If you’re a mosquito magneto, you’re probably tired of having itchy, bumpy skin. People are usually prone to bites due to a combination of scent, light, heat, and humidity. Whichever species you encounter, you can protect yourself without having to use a chemical repellent. If you want to keep the mosquitoes away without relying on chemicals, here are some more natural repellent options.
Thyme has been found to be a highly effective insecticide against houseflies. A 2005 study also found thyme to be an excellent mosquito repellent as well. For a homemade brew, combine four drops of thyme oil to every teaspoon of base oil, such as olive or jojoba oil. For a spray, mix five drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water.
According to a study conducted in Taiwan, cinnamon oil can kill off mosquito eggs. It can also act as a repellent against adult mosquitoes, most notably the Asian tiger mosquito. To make a diluted 1 per cent solution, mix ¼ teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil for every 4 ounces of water. You can spray the fluid onto your skin or clothing, around your home, and onto upholstery or plants.
If you would rather a fresh and minty clean aroma in your bug spray than that icky chemical smell, peppermint is the perfect choice. Peppermint is a natural insecticide that kills as well as repels mosquitoes.
If you love camping but despise using Deet or other chemical bug sprays, pine is your perfect companion. A natural repellent against mosquitoes, pine will also keep you smelling fresh as the forest!
LEMON EUCALYPTUS OIL
Lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved eucalyptus oil as an effective mosquito repellent. You can create your own mixture with one part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel.
Lavender not only repels mosquitoes, but it also heals! You can grow lavender in your outside garden or in indoor planters. Crush the flowers and apply the oil to bite-sensitive areas of the body, such as your ankles and arms. Alternatively, drop some lavender oil on a clean cloth and rub it onto the skin.
Basil essential oil is ideal for summer pest control, especially if you live in a wet climate with lots of lakes and ponds. Basil is uplifting oil, so add some to an atomizer and spray outside for a natural mosquito repellent and a well-deserved mood boost!
** Warning **:
- Use pure essential oils.
- Avoid the use of undiluted essential oils on the skin.
- Keep essential oils away from the eyes.
- Do not use essential oil if you are pregnant.