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How to make natural mosquito repellent

Updated on December 31, 2012
mosquitoes
mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are such pests. The bites are itchy the sound is annoying and in the summer it seems like they are just everywhere. There have been countless summers where I would stock up on bug spray, zappers, candles anything that would make them go away. This would end up costing a lot of money throughout the summer. Then I found out how to naturally repel mosquitoes. There are simple ingredients that are very inexpensive that these pests just cant stand. These repellants are all natural so they wont be harmful to your body or the environment. I even love the way they smell! I hope these mosquito repelents are as helpful to you as they are to me.

Lemon grass essential oils
Lemon grass essential oils

Essential oils

Essential oils can be used as repellants. Not all of them but a lot of them. The very best ones to use are listed below.

  • Lemon grass
  • Pepermint
  • Lavendar
  • Citronella
  • Geranium
  • Thyme
  • Tea tree

All of these do a great job at keeping the mosquitoes away. There are a few different ways to use these oils to make repellent. To water down the oils you can mix them with a carrier oil like olive oil or jojoba oil. You can also use rubbing alcohol. I like to use water in my repellent. What ever you choose to use the first step is to fill a small spray bottle with it. Then add three or four drops of the essential oil you choose for every two ounces of the other liquid. Seal and shake the bottle before use.

spraying
spraying

How to use it

You can spray this repellant on your skin, walls or the area that the mosquitoes are attacking. I like to use this spray when I am out doors during the summer . You can also spray the area you are in some ideas would be like a picnic bench or something on your porch. I also like to spray my doors as a deterrent to keep the pests outside. Another cool trick is to buy candles that already have these essential oils in them. They smell great and they keep the bugs away.

Bats in a bat box
Bats in a bat box
marigolds
marigolds

A few more tips

You can do even more to keep these bugs away. Some other great ideas on how to get rid of mosquitoes is listed bellow.

  • Plant marigolds (they cant stand the smell)
  • Avoid wearing dark clothing
  • Eat a breathe mint (they are attracted to the scent of your breathe) sounds silly but it confuses them a little
  • Plant lemon grass (they don't like this smell either)
  • Set up a bat box in your yard(bats love to eat mosquitoes right up)
  • Try to get rid of any swamp like areas in your yard
  • Keep the screens on your windows and doors.

I would love to hear what you think leave a comment

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    • Brisbanelocksmith profile image

      John Magee 4 years ago from Brisbane, Qld, Australia

      That is a nasty looking mozzie in the first photo. Hope I never run into him!

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      Thanks for the tips, I much prefer natural remedies, and I'm sure they work just as well as the expensive chemical solutions that you can buy.

      (I am sitting here scratching some very itchy mosquito bites on my leg as I read - I should have seen this earlier!)

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Very interesting and informative. I am glad to know how to make my own mosquito repellant. The bat box you can have as bats, in my opinion are as nasty as mosquitos. I don't want bats around any more than mosquitos. It is good to know that planting marigolds and lemon grass will help keep mosquitos away. Thanks for the information. Voted up and shared!