DIY Mosquito Repellent
Picture a lovely day out with family or friends. You’re enjoying the beautiful weather, until dusk sets in and the mosquitoes come out. Friends and family are swatting and doing their best to deter them to no avail. Everyone gives up and decides it’s time to go home to escape the relentless bugs.
Mosquitoes can cause trouble for every person and most animals they encounter, whether it be itchy red spots from their bite, or illness from a disease or parasite they’re carrying. Here’s 5 simple DIY ways to repel Mosquitoes.
DIY Mosquito Repellent Tricks:
- An Ounce of Prevention
- Homemade Bug Spray
- Build your own Trap
- Grow your own (repellant, not mosquitos)
An Ounce of Prevention
There may be more breeding sites for them in your yard than you think. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water so bird baths, neglected swimming pools, and clogged rain gutters are just a few potential breeding grounds for these pests. To repel them from laying eggs in your yard dispose of old tires, buckets, aluminum cans or anything else that can hold water. If you can’t dispose of an item that does hold water, make sure you empty it out soon after it rains.
Homemade Bug Spray
People are starting to shy away from most chemical mosquito sprays by making their own with Essential oils. In addition to smelling better and being better for your skin than some store bought repellents, making your own is also really easy. There are hundreds of different recipes you can find online.
My preferred mix is lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil or witch hazel. Simply mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower/witch hazel and rub or spray onto skin, voila, natural insect repellent!
One of the easiest DIY repellents you can use is Vanilla extract or essence by rubbing a dab of it to your pulse points. Mosquitoes hate the smell of Vanilla extract/essence, thus they stay away from you.
Build your own Trap
Take an empty carbonated beverage bottle (the bigger the better) and cut off the top of it, just before it starts to get narrow. Pour 1/4 cup of brown sugar into the bottom of the bottle, followed by hot water and give it a quick stir.Let cool then add a pinch or two of live yeast. It’s important you don’t put the yeast in water above 32 degrees C. or the yeast will die. There’s no need to stir once the yeast is in. The mixture creates carbon dioxide with attracts the mosquitoes.
Once that’s completed, place the top of the bottle upside down inside over the mixture. Placing a black cover around the sides of the bottle is said to help attract more bugs.
Grow your own (repellent, not mosquitoes)
If you like gardening, you can grow your own natural mosquito repellent. Many people have been successful at repelling mosquitoes by planting citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, or marigolds around their deck or porch.
If your at home remedies fail but you want to stay on the healthy side of things, try investing in some citronella candles or oil. These tried and true items can be found in most stores when mosquito season comes around, since most have an effective radius of a couple feet, you made need to stock up on a few. Use these tips and tricks to get out there and enjoy the outdoors this mosquito season!