Homemade Mosquito Repellent and Other Cheap Pest Solutions

Summer is a great time for enjoying barbeques, camping, gardening, or even a warm evening on the porch. All these activities can be ruined by the dreaded mosquito bite. With money becoming just as much of a concern as these pests, homemade mosquito repellents have emerged as a way to fight the bite. Here are some tips when you’re looking into homemade mosquito repellent.

The best thing to do to prevent the bite is actually to keep mosquitoes away from your home in the first place. There is no homemade remedy for this, but there are things you can do around the house to lessen the likelihood of mosquitoes. Be sure to always remove stagnate water from around your house. Keep small children’s pools empty and turned over when not in use and drill a hole at the bottom of tire swings to keep water from collecting in it. Mosquitoes are also repelled by many common garden plants, such as lavender, marigolds, catnip, or rosemary.

DEET is an effective mosquito repellant but has many drawbacks. The repellent is known to cause skin irritations and The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that DEET not be used on infants less than two months old. DEET may dissolve some fabrics as well. The repellent DEET is also known to have some harmful effects on the environment. Many homemade mosquito repellents are good for your skin, won’t harm the environment, and work just as well if not better than DEET repellents.

Homemade mosquito repellents are a great all natural alternative to harmful chemical repellents. Homemade mosquito repellents are cheap and easy to make. They smell much nicer than the chemical smell of DEET repellent, and their benefits are innumerable.

Mosquitoes follow the trail of carbon dioxide you leave behind you as you breathe. You can confuse mosquitoes by a burning candle or incense around you as an effective home repellent. Mosquitoes are also repelled by the smell of lemongrass which is a common scent of both candles and incense. Spraying amber colored Listerine outside, near the area where you usually sit, can repel mosquitoes for up to two days.

A quick homemade mosquito repellent that you probably have in your home right now is olive oil. Rub some olive oil onto any exposed skin. Mosquitoes can not penetrate the oil to bite you. The oil also breaks down the outside of the mosquito’s body which will stop them from biting you or anyone else in the future. This homemade mosquito repellent only lasts about one to two hours before you have to reapply.

Certain plant oils also serve as effective homemade mosquito repellents, including lemon eucalyptus oil, basil oil, cinnamon oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil. Lemon eucalyptus oil is recommended by the CDC as an effective mosquito repellent and is known to be as effective as DEET repellent. To make a homemade mosquito repellent from lemon eucalyptus oil add one ounce of oil for every six ounces of water. Be sure to shake the mosquito repellent before each spray and avoid contact with eyes. A few drops of any of the other plant oils can be added to the homemade mosquito repellent for an even more pleasing scent. When using any of these plant oils instead of lemon eucalyptus oil, a more concentrated solution, two ounces of oil for every six ounce of water, is needed.

Another easy homemade mosquito repellent is made by mixing together 2 1/2 teaspoons total of any combination of the previously listed plant oils and 1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol. Place ingredients in a spray bottle with a tight-fitting lid and shake vigorously. To use, rub a small amount on any exposed skin or spray it on to clothing. Shake the homemade repellent well before each application.

Experimenting with these simple homemade mosquito repellent recipes is a cost effective and safe way to protect you and your family from mosquito bites. Try a few out and see what kind of money and hassle you may save.


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