ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Citric 'Squito Spray: A Natural Mosquito Repellent

Updated on September 19, 2012

Bottle of Natural Mosquito Repellent

natural mosquito repellent in a spray bottle
natural mosquito repellent in a spray bottle

Citric Mosquito Spray: A Natural Mosquito Repellent

Cast your vote for Natural Mosquito Repellent


I am a mosquito magnet. The minute I go outside, I am sure to lose about a pint of blood to the tiny winged vampires. I used to bathe in bug spray, but that could not be healthy for me--or my lungs--when using it. For like mosquitoes, the spray dove where I never wanted it.

So I investigated homemade insect repellents. I read in the book Salt, Lemons, Vinegar, and Baking Soda by Shea Zukowski, that mosquitoes dislike lemons. Instead of using a peel of lemon as the book recommended, I decided to use lemon juice in water with some other natural oils.

You will need the following to make Citric 'Squito Spray:

Citric 'Squito Spray Ingredients

ingredients for citric 'squito spray
ingredients for citric 'squito spray

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Lemon juice, from concentrate
  • Water
  • Citronella Essential Oil
  • Tea Tree Essential Oil
  • Eucalyptus Essential Oil
  • Peppermint Essential Oil
  • Spray Bottle

Instructions and Notes

The amount of each ingredient you use depends on the container, but I pour mine right into a spray bottle. I use around 2/3rds lemon juice concentrate. The rest is mostly water with sprinklings of oils.

I layer in the mixture. I like to put some water in first, then some lemon juice, then some oils. Then repeat. In the bottle pictured above, I use around six drops of each oil, but I make sure to have enough peppermint essential oil to cut the smell of the other essential oils.

Most of the recipe came from trying to make a natural flea repellant for my dogs, but I discovered this works better on humans plagued by mosquitoes. For me, on the bad swarm days, the above recipe works just as well as the commercial product. That is, it works decent. On the good, mosquito-light days, it works better--for the little buggers are not so desperate and have to look hard for an area I did not spray.

Give this homemade mosquito repellent a try, but keep in mind, I am not a doctor. If you have allergies or suspect you have allergies to any of these ingredients, do not use the product. Keep in mind less is more with essential oils and that lemon juice can sting. Do not get this product in your eyes or on any open wound or cut. Finally, be a little careful with spraying this on clothing. I have experienced no discoloration, but I have heard lemon juice can bleach clothing.

That is it. Enjoy your Citric ‘Squito Repellent, and let me know how it works for you.

Lemon Juice Concentrate and Essential Oils


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Jodi Ralston profile imageAUTHOR

      Jodi Ralston 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks, mecheshier, for the commenting and voting! If you try the recipe, please let me know how it works for you.

    • mecheshier profile image


      6 years ago

      Fabulous Hub. A fantastic "green" repellent. Love the recipe. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful.

    • Jodi Ralston profile imageAUTHOR

      Jodi Ralston 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Thanks for the comment, healthylife2. I'm like you: I want to use as much natural products as possible.

      For me, this spray works as well as the commercial bug spray, which isn't 100% effective on me anyway. My blood type or something just attracts them. I've never found anything that prevents *all* bug bites, but this keeps most of them off me and I don't have to kill my lungs with DEET and I can reapply as often as I desire without fear of what it is doing to me.

      Usually, when I use this and do get mosquito bites, they are in out of the way places, like just under my shorts hem where I didn't spray.

      Oh, and my mother also likes to use it when she gardens to keep gnats off. I never had problems with gnats though.


    • healthylife2 profile image

      Healthy Life 

      6 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I am also a mosquito magnet so will have to try this one. Did it work for you? I have shifted my lifestyle to use primarily all natural products when possible so need something to keep them away during my many walks this time of year.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)