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Mosquito Natural Repellent Ideas for Organic Mosquito Control

Updated on July 18, 2011
Turns out that citronella repellent candles are not really effective at repelling mosquitoes.
Turns out that citronella repellent candles are not really effective at repelling mosquitoes.

It's about mosquito season again. I dread it every year, especially in the humid south. I'm a human feast for the bloodsuckers (both literally and figuratively).

Now with the West Nile virus to worry about, it's a more serious concern. I have found several mosquito natural repellent ways to help repel mosquitoes naturally.

Information About Female Mosquitoes and Their Bites

Here's a bit of information about these insect pests and their itchy mosquito bites, whether you want to know or not. (I don't want to waste all of my research- ha!)

Anyway, only the female mosquitoes bite. The main thing that attracts mosquitoes to humans is the carbon dioxide gas humans release when they exhale. They also can hunt us down by our body heat and scent.

DEET Insect Repellent Concerns

Like I said, mosquitoes love me, but it's not mutual. I used to spray myself down with mosquito repellents. But after I got older, I got wiser to the potential harm of repellent chemicals such as DEET.

Plus, I saw a video where a young man was at a birthday party. Just a few minutes prior to filming, he had sprayed himself with a Deet mosquito control product for repelling mosquitoes. The video caught the entire episode of the man starting to become disoriented, then start having seizures. The man was rushed to the hospital. Sadly, he died. He had a severe reaction to the mosquito repellent.

I really don't want to take a chance on that happening to me or a family member. So, I have looked high and low for other ways to repel mosquitoes. Here are the few that I have found to be effective, at least for me and my family:

Mosquito Control Basics

Before you buy natural mosquito repellents and mosquito killers, try to avoid getting too many mosquitoes in the first place.

Check around outdoors for any standing water that is collecting. Immediately dump it out. Do this soon after every rain.

If you have something outside where you keep standing water intentionally, such as a pond, be sure to put one of those mosquito 'donuts' in the water, so that it will kill the mosquito eggs. Or add fish that will eat the mosquito larvae.

More Organic Pest Control Steps That Are Effective at Repelling Mosquitoes

We haven't done it personally, but bat houses are very effective at getting rid of mosquitoes. Not the houses themselves per se, but the critters that live in them. If you can build bat houses that will attract bats to set up homes, your mosquito problem will be solved.

Same thing goes for martins. These birds love mosquitoes for snacks! Build martin houses and hope they become your neighbors.

Natural Bug Repellent to Avoid Mosquito Bites

I have used Avon Skin-So-Soft bath oil rubbed full strength onto my skin as a natural way to repel mosquitoes. It seems to work pretty well. My husband mixes it half and half with rubbing alcohol. He says it works better that way, but I think it's too harsh for my sensitive skin. It's also an excellent flea repellent to use on pets, without using the added alcohol.

Eucalyptus Mosquito Natural Repellent Is Great for Repelling Mosquitoes

Use an eucalyptus oil mixture of 1 part eucalyptus oil to 2 parts of a carrier oil, such as jojoba or almond oil. Use high quality eucalyptus oil that has at least 70% cineole. This is one of the best natural bug repellents I've used.

This is as effective an mosquito repellent as commercial products. It lasts for about two hours before needing to be reapplied. I suppose you could even mix it with any lotion you have on hand, although we have never tried that. Mixing the essential oil with aloe vera gel works, too.

If you don't want to make your own natural insect repellant, there is a commercial lemon eucalyptus mosquito repellent that is supposed to be very effective. It claims to repel mosquitoes for up to 6 hours. You can buy it from the link to the right.

Natural Mosquito Repellent for Pets

Neem oil is also an effective natural mosquito repellent, but I wouldn't recommend it for use on humans. The smell is terrible.It works great on your pets, though. They don't seem to mind. And it's non-toxic if they lick it.

There are products available with neem oil to repel mosquitoes and other insect pests, but I have no personal experience using them. They may not smell offensive.

