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Mosquito's Gotta Go! Natural Remedies to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Updated on November 26, 2013
Mosquitoes can ruin a nice outdoor event. Photo by: James Gathany, Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Mosquitoes can ruin a nice outdoor event. Photo by: James Gathany, Center for Disease Control and Prevention | Source

Have you experienced a time where your outdoor event was postponed or moved indoors because of mosquitoes?

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Nothing ruins a nice outdoor event than the sound of that first "squealing" buzz. The next thing you know, a swarm is headed your way and ready for your blood! Literally!

Mosquitoes have been around since the beginning of time and were probably as annoying to humans back then as they are to humans today. They suck your blood, their bites itch like crazy, they harbor several deadly diseases, and much much more. Researchers are trying to discover a useful purpose for mosquitoes, but nothing has yet come up in their findings.

Getting rid of mosquitoes is simple and your local store carries several sprays, lotions, tiki lamps, and little clips to hook on your belt strap. You name it. But who wants to spend a load of cash on something that is greasy or sticky when you apply it, looks goofy when you wear it, or you have to refill when it's out? Not this chick! I want to share some home remedies with you (adapted from Shirley Videon's "Little Book of Things to Try" and internet findings) that will save you money and maybe even a greasy application or embarrassing look.

Mosquito Life Cycle and Other Mosquito Facts

Illustration by: Scott Charlesworth, Purdue University
Illustration by: Scott Charlesworth, Purdue University | Source
Listerine is a great source to use as a mosquito repellent.
Listerine is a great source to use as a mosquito repellent. | Source

Listerine as a Mosquito Repellent

We've all seen the Listerine commercials and know that it's some strong stuff! Did you know that it can also be used to repel mosquitoes? Yep! All you have to do is spray your lawn, deck, or deck furniture with Listerine. It's powerful scent will keep the mosquitoes away (and leave the area smelling minty fresh)!

Garlic can be used to repel mosquitoes.
Garlic can be used to repel mosquitoes. | Source

What is your preferred method for getting rid of mosquitoes?

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Garlic Spray Makes Mosquito Spray

Garlic is great for everything! Cooking, vampires, health benefits, and yes, even repelling mosquitoes.

What do you do? Mince a few garlic cloves and let them sit in mineral oil for about a day or so. Next, mix about a teaspoon of oil in a mixture of 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Then strain this mixture through a cheesecloth, pour into a spray bottle. Remember to shake before using. Mosquitoes find the smell displeasing and keeps them from bugging you (no pun intended :) ).

Bonus: It's believed that you can also repel mosquitoes by ingesting garlic tablets or a food that contains a large amount of garlic.

Plants to Plant:

Plant these plants around your home to keep the mosquitoes from invading your personal space. Be sure to adhere to the amount of light exposure needed for each plant.

Full Sun
Full - Partial Sun
Full Sun - Partial Shade
Partial Shade - Full Shade
Marigolds
Lemongrass
Horsemint
Pitcher Plant
Silver Dollar Tree
Wormwood
Catnip
 
Roman Wormwood
Tansy
Rosemary
 
Red Flowering Gum Tree
 
Peppermint
 
 
 
Lavender
 
 
 
Citronella Grass
 
This is a great "green" mosquito spray Photo By: Cheryl of Cheryl's delights
This is a great "green" mosquito spray Photo By: Cheryl of Cheryl's delights | Source

Mosquito Tea Spray

This sounds interesting right? All you have to do is bring to a boil 2 cups of distilled water. Once brought to a boil, remove from the heat immediately and add about 3-4 sprigs of mint (or any of the plants listed above), 2-3 sprigs of rosemary, and 1-2 whole cloves. Cover mixture, let cool, and add to spray bottle. Spray around desired area to deter mosquitoes.

Mixed with witch hazel, vanilla can be used as a bug spray.
Mixed with witch hazel, vanilla can be used as a bug spray. | Source

Vanilla Mosquito Spray

You'd be crazy not to like vanilla! Did you know that when mixed with witch hazel and water, this makes a good smelling and pretty effective mosquito spray? Mix these three ingredients in a spray bottle and spray in desired area. Something about this mixture repels mosquitoes from entering your area.

It's simple and works well.
It's simple and works well. | Source

Soda Bottle Mosquito Trap

Unless you recycle them, your old soda bottles can be used to make a great mosquito trap.

Here's what you need to do: remove the lid of a 2 liter soda bottle, cut it almost in half (making the bottom slightly larger) and place the top part upside down in the lower half (as seen in the picture to the right). Next, dissolve 1 cup of brown sugar in 1 cup of hot water, add 2 cups of cool water, and stir. After this, add 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast and pour in the bottom. Tape bottle pieces together, cover with black paper, and replace sugar/yeast solution about every two weeks.

Dish soap has the same effect as a citronella candle, but less than half the cost.
Dish soap has the same effect as a citronella candle, but less than half the cost. | Source

Dish Soap Repellent

That's right. Good old dish soap can be used to repel those blimey bloodsuckers. Place a few drops in a small saucer and leave sitting in the area you will be occupying. The dish soap acts much like a citronella candle, except no flames and much less expensive.

Homemade Mosquito Repellent Oil

If you're like me and love to burn tealight candles and oil, then you'll enjoy this homemade method. Mix together in an oil burner/warmer 1/2 teaspoon of an essential oil (rosemary, lavender, lemoncrass, citronella, etc.) and 1 teaspoon of water. Light tealight candle and burn in oil burner/warmer. It smells wonderful and keeps the mosquitoes away.

Essential Oil Mosquito Spray

This mixture is natural, but is not recommended to use on small children. Mix 2 tablespoon of castor oil and 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel with about 20 to 30 drops of an essential. Place mixture in a spray bottle and shake to ensure solution is completely mixed. Spray on arms and legs.

Get Rid of the Water

Probably the easiest and best way to insure mosquitoes stay away is to remove any standing water you have outside. Water is breeding ground for mosquitoes. This could be your dog's water supply, water in a bird bath or flowering pot. So if you have any lying around, be sure to dump it out and/or refresh it. No standing water means no pesky mosquitoes.

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