No one likes mosquitoes. Mosquito swarms could ruin your wild outdoor camping/hiking/parties. Trust me, I know it. As a person who loves to spend a lot of time in the wild I find it really irritating when you get bitten all over the body. Just imagine all the itching…. A real pain in the neck.
So today I will share with you some of my tricks to keep the mosquitoes away.
These are home-made repellent recipes for a spray, diffuser, a lotion and something else. All are tested and proven to work.
- First of all is the Lemon Mint spray.
Combine 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol with 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice and 10 drops of peppermint oil in a spray bottle. Spray around the perimeter of your gathering or play area. Bugs don’t like the intense smell of lemon or mint so it acts a natural barrier.
Upside: Things were definitely less buggy, and it added a nice aroma to the yard.
Downside: It’s hard to cover the entire perimeter and you have to remember to respray every hour to keep bugs away.
- Up next is The Lavender-Eucalyptus Diffuser:
Combine 5 drops of eucalyptus oil and 5 drops of lavender oil with 6 ounces of water in a pretty cup and add reed sticks. These essential oils are perfect for deterring flying pests with the added bonus of making your table look pretty. Flip the reeds over every couple of hours to refresh the scent.
Upside: Definitely the easiest of the natural remedies! And the smell is nice and soothing.
Downside: Only covers a small area and doesn’t deter mosquitoes.
- OK, what next? Oh, yes. The Lemongrass Lotion!
Combine 5 drops of lemongrass oil and 5 drops of clove essential oil with 1 cup of unscented body lotion. Mix together in a bowl and transfer to an empty bottle. Lemongrass makes you unappealing to ticks and mosquitoes and cloves can keep mosquitoes away for up to two full hours.
Upside: The lotion actually smells good! No yucky bug chemical scent to follow you around.
Downside: You have to catch the kids every hour or two to reapply. Other than that it’s a winner.
- Last but not least this is a trick that kept the mosquitoes away very effectively. Well, not exactly away but they didn’t bite.
Vitamin B1 as a mosquito repellent!
All you need is to buy some Vitamin B1 and take a pill twice a day. When binding with the blood cells Thiamine (Vitamin B1) “releases” a chemical into the blood stream that acts as a mosquito repellent. Even though it has not been scientifically proven this works for me every time.
Upside: You only need to take a couple of pills a day.
It’s not hazardous for the health in fact if it doesn’t work it will not do you any harm.
Downside: It may not work as well on different people/blood types.
What do you use to keep the bugs away?