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What Are Mosquitoes Afraid Of

Updated on July 24, 2015
Citronella oil is considered a natural mosquitoe repellent
Citronella oil is considered a natural mosquitoe repellent

Citronella Oil

Citronella oil is one of the best essential oil when it comes to repel mosquitoes. You can inject a few drops in a candle and light it up, put it in a spray bottle, or apply it all over the body. Make sure you are using pure essential oil, and not fragrance oil. Many mosquito repellent products "containing citronella" are actually made with fragrance oil which is ineffective and potentially dangerous.

Oil isolated from catnip is a repellent against mosquitoes, termites and cockroaches.
Oil isolated from catnip is a repellent against mosquitoes, termites and cockroaches.

Catnip

According to the research, catnip essential oil (nepetalactone) is about 10 times more effective than DEET (the compound used in most commercial insect repellents) at repelling mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will fly away but cats will come to you.

Lavender repels mosquitoes as the insects dislike the scent the flower gives off
Lavender repels mosquitoes as the insects dislike the scent the flower gives off

Lavender Oil

The smell of lavender oil and flower is so strong that mosquitoes cant tolerate it. You can add a few drops of lavender on a ribbon and place it around any open windows, or you can spray it around the house.

Neem Tree is known for its natural medicine and its leaves can be used in preventing chicken pox and preventing mosquitoes.
Neem Tree is known for its natural medicine and its leaves can be used in preventing chicken pox and preventing mosquitoes.

Neem Oil

Neem oil is a vegetable extracted from the Neem tree. It is actually a natural insecticide used on plants so that harmful insects would not want to get near it, and it works the same way on humans. Neem oil can be applied on the skin to keep mosquitoes away.

Garlic also repels mosquitoes but not from garlic breath
Garlic also repels mosquitoes but not from garlic breath

Garlic

Garlic has a very pungent odor, and even mosquitoes also agree. Eating lots of garlic, garlic oil would then be released gently from our pores. And this garlic oil can keep mosquitoes away from you. Other way is to crush and boil a few cloves of garlic and pour the liquid in a spray bottle and squirt it around the room.

Grow a Garden

Its a little-known fact that mosquitoes also hate rosemary, tea tree, marigolds, basil and tansy. Keep these plants in the yard and around your porch, they will give off an odor that’s very unpleasant to mosquitoes thus making the insects flying far away

Use lemon and orange peels to ward off mosquitoes.
Use lemon and orange peels to ward off mosquitoes.

Lemon and Orange Peels

Rub your skin with lemon or orange peels and mosquitoes will find someone else to attack. Not only mosquitoes, even ants also hate the smell, grind orange and lemon peels in your blender with some water and spread the areas you find ants to keep the insects away.

Camphor the effective and healthy mosquito repellent.
Camphor the effective and healthy mosquito repellent.

Camphor

Take a bowl of water and add a tablet of camphor (10 grams) to it. After that place the bowl in the corner of the room so that anyone would not accidentally kick it. You will find the mosquitoes are disappearing. You need to repeat this process after 2 days because the effect of the camphor is fading away. Dont throw the water but use it to wipe the floor as it is a powerful disinfectant.

mosquitoes will hate you if they see you bringing large fan into the room
mosquitoes will hate you if they see you bringing large fan into the room

Electric Fan

If you don't have citronella candles, DEET spray, or bug zappers to keep nasty mosquitoes away from you, you can try this very simple solution to repelling the bugs - an electric fan. Place an electric fan (larger better) on the deck would work because mosquitoes are weak fliers. Plus, a fan helps dissipate the carbon dioxide we exhale and reduce body heat - these two have been found to attract mosquitoes.

Soybean Oil

Although predominately used in cooking, this vegetable oil has an impressive mosquito-repelling powers. It has been extracted from the seeds of a soybean. Soybean-oil-based repellents can protect us against mosquito bites for an average of 94.5 minutes, which is more than any other botanical repellents used.

Some people install bat boxes in their garden to combat mosquitoes.
Some people install bat boxes in their garden to combat mosquitoes.

Attract Bats

Bats are the most understood of our garden residents. They have an undeserved reputation for being disease-carrying, dirty little rodents, bloodsucking. Dont let these myths scare you and attract them to your garden. These little flying mammals are impressive hunters of mosquitoes and other pesky insects. According to the research, a single bat can eat more than 600 mosquitoes per hour.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      Fans and bats are cool and clever ways to get the biting girls (it is my understanding that only the females bite). I would like to try camphor though.

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