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Natural mosquito repellents

Updated on July 15, 2015


About mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are small flying insects and there are many species that are harmless because they are feeding with plant nectar. Only females from some species are ectoparasites - t.e. they feed with blood of other animals mostly mammals but also birds and reptiles. There are more than 3500 known species of mosquitoes which bite millions of people every day and can be very dangerous because carry a variety of infections and diseases as malaria, west nile virus, yellow fever and filariasis. They live and breed in warm and wet places like lakes and forests, but they can be found in the city too. Their population raises at spring and summer.

Mosquitoes bite some people more than others

Female mosquitoes need the nutrition coming from blood to produce eggs so their mouth is constructed this way to can pierce the skin and suck from their victim. When the mosquito bite its prey their saliva can cause itches.
Mosquitoes prefer people with blood type 0 as well as these who have problems with breathing. These pests are attracted by persons with a lot of heat and skin bacteria and pregnant women too. So people who have these characteristics are more affected from mosquitoes.


Mosquitoes don't like some plants

You might have a window screen in order to prevent mosquitoes from entering the room. Sometimes that is not enough. There are a lot of plants that mosquitoes do not like. Among them are basil, lemongrass, calendula, rosemary and chrysanths. Place the pots with some of the flowers on the windowsill, on balconies and near the front door, so the scent will banish mosquitoes.



Lemon grass


Essential oils as mosquito repellents

Another tested method against mosquitoes is the use of scented essential oils. Pine oil, verbena, geranium, carnation, cinnamon, lavender, peppermint, rosemary, tea tree – all of them are suitable for combating insects.

  • Citronella - most of products against mosquitoes contains citronella but its protections is about 20 minutes.
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus can protect you up to two ours and the best of it is that it is a natural based. You have to know that there are two kind of this oil - pure and insects repellent - get the second one.
  • Catnip oil gives you protection for up to seven hours.

It is enough to disperse the scent of any of the essential oils around the house. Before you do that, however, make sure that nobody at home is allergic to the particular fragrance.

Liquid soap with citronella

How to make repellent soap

  • 1 ounce Liquid soap of your choice, or shower gel
  • 10 drops citronella, or
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil, or
  • 10 drops rose geranium


  1. Add the essential oil of your choice to the liquid soap or shower gel.
  2. Wash yourself before go out and mosquitoes will stay away from you.
  3. First try with small amount of essential oil and see if it is working, if not you can add a drop or two.
  4. Try to mix some essential oils for better results.

Homemade mosquito repellent

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  • 25 drops essential oils, lavender or rose geranium or peppermint or citronella
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp aloe vera, (gel)


  1. Mix essential oil of your choice with the vegetable oil and aloe vera.
  2. Stir until homogenize.
  3. Put a little on your skin before go out.

Tips & Tricks

1. Combine 25 drops of some of the essential oils listed above with a cup of apple cider vinegar.

2. Put it in a spray bottle.

3. Get some decoration made from felt and spray it with this solution.

4. Hang it on the window or balcony door.

Handmade felt decorations with mosquito repellent

Natural organic repellents

If you want to chase away mosquitoes from the room, use a mixture of water and a natural repellent, such as lemon juice.

Another recipe is water and dried lavender leaves or petals of a rose. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it periodically to refresh the space.

Mosquitoes doesn't like vitamin B1

It is a curious fact that one of the things, which repel mosquitoes, is the taste of vitamin B1. The smell of it is not felt by humans, but mosquitoes can smell it in the blood. So in the summer you should consume more foods, rich in vitamin B1 – lettuce, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, rice bran, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, etc.


All these ideas and recipes are natural but if you think that can't help you always can buy something for the pharmacy, there are many products against insects - sprays, gels and even bracelets.

At last but not least - when you know that you are going to a place as lake or forest where is supposed to have a big amount of mosquitoes or other pests (especially at night because they are more active when the sun goes down), wear shirt with long sleeves, and long trousers, shoes and socks to minimize the risk of bites.

Last advices

1. No matter if you use store bought repellent or natural be careful when applying it on kids. Never give them to do it alone. Find out if it is safe for their age and sensitive skin.

2. Never spray pest repellent on wounds and scratches or irritated skin. If you already have been bitten use special product to minimize the itches.

3. If you use sunscreen, apply it first and then use mosquito repellent.

Do not hesitate to try our recipes and see what the final results will be. Enjoy the summer without mosquitoes – you fully deserve it!


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  • Jamie Morton profile image

    Jamie Morton 2 years ago from London

    Thank you for very useful and interesting article.

  • monikajones215 profile image

    Monika Jones 2 years ago from London, UK

    Great hub! These handmade repellents are super cute!