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Natural Mosquito Repellent

Updated on June 24, 2014

Natural Mosquito Repellant

With mosquito season in full swing in many parts of the world, it's good to revisit ways to keep those little critters away, as the potential to get some serious diseases like West Nile Virus are real. Some people that get bitten by mosquitoes also experience huge swelling from the mosquito bite, and in some cases irritating itching. Since not everyone feels comfortable with Deet based mosquito control, here's another way to control mosquitoes naturally.

I've talked about using Listerine for mosquito control in the past, and this time around we'll talk about using white vinegar as a mosquito repellent.

Before I get into that, understand that mosquito larvae thrive and hatch in open water around your home, so continually check to make sure any type of container holding water isn't just laying around, as that will allow a mosquito hatch that causes a lot of the problem in the first place. Prevention is always better than having to find a remedy once things begin.

Mosquito sucking human blood

Using white vinegar as natural mosquito control

Anyway, assuming you've done everything you can to effectively prevent, manage and control mosquitoes, if some do escape through all your efforts, you can use white vinegar as one means of naturally controlling the mosquitoes that survived.

This is a really simple and quick process to apply, and all you really need is to get yourself a workable spray mist bottle of any type and open it up by removing the top nozzle.

Just put your white vinegar in the spray bottle and start doing your spraying around the area or areas you'll be hanging around in. If you don't have white vinegar, you can usually find it around the salad dressing area of your grocery store. 

Applying white vinegar as mosquito repellent

Don't be afraid to use a significant amount of the white vinegar, as you're really wanting to have effective mosquito control, not just spritz a little area by going through the motions.

If you do it at a medium spraying, it won't take long to see if it's enough to be enough of a mosquito repellent, as if the mosquitoes are there, they'll find you quickly enough. If they come around, just spray some more until it successfully rids the area of them.
One final caution about spraying for mosquitoes with white vinegar, be careful if you have any open cuts or there's strong wind, as it can sting when landing on an open cut, or the wind could force it into your eyes, which we know wouldn't be a pleasant experience.


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      Sandra 6 years ago

      Vinegar will kill plants and those that it does not kill will get leaf damage, so do not spray on plants that you want to be healthy.

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      droj 6 years ago from CNY

      Am I gonna smell like a tossed salad for rest of the day? :)

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      VivekSri 7 years ago

      needed that one badly. what a great way to share. would like to thank your hub and all your pain writing this.

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      gsanderson619 7 years ago

      Mosquito traps are probably a more effective than vinegar. I found Mosquito Magnets after doing some research. They can pretty much get rid of mosquitoes in your yard for an entire season.

      Here's an example of one of their traps:

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      Hi again. A while back I hubbed a natural mosquito recipe to make that works, smells nice, and is good for the skin too. You are welcome to read and see.

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      LondonGirl 8 years ago from London

      good ideas there - mosquito repellant contains some nasty stuff!

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      frogyfish 8 years ago from Central United States of America

      I'm interested if you could substitute real cider vinegar for the white vinegar? This is a new one to me.