Pest Aside – To Keep Biting Bugs Away

126 customer reviews


Pest Aside is an all-natural bug repellent stick that repels ticks, mosquitoes, flies, and other pests that might bother you when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors! Pest Aside is a five-ingredient blend that’s very effective against all these insects, and more!

We use coconut oil, neem oil, citronella essential oil, patchouli essential oil, and candelilla wax to create a salve that’s applied from a convenient, non-messy tube.  All four oils are known for their bug repellent properties — and neem, in particular, makes it work better than most essential oil-based options! Make sure you have it whenever you plan on being outside!

Key Ingredients:

Pest Aside keeps bugs at bay!

ABSOLUTELY NO colors, flavors (natural or artificial), preservatives, added sugar, sodium benzoate, citric acid, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, top allergens (corn, soy, nuts, gluten, dairy, fish) or other junk!

Scroll down to read a more in-depth description of the product, ingredients, benefits, FAQ, reviews, and more!

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NOTE: Some Pest Aside products were made with a darker neem oil this season. The product is darker in appearance, but quality and effectiveness is unchanged.


Pest-Aside contains a blend of coconut and neem oil, candelilla wax, and insect-repelling essential oils to create the ultimate salve for bug bite prevention. Unlike sprays, it won’t spill or leak and there’s no nasty fumes to inhale. A little bit goes a long way, which makes this salve stick cost-effective. It’s mess free and safe for the whole family 6 months+.

Next time you’re going to have fun outdoors, make sure you bring along your Pest-Aside for an itch-free adventure! If you’re looking for relief from bug bites, poison ivy, splinters, and more, check out our Black Drawing Salve!


  • 100% natural ingredients
  • Safe for ages 6 months+
  • Insect repellent
  • Made with essential oils
  • Anti-fungal properties

Don’t love your product? Contact us within 30 days and we’ll refund your money. The best way to reach us is through email at [email protected].


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 mo+. Safe while pregnant or breastfeeding.

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


Q: Is this safe for my baby, or mom while pregnant/breastfeeding?

A: Safe for babies from 6 months, and can be used safely during pregnancy and breastfeeding!

Q: Why is this in a stick instead of a spray?

A: The most effective ingredients were all oil-based, so it made the most sense to be in a stick.

Q: This melts! What can I do about it?

A: These oils will melt if in the direct sun or hot car.  We recommend placing it inside a bag or container where it won’t make a mess if it does melt.  Melting will not affect use; it will still work!

Q: How much do I need to use?

A: For backyards or low-bug areas, a little on your neck, wrists, and ankles should be enough.  If you will be in the deep woods or high-bug areas, apply to all exposed skin.

Q: Why is my product so dark? It's never been this dark before.

A: Natural products do vary by growing season or slight changes in plant variety. This does not change effectiveness.

126 reviews for Pest Aside – To Keep Biting Bugs Away

  1. Kellycharles83 (verified owner)

    I’ve been using this repellent for a couple years now and I love it so much! It really is very effective and a little goes a very long way. We just use a dab on the back of the arms, back of the calves, and back of the neck and never have a problem with getting bit. The smell is a bit strong but not unpleasant at all. I highly recommend this product!

  2. Annie S (verified owner)

    I hate leaving bad reviews, but I just did not see a difference while using pest aside during the summer of 2020. I put it on myself and my kids during the wet season back in July and August, and was extremely disappointed. I put it on our faces, legs, feet, arms etc and it seemed as if the bugs were MORE attracted to us! I really wish it worked for us, because it is so hard to find a natural bug spray that does not have all of those added ingredients to it. I also did not like the smell, and I would constantly smell it days later, just like I do when I smell some fragrance. It wasn’t a bad smell necessarily, but it just didn’t go well with my senses, I guess.

  3. Kaela Vance

    I’ve used this whenever we remember and I can say that the days we didn’t use this, we were bitten up! I don’t even have to spread all over, we typically placed at ankles, wrists, and neck and won’t have a single bite at the end of the day!

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!

  11. sarah_allane (verified owner)

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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!!!!

  16. 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!

  17. 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!

  18. 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.

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

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