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Mosquito, NO! Repellents That Actually Work

Posted on June 25, 2015

Bottles with mosquito repellent cream on nature backgroundAre you tired of going inside when the sun goes down just