Some Mosquitoes Are Becoming Resistant to Deet Repellent

The link below illustrates why it may be smart to try to start using natural mosquito control methods and natural mosquito repellent to avoid mosquito bites. The dangerous yellow fever mosquitoes are starting to build up resistance to popular DEET mosquito repellants.

Natural Pest Control With Listerine Mouthwash

Spray regular scent Listerine around the area where you will be outdoors. This works very well at repelling mosquitoes for the space of an evening, no matter what certain other websites may claim. I have used this method of natural pest control, and it worked. It seems to repel other insect pests, too, such as flies.

Bringing Out the Big Guns With a Mosquito Electronic Repellent

We finally bought an electronic insect killer called a Flowtron 80 watt size that attracts mosquitoes and other bugs, then kills them. It works best if you start using it early in the season before the mosquitoes can start multiplying too much.

They can protect different size areas, depending on which model you get. Ours is effective for our entire yard, which is less than a 1/2 acre. The model we bought is supposed to be effective for up to 1 1/2 acres. It cost about $90.

We also bought cartridges to use in it that attracts mosquitoes.

Was Buying a Bug Zapper Worth It?

Our mosquito and bug zapper is still going strong. I think it's well worth it. And with the money we've saved on mosquito repellent sprays, citronella candles, and the like, I don't think it was a bad investment at all. Not to mention now we don't worry about heartworm with our pets.

The bug zappers seem to last a long time. We bought ours a couple of years ago, and it still works great at killing mosquitoes and repelling other bugs, too. Now I wouldn't live without one. I have discovered summer evenings again!

A Few Complaints About Using Bug Zappers to Repel Mosquitoes

One negative about the Flowtron mosquito killer is that it needs to be plugged in somewhere. So, if you don't have a free outdoor outlet, you are out of luck.

Also, just like those bug zappers of the 70s, it emits a noise as the insects come into contact with it. It's not overly loud, but it is a negative factor.

And replacement bulbs are costly, but we've only replaced one in two years or so.

The only other thing is that the Flowtron mosquito killer isn't selective about its victims. So it will kill the good critters along with the insect pests that you want to die.

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    • FashionFame profile image


      8 years ago from California

      Very informative hub!! I feel like mosquitoes are in love with me because they bite me vey much. Thanks for information. Would like to join your fan club for more of your writings and would like to invite you too.

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      Debbie Cook 

      8 years ago from USA

      I too get bit by mosquitos - a lot! Avon Skin-So-Soft seems to attract them to me but I will have to try your husband's method.

      I bought a mosquito repelling bracelet late last summer but did not use it. I plan to buy another one this summer. Hopefully it will work while I exercise.

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Nice information. You brought new idea for us. I give big appreciation for you. thank you very much!

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      8 years ago from North Carolina

      bugoff from is one of the best mosquito repellants I've ever used. (I am not an affiliate in any way - but like their other products, too!) I used OFF, etc., for years, with almost no positive results, but the bugoff, made from natural oils like eucalyptus, really made a difference. didn't help much with the deer flies on the golf course the other night, though :-(

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      8 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Oh thanks, we used listerine last summer at our camp out and it worked really well. Also have used skin so soft and it also works pretty good. I like those two a lot because they seem so mild compared to harsh chemicals. Good hub, thanks.

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      8 years ago from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice

      Listerine? who woulda' thought. I hear that people who cook and eat garlic don't have problems with being bit.

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, I'll be using these this summer on my deck!

    • Bob Ewing profile image

      Bob Ewing 

      8 years ago from New Brunswick

      Mosquito season is in full swing here and early this year, thanks to a warmer than usual winter. This tips will help survive.

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      8 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      I need to use these this summer.

      Thanks for the info

      Keep on hubbing!

    • BkCreative profile image


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks for the tips. Last year a couple mosquitoes fell in love with me. It was rough. I must find something natural to repel. Thanks and I'm going to bookmark this for reference, And rated up!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a great help. My son gets eaten by it and it worrying and unpleseant. This is a great tip.


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