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Controlling Mosquitoes the Natural Way

Updated on November 16, 2015

Mosquito Control Alternative

If you're allergic to or hesitant to use mosquito repellent with deet in it, there are a number of natural remedies that can work really well for you.

One thing about a number of the natural remedies you have to be careful of is separating fact from fiction with many of the old wives fables, for example, like placing a fabric softener sheet in your pocket to ward off the pests.

Another one you hear of but is very unpractical is taking garlic and applying it to your skin. Right! That'll go over well with anyone around you.

Here's a very practical an inexpensive way to ward off Mosquitos, and it's something most people keep around the house at all times, and that's Listerine mouth wash.

All you have to do is get a spray bottle and fill about half of with cold water after washing it out.

Once that's done take your Listerine mouth wash and fill it up the rest of the way.

Remember to securely fasten the sprayer on the top of the bottle so it's on tightly, shake the bottle to distribute the mix evenly, and you're ready to go do some damage.

Mosquito sucking human blood photo

How to use Listerine to repel mosquitoes

This isn't harmful to animals or children in any way, so you can feel good about using it for mosquito control.

Another great point is Listerine doesn't necessarily need to be applied to your skin, but is to be sprayed around your yard or the area you're going to be hanging out in. If that doesn't work completely, you can apply spray some on from a distance.

Usually it'll work without the need to apply it to your skin, but in areas that are more shady and heavily wooded, you may need to have a stronger mix or apply it to the ground and to your skin.

You don't spray at too close of a distance when applying to your skin because there could be some irritation that accompanies it.

Listerine works for mosquito control

Because deet can prevent other insect or tick problems, you need to consider that if you're thinking Listerine will work on them as well. I have no proof it does.

The reason I think Listerine works so well is the connection to masking human odor, which seems to be the principle behind deet. Mosquitoes usually hunt by smell, as so anything that successfully masks our scent should work well. This is the reason I think Listerine works for natural mosquito control. 


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      Debby Bruck 8 years ago

      I'll give it a try. Seems harmless enough. Cool Minty Hubpage.