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How To Repel Mosquitoes Naturally

Updated on November 25, 2009

Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insect pests alive. If you live in an area with a lot of mosquitoes, it can completely destroy your summer, and prevent you from enjoying outdoor activities in the cooler and more pleasant morning and evening hours.

With the arrival of West Nile Disease, mosquitoes have also become dangerous to citizens of non-tropical countries for the first time in many years.

Here are some tips for controlling mosquitoes around your home without pesticides or other dangerous chemicals.

Photo by James Jordan
Photo by James Jordan

Destroy Mosquito Habitat

The first step you should take is to examine your yard thoroughly a day or two after a heavy rainfall, looking for areas with standing water that might harbor mosquito larvae. Not all of these areas will be natural - in fact, some mosquitoes show a decided preference for breeding in old tires and similar man-made water collectors. Dump out any standing water you find, or better yet, remove the breeding habitat completely.

Be careful to change water in bird baths at least two times per week.

If you own a pond, consider adding a waterfall or fountain to prevent the water from becoming stagnant. Adding koi is another good idea - koi voraciously eat mosquito larvae, pupae, and adults. Other good mosquito-eating fish include: goldfish, mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis), Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas), and Golden shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas).

Cut edge plantings back so they don't overhang the water, and keep aquatic plants from growing in still corners of the pond, to keep them from providing protection for mosquito larvae.

Do provide some underwater and emergent plants such as sedges or rushes, however, because dragonflies - another voracious mosquito eater - will use these plants to climb out of the water when changing from their nymph form to adults. More dragonfly attracting tips.

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

There are a number of plants that repel mosquites. Planting a mix of these plants around your home and patio can create mosquito free zones for outdoor entertaining and other activities.

One of the most famous mosquito-repelling plants is citronella grass, which is used by manufacturers to make citronella candles.

Another well-known mosquito repelling plant is marigolds. These cheery flowers repel many other insect pests as well, but are popular nectar sources for butterflies.

Catnip is famous for attracting cats, but what is less well known is that it also repels mosquitoes! In fact, studies have found that catnip oil is more than 10 times better at repelling mosquitoes than DEET!

The lovely and aromatic garden herbs rosemary, basil, lavender, lemon balm, and lemongrass are also effective mosquito repellents.

More plants that repel mosquitoes:

  • cedar
  • sagebrush
  • bee balm/bergamot
  • onion
  • garlic
  • tansy
  • eucalyptus
  • peppermint
  • horsemint
  • eucalyptus

There are two different kinds of plants commonly sold as "mosquito plants." One is a type of geranium that has been genetically modified to produce citronella oil. The other is Agastache cana, also known as Giant Hyssop, Bubblegum Mint, or Hummingbird Mint.

Bring in the Cavalry

Fish and dragonflies are not the only animal that love a tasty mosquito.

Birds, bats, frogs, and toads will also take a significant chunk out of your mosquito population.

The best mosquito eating birds include swallows and their relatives, purple martins. Providing birdhouses can encourage these attractive and helpful species to take up residence.

Bats also appreciate a home, and commercially made bat houses are also available.

To learn more about attracting frogs and toads to your yard, please check out Attracting Frogs and Toads To Your Garden.

If you live in an area where they are allowed, domestic poultry also make fantastic mosquito control assistants. The best species include chickens, guinea hens, and ducks. Although free range birds are most effective against mosquitoes and other insect pests, even birds confined to runs or "chicken tractors" can take a bite out of your mosquito problem.

More Mosquito Repelling Tips

  • Eating a diet heavy in onions and garlic can make you unattractive to mosquitoes.
  • Mosquitoes find their prey partly through carbon dioxide. If you are outside in mosquito-heavy locations, avoid overheating or exercising as much as possible, as these cause you to emit more carbon dioxide.
  • Curiously, mosquitoes seem to be more attracted to people who consume diets high in sugary or processed foods. Eating a diet rich in whole grains, vegetables, and fruits may help reduce your attractiveness to mosquitoes.
  • Avoid wearing floral or fruity scents from perfumes, sunscreens, soaps, laundry detergent, and similar products.
  • Some people swear by vitamin B-1 (thiamin) tablets.

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      C.Ferreira 7 years ago from Rutland, VT

      Another incredibly useful and informative Hub....bookmarked and will be using this all the time!

      Thanks again!

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      Lynda R 7 years ago

      Good info I will have to buy some of those plants and eat more Italian food!

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      Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

      Great tips. I will send this to my sister. Mosquitoes just eat her up and she is always looking for ways to prevent their nasty bites.

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      nomaes 7 years ago from Kathmandu, Nepal

      thanks for this info

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      esocial 7 years ago from California

      Wow! Do I really need to change the bird bathwater twice a week? Didn't know that..

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      Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      Thanks for this useful info. Off to buy Marigolds!

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      Eileen Kersey 7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      We are having problems with mossies this year. Thanks for the advice

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks..very informative and bookmarked it!

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      Nyesha Pagnou, MPH 7 years ago from USA

      This is really helpful information kerryg, thanks.

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I'm thrilled. I actually planted some of those plants right by the back porch. Nothin' can ruin a good porch sit like pesky mosquitoes. Will check back next time I'm planting.

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      xfuzemalaysia 7 years ago from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

      Well, have you imagine in the tropical country or those tribes that lives in the jungle, how do they survive with mosquitoes? The secret is through their eating habits. From what I understand, these tribes people, eat bitter herbs from jungle and the chemicals contained in the herbs absorb in the blood veins and those cute mosquitoes won't suck the bloody bitter blood.

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      kreate 7 years ago

      Looking for this info for a while. ty

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      knell63 7 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      I have always found eucalyptus oil, diluted with a little water and poured into an old spray bottle makes an excellent deterant. You do end up smelling like the outback and attracting Koalas thought.

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      Om Paramapoonya 7 years ago

      Great info. Mosquitoes always seem to like me more than other people. I'm gonna go buy citronella spray at a natural food store before I go camping next time :)

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      David Lim 7 years ago from Singapore

      I shiould have had this info when I was in the army. I tried an electronic mosquitoe repellent then but it absolutely didn't work. And for some reason, I seem to attract more mosquitoes than my fellow soldiers. If I had read this hub then, I would have eaten more onion rings and stayed off the coke. :)

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      pwjm 7 years ago

      Wow you really know your stuff!!

      Mosquito's are the worst!! and this time of year its worse than ever! Me and my prospecting buddies always have a hard time dealing with them with natural methods and end up resorting to deet. I'm definetly going to give some of these a shot.

      I've compiled a small list on my website that has some good tips for treating the bites. if its okay with you the link is http://goldpantips.blogspot.com/2009/06/mosquito-i... Hopefully someone can find it helpful! Also if its okay I'd like to put a link on my site pointing here, this is quality advice!

      Can't wait to try these....

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      laswi 7 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Thanks for the information. Dengu fewer has becomea big problen in our country thease days. Dendu is spread because of a mosquito.

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      No1beautytips 7 years ago

      great article ;-)

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      Trips 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      I'm from Minnesota--"Land of 100,000,000 Mesquitos"--so this is so useful! Well-written too. Nice job!

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      Philuc 7 years ago from Quito, Ecuador

      Excellent advice and I travel a couple of times year to the Rain Forest, so a few of these tips will come in handy.

      Another tip for you - vitamin B. I can't remember off hand why, but it repels mosquitos. If you are traveling to a mosquito haven, take some vitamin B, starting 4 or 5 days before getting there.

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      Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

      Yes, it is Mosquito time again. Thanks for the wonderful insight on protection.

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      llanishen 7 years ago

      Some people apply onion juice on their body. This would really get them flying.

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      Man from Modesto 7 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Great post. Did not know about the list of plants.

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      thor6 7 years ago from http://ragnasuns.blogspot.com

      Thanks that was great info, i often go fishing in the north of Finland in summer and its rife with the pests. I am new at this web page thing so if you could have a look at mine then i would be greatful. http://hubpages/hub/petes-pages

      take care and have a safe weekend

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      Laura Spector 7 years ago from Chiang Mai, Thailand

      Thanks for the info. I live in Thailand, which is rife with mosquitoes and they spread lots of Dengue here. One thing the Thai's do, is have a lighting source if you're sitting outside at night. Evening mosquitoes flee from light. And, I verify that Lemongrass does work! They sell tons of it here in oil and jelly forms. Also, Tiger Balm, which is used as a remedy for muscle pain (topical and warms the skin), keeps them away too! Of course, they also believe drinking copious amounts of whiskey or eating lots of chillies also works - but I can't verify that...

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      Dana Chadwick 7 years ago

      I loved this article. Who knew there were so many ways-naturally- to repel mosquitoes besides flooding your surroundings with insecticides, that may end up killing you along with the mosquitoes. Well written, very informative and detailed. Cool!

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      Woodson 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Really helpful. Thanks. I always appreciate common sense replacing chemicals.

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Well written and informative Hub...Thanks..

      When I go backpacking I always take a couple of Bounce sheets...this stuff really works great for mosquitos and those pesky no-see-ums...rub em' on your ears and neck, and exposed arms...lasts all day...smells great too...

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      lewgard 7 years ago

      Great hub! I have acres and acres of wetland around me and the mosquitoes are always so bad. It's strange, but in the beginning to the season my mosquitoe bites swell up and itch for days. As the season progresses and I have been bitten so many times, they don't seem to bother me as much. Maybe I build up an immunity???

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      Elusen 7 years ago from Indianapolis, IN

      Very good hub - thank you! This has been a very heavy year for mosquitoes in northern Michigan. There are few things on th planet I despise more - but I like your holistic approach to relling them - thanks again!

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      Eaglekiwi 7 years ago from -Oceania

      Fantastic ,I learned some new info! I moved to SC and they are chowing down on this new blood...I didn't know what struck me ,lol grrrr itch itch

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      llanishen 7 years ago

      You can always use a mosquito net. Make a hole in it and as soon as all the mosquitoes are in the net you could come out and sleep well.

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      ajm5050 7 years ago from NY

      My sister's been having problems with mosquito for couple of summers now, after reading your hub I'm thinking it may have something to do with her bird bath in her backyard. I'm sending this link to my sis now, thanks for the great read.

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      Tuff Kid 7 years ago from Canada

      Considering I live in mosquito city, this will come pretty handy! Thanks!

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      Bloggify 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips

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      freddyjones2009 7 years ago

      Excellent info - Thanks

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      johnson 7 years ago

      super

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      internetboss 7 years ago from india

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      WestVes 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for great post.

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      WestVes 7 years ago

      Thanks a lot for great post.

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      Reed Talonario 7 years ago

      Great info. I've seen both the citronella and marigolds being sold off cheap recently. I might have to go out and grab some if they are still there.

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      lilolladystuff 7 years ago

      Wonderful advice. I have lived many places where mosquitos reign and know how difficult enjoying the outdoors is when they are so bad. I also have an allergy to them and need to use meds sometimes. I sure would prefer the natural solutions. Thanks for this article.

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      cjcarter 7 years ago

      Great article! My family and I always go camping, and inevitably, get eaten alive. Thanks for the info!

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      JPSO138 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Truly a very informative hub. One of the the deadly disease that mosquito bring in our area is dengue fever. The information you have provided will surely be useful.

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      jayb23 7 years ago from India

      Fantastic tips. Bookmarked. This info is really useful

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      Jane@CM 7 years ago

      Very useful information.

      Another trick I use at soccer games is Listerine...spray a bit under my chair and the mosquitoes do not come near me!

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      Jim Farguson 7 years ago

      awesome info.! I live in Miami and they are total pests!

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      Syed Hasan Shahid Bukhari 7 years ago

      Kerryg

      Yours is a very informative and useful Hub ... Congratulations.

      I've made notes, and will share it with others, because out here in the semi-tropicals, mosquitos are not only a nuisance, but also a big health hazard.

      I will be very grateful if <kerryg> can conduct some more researching and give us the receipe for an oil, or a water based spraying mixture, that eliminates mosquitoes from common human surroundings, and ... can be "made" locally by common folks... Such an oil or mixtuture, will help save millions of human lives, particularly in Africa and Asia..

      My Congratulations are also due to HubPages ... For providing a Prcatical and useful Forum, where Ideas and Experiences are being shared.

      shahid.bukhari@gmail.com

      29th June 2009

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      Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

      I have 2 bat boxes behind garage and trees and shrubs attract birds, mosquitoes are not a big problem in the yard, but they can be where the precautions you mention are not taken.

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      Marvin 7 years ago

      keep on rocking hubpage

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      luvnlyf 7 years ago

      Can't remember if this worked or not but back in the islands they used to put coconut oil on us when we were little to help ward off mosquitoes. Great tips!

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      LadyJet 7 years ago from ladyjet@pocketinet.com

      Yes, this is a great source of information, but there's an even easier way. If you make a nutritional shake in the morning with fruit, milk/yogurt, and nutritional yeast (and if you want more protein, you can always add that raw egg) and blend it up with a handful of ice cubes. The nutritional yeast has lots of trace minerals/vitamins, especially iron and B-vitamins and for whatever reason, ticks, mosquitos, fleas, mites won't drink the blood of anyone or any animal who has nutritional yeast in their systems. I give a tsp to my alpacas and my dog/cat and they've never had a tick, flea, mosquito or mite bother them at all. Even the biting flies leave them alone.

      You can only do so much with your own habitat because you can only control your property, but just like the guy who was growing canola and got it polinated by bees (got sued by the seed company and lost). You still have to take care of the insect pests, like mosquitoes, that come to visit from your neighbors. I despise mosquitoes, biting flies, yellow jackets, fleas, etc., so I do whatever I can to keep them away from me. From personal experience, I've found that mosquitoes don't like me since I started drinking my nutritional shakes in the morning--and I've got a lot less stress as well. It took about 4 days before they even stopped dive bombiing me, so I know it works.

      Jet

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      Garrett McLee 7 years ago from Florida

      Living in South Florida, I can attest that this is all great information to keep those nasty little vampire bugs away.

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      jim10 7 years ago from ma

      Thanks so much I hate those pesky little buggers.

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      swaygirl 7 years ago from Southern Ontario, Canada

      I use lemon extract on my skin. Doesn't irritate and works great!!!!

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      iwritegood 7 years ago

      I just rub a little DDT on my exposed skin. It does the trick.

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      Glare 7 years ago from Washington DC area

      Wow, that's some valuable information. I like it when I catch them sucking on my blood.. I'd flex my arm a bit and they explode because I pumped too much blood into them.

      Cheers!

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      clicchic 7 years ago from The Volunteer State

      Very useful...gr8 job!

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      R. E. Proctor Jr 7 years ago

      Great information in a concise package!

      The little buggers also carry the heartworm disease from one infected dog to the other.

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      picudito 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information, it is good to know how to avoid this terrible insects, can never enjoy a nice evening outside my home, thanks again, will follow some of your suggestions.

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      lovemyself 7 years ago

      I think this is the best hub which I have read

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      iamqweenbee 7 years ago

      Thanks KerryG for that uselful information. God knows I cannot stand to have mosquito bites with all the itching and redness and swelling. Ooh! Just uncomfortable to think about it.

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      BetsyIckes 7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      This is great! Thanks for all the info!

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      Santo Palomo 7 years ago

      Kerryg, sure you weren't a misquito in your previous life? You sure do know what bugs us humans. Great info to stop the buggahs!

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      LoriB331 7 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Mosquitos can sure put a damper on any get-together! Thank you for posting a very informative hub on how to keep them away!

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      E. A. Wright 7 years ago from New York City

      Will definitely try massive pre-dusk garlic eating. But I'm not sure I'm brave enough to face a swarm of the buggers without some high concentration DEET.

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      Enelle Lamb 7 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      Guess I'm off to the bedding plant store LOL...thanks so much for the tips I'm certainly going to use them!

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      Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

      When I was visiting Darwin (where mosquitoes can carry dangerous infections), I was in a store looking at insect repellent when the pharmacist said to me, "don't waste your time on those, take these tablets instead".  The tablets were Vitamin B1. 

      They worked like a charm.  I'm one of those people who is normally a mosquito banquet, and when I'm bitten, the bites come up in big red weals.  I didn't get one bite while I was taking the B1.

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      mash malik 7 years ago from pakistan

      hey thanks for the usefull information... it will surely save us from these tiny bugs that irritates us the most!

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      wordscribe41 7 years ago

      Great hub. Gives me a good excuse to do some more planting outside.

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      frogyfish 7 years ago from Central United States of America

      Bunches of great and helpful info here.  Thanks very much! I'm going to have to bookmark it.

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      CarpetDiem 7 years ago from Southern California

      Wow. Great hub! Since I'm a "natural mosquito magnet" I appreciate your tips.

      I'm just not sure what my wife will think about this one:

      "Eating a diet heavy in onions and garlic can make you unattractive to mosquitoes."

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      pradeep_uoc 7 years ago

      Very informative article. Thanks, author.

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      EricStifel 7 years ago

      Wow, I just keep learning more and more about warding off these little blood suckers. I saw a program not long ago with Bill Nigh (not sure on that spelling), the science guy, and he made reference to a potion that was equal parts Witch Hazel and Apple Cider Vinegar with an ounce or two of eucalyptus oil added in, shaken up and spayed with a spray bottle. All natural and supposed to ward off those little pests. I haven't tried it yet, but I keep meaning to.

      Thanks for the great hub, I'll be bookmarking it for sure...

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      my-success-guru 7 years ago from Upstate NY

      Great interesting tips! Take Care

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      Melody Lagrimas 7 years ago from Philippines

      These are very useful tips, thanks. Gotta share this on SU.

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      Cheffrin 7 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      AMAZING!!!! I had no idea! Thanx for the great hub!

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      dsletten 7 years ago from United States

      Great hub. I didn't know marigolds repelled mosquitos! We live in mosquito heaven, so I will have to try some of your tips. Thanks.

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      iamqweenbee 7 years ago

      My grandchildren are a feast for mosquitos. They always say, "Danma, my t-bite hurt" That means...Grandma, my mosquito bite itches. lol. Oh, I feel so sorry for them. I tried this remedy and so far so good. I came back to say that. Thanks

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      Alberon 7 years ago

      Interesting stuff indeed! Thanks!

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      Alberon 7 years ago

      Interesting stuff indeed! Thanks!

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      Kim Garcia 7 years ago

      Ahhh!!! No wonder the mosquitoes don't find my blood tasty...I eat 3 cloves of garlic a day!!LOL!! Great Antioxidant and repellent! Thanks!

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      Meade 7 years ago

      I read somewhere that you can mix up a repellant using

      stuff found in your cleaning closet,I forget the exact ingrediants but there was dish washing soap,lemon juice,epsom salt,etc.you mix it up,put it in one of those garden sprayer type things fill it with water and spray your yard ,patio,or whatever.It will not hurt plants or grass or your pets.And surposedly it really works.Has anyone else heard of this ? Great site by the way,I'm going to get some B-1 today.Thanks

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      Diane 7 years ago

      After reading the hub, I decided to look up some info on purple martins. And, unfortunately the site I found (link below) says that purple martins do not consume mosquitoes. So I'm going to try the bat house instead.

      http://purplemartin.org/main/mgt.html

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      Marty1 7 years ago from New South Wales Australia

      Its commonly known that mossies like tepid water and will breed in saucers below containers. Empty them or put an oil the container such as tea tree or eucalyptus to deter them. Be careful in some asian countries not to get bitten day or night, because mozzies there carry dengie fever

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      Ambition398 7 years ago

      Great Hub! I didn't know marigolds repelled mosquitoes.

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      Forest_Parks 7 years ago from Cairo, Egypt

      Fantastic Tips... Mosquitos love me, so it's important for me to make sure I don't let them breed nearby!

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      reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This hub was great. Although fall is coming on, most of the mosquito repellent plant I already grow. Look out mosquitos

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      kotoh 7 years ago from Chicago

      Great info and tips! I can say goodbye to mosquito after this :) Thanks for sharing anyway.

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      jimcain207 7 years ago from HUMPHREY, ARKANSAS

      Gee. such a good hub. Just had to book mark it. These beasts that I have are the bad boys!! Can't wait to get things in place to repel them. Thanks for sharing.

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      qmama2006 6 years ago

      I will definitely try some of these ideas. My front and back yard are like a swamp without water but pesky miquittos are everywhere.

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      KwameG 6 years ago from MS

      I found this just in time..thanks

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      clemonsgeorge 6 years ago

      Great tips on maintaining a mosquito-free pond. As for personal diet, I think eating lots of garlic and onions will make you unattractive to both mosquitoes and people.

      In addition to keeping predatory animals on your property, I've read about those mosquito traps that can cover up to one acre. They work by luring the mosquitoes with an attractant and CO2 (mimicking humans).

      Here's one I found online:

      http://www.mosquitomagnet.com/store/mosquito-magne...

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      Varenya 6 years ago

      I was just in search of tips like these, many thanks!!!

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      Ron 6 years ago

      Pyrethrum daisies also keep mosquitos away. They can be grown then the flowers and seed pods dried and then pulverized. They are an ingredient in the commercial insecticide Cutter.

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      JIML 6 years ago

      Good info with the exception of the Purple Martin. Don't expect them to solve your problem. A study shown of dietary habits of PM's showed they are high fliers not likely to pluck mosquitoes out of the low lying areas were they reside

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      Margarida Borges 6 years ago from Lyon, France

      very good tips! most of them I didn't know about.

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      Salsamak 6 years ago

      Excellent information will give all the tips above a go as it would be nice to eat outside without mosquitoes bites

      Thank You

      salsamak

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      Grace 6 years ago

      Our yard is a battlefield. I'm hoping some of these ideas work. I don't, however, think that cedar will repel them, since two sides of our yard is nothing but cedars and that seems to be where they are the worst.

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      monique stone 6 years ago

      wow thanks i got so much info from this i really need it because im from mexico and i visit there alot and come back itchy and my mom is a target for the mosquitos! well gracias im gona make a garden and a bird house!

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      adorababy 6 years ago from Syracuse, NY

      I think these info is a must know for every homemaker out there. Mosquitoes can be the least of our worries but they certainly impact a lot when illnesses brought by them affect our household.

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      gajanis786 6 years ago

      very informative and practical knowledge.....thanks for good article....have a nice day.

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      jandee 6 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      Great info. The only vitamin I leave out is B1 which is now on my list so thanks. also raw lemmon on the skin is helpful....also garlic vits are good.

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      joe 6 years ago

      i try this stuff it better work i always get bitten

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      Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

      I hate mosquitoes! Nice article.

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      positivevibestech 6 years ago

      Nature invented the best mosquito control it's called wind. Great hub here thanks for writing it

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      accofranco 6 years ago from L Island

      Now i see the reason mosqs run from me, and my friends would say, your skin is not sensitive, they are biting you...but i am pretty sure they don't...right now i am going to give them a call to tell them i have found the secret why mosqs keep away from me....thank you Home!

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      SUSIE42 6 years ago

      Some good tips, thanks

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I was told in a college nutrition class that keeping enough vitamin b1 in your system changes the smell of one's sweat, and thereby making someone less attractive to mosquitoes.

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      Lisa 5 years ago

      Great tips, Thanks so much, I live in the woods and now I know how to take care of this problem=-)

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      Bob 5 years ago

      This is a very useful site! I recommend it for people in tropical areas where Mosquitos have malaria.

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      simson.d from coimbatore, india 5 years ago

      its really nice information. hope it will useful to all ones who are visit this page. thank you very much for this team

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      carolinemoon 5 years ago

      Very useful hub, great information. Does It still work If you have only one repel plant? Nice.

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      kanav 5 years ago

      really nice information .... thank's a lot i tried it and it really works........... :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice. I live in Florida where the mosquitos are abundant. I appreciate the natural remedies you mentioned. I believe that a person who eats natural will hold less attraction.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      Excellent tips and ideas. We love eating outdoors, but the mosquitos can be a challenge after rainy days. I like the idea of adding catnip. It sounds like it is time to revive my herb garden too! I'm going to bookmark this in my 'home tips' file. :)

      Thanks for sharing / voted up and sharing

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      twodawgs 5 years ago

      I can confirm the results of a garlic-rich diet. I was out golfing one day with on of my besties. She had repellant on and was getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, but I had no repellant (but was including a lot of garlic in my diet), and didn't get a single bite.

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      Corey 4 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Nice tips here. I live in New England and the humidity during the summer makes for a lot of mosquitoes. I plan on adding some of the plants to that yard that you recommended. Especially, marigolds. Thanks for the tips.

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      Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

      Thanks for the great tips on repelling mosquitoes naturally. I planted lavender and lemon balm mostly to repel spiders but I continue to learn of more and more pests they repel.

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