Natural tips and tricks for repelling mosquitoes!!

One of the big drags of summer is dealing with mosquitoes. They’re everywhere this time of year, and most repellents out there leave skin coated with a film of icky chemicals

that not only seem questionably safe for kids but smell awful and are
not so great for the environment.
Though most of us have heard of using citronella to ward off bugs, turns out that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of natural deterrents. Here, an
array of pointers to keep mosquitoes away:
Get rid of standing water sources (which is where female critters like to lay their eggs)—birdbaths, wading pools, and pet bowls should be changed
a couple times a week.
There are certain plants that mosquitoes can’t stand the scent of. The list includes catnip, rosemary, citronella grass, lavender, cinnamon, and
peppermint—all good things to keep in mind as you’re landscaping your

Like vampires, mosquitoes are said to be garlic-phobes. Slice a clove in half and rub the cut side on your skin, or mix one part garlic juice with 5 parts water in a spray bottle,
shake, and spritz it on. If you can’t bear the smell on your body,
saturate dish cloths in the solution to hang around your patio when
you’re hanging out outdoors.
Placing rosemary and sage directly onto the coals while you’re grilling can also help keep critters away.

Certain essential oils, like lemon eucalyptus oil, cinnamon oil, and caster oil, are also said to be effective mosquito deterrents. Try mixing 10-25
drops of one of the aforementioned oils with 2 tablespoons of either
olive oil or any other kind of cooking oil to spray on your skin.
Mosquitoes are most active at sunrise and sunset, so try to avoid being outside 30 minutes before and after dawn and dusk.

They’re attracted to dark clothing, so think white/light when you’re getting dressed to spend time outdoors.
Flowery perfumes and soaps also have come-hither effect on mosquitoes, so avoid them outside. Beware of scented deodorants and hair products too.
To create a mosquito no-fly zone, you can also position yourself near a fan to make it much harder for them to land.
Crushed parsley mixed into a bottle of apple cider vinegar is also good for deterring mosquitoes. You can also rub the mixture on your skin, or
soaking a handkerchief in it to tie around your neck.
Bats are a natural predator to mosquitoes (some species are even known to eat a couple thousand in a night!). If you don’t mind them, you can even
buy your own backyard bat house.


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Comment by deZengo on August 1, 2010 at 9:51pm
There are attractive garden plants that repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are horrible creatures that swarm around you and suck your blood. They cause itchy rashes and can carry disease.

The most common way of repelling or getting rid of mosquitoes involves spraying a large quantity of poisonous chemicals in your yard and on yourself. If you are interested in a more natural approach, consider these plants that repel mosquitoes.
Citronella Grass

Citronella grass is, of course, where companies get the citronella oil. This oil is put in candles and lanterns that can be burned in your yard to repel mosquitoes. Citronella grass is actually a tropic plant that grows to be six feet tall, so it might not be practical in the average suburban backyard.

Catnip is an herb that is most commonly used to stuff in toys or feed to cats for their enjoyment. However, the oil from this plant has actually been found to be more than ten times better at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. Planting this plant near your patio or deck will help repel mosquitoes.

This garden herb also has an oil that repels mosquitoes. While they are attractive plants that both repel mosquitoes and can add interest to your cooking, they are truly tropical plants that are not hardy in cold climates. You can, however, grow rosemary in a pot and take it inside in the winter.
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Marigolds have a particular smell that many insects and humans find objectionable. They are a good plant for repelling mosquitoes as well as insects that can attack vegetable plants and aphids. Marigolds are annuals with bright flowers that range from lemon yellow to dark oranges and reds.
Mosquito Plants

There are actually plants on the market that are simply called Mosquito plants. They are advertised as a plant that repels mosquitoes. There are different schools of thoughts on these plants. Some say they do nothing to repel mosquitoes, while other swear by them. More often than not, you can only find them through mail order and internet sales.

While all these plants repel mosquitoes in your yard, you can also make all-natural mosquito repellent from them. Simply crush the leaves or flowers to release the oils and put them in a quantity of alcohol or vodka. Once the mosquito repellent oils have infused the liquid, you can use it just as you would one of the more harmful chemical repellents.

Planting these plants that repel mosquitoes is a great choice for your yard. Not only is it an earth-friendly way of dealing with these pests, it will add beauty to your gardens, and will not jeopardize your health. These five plants that repel mosquitoes are great choi

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