!!!
    It smells good, goes on nicely but most of all…. IT WORKS!

  57. Kara (verified owner)

    I got this first in trial size to use on myself and baby. It worked so well and I was super bummed when I got to the end of the trial stick without already ordering more. We both got bit the next day… My mom and brother are both using this now as well and love it. It smells good and doesn’t feel sticky!

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