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Bug Repellant
Bug Repellant
This gnarly paste makes you nearly invisible to bugs. Just don't attack them, and they'll ignore you! Effect lasts 10 minutes.
Consumable (values pertain to Humans)
Spoils in
Stack size
Added in
Spawn Command
cheat gfi BugRepellant 1 0 0
cheat giveitem "Blueprint'/Game/PrimalEarth/CoreBlueprints/Items/Consumables/PrimalItemConsumable_BugRepellant.PrimalItemConsumable_BugRepellant'" 1 0 0
Required level
Engram points
12 EP
Crafting XP
4 XP
Crafting time
Required stations
Crafting yields
6 pieces
Resources breakdown [Expand]
Total Base Ingredients
Ingredients (Chemistry Bench)
Resources breakdown [Expand]
16 × Citronal Citronal
16 × Rockarrot Rockarrot
Total Base Ingredients

Bug Repellant is a consumable in ARK: Survival Evolved. Upon use, it reduces the aggressiveness of certain insects and other creatures towards the user.

The specific results of the effect are:

  • Titanomyrma Titanomyrma, Meganeura Meganeura, and Leech Leeches will ignore the user unless attacked first.
  • Araneo Araneo, Arthropluera Arthropluera, Onyc Onyc, Manta Manta, and Mantis Mantis will act the same way as the Gigantopithecus Gigantopithecus, passive, but aggressive when touched, which allows the user to tame these creatures non-violently.
  • Pachyrhinosaurus Pachyrhinosaurus actually eats it instead of kibble as its favorite taming food, where it fills up 25 food-units per Bug Repellant.
  • Be warned, Pulmonoscorpius won't change their curious behavior and sense your presence. However, they may not attack you even if touched the first few times. Should one approach you, stay still and shield yourself. If they attack, a sword will take them easily.

The effect lasts for 10 minutes. During the duration of the effect, a translucent pale green haze will be emitted from the user and their tames.


Bug repellant can be extremely useful for survivors and their tames that venture into caves, as it greatly reduces the threat of being attacked by a variety of dangerous cave creatures. It's also necessary for the taming process of those very same creatures. Additionally, it can make oceanic and coastal ventures somewhat less dangerous as it will help you avoid attack from Manta swarms.

Spoil times[]

Unlike most other items crafted in the Mortar and Pestle Mortar and Pestle and Chemistry Bench Chemistry Bench, bug repellant can spoil, so preservation may be required.

ContainerSpoiling Time
Human Player Inventory 5h
Triceratops Tamed Dino 20h
Preserving Bin Preserving Bin 2d 2h
Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) Smokehouse (Primitive Plus) 3d 3h
Refrigerator Refrigerator 20d 20h

For more information, see Spoilage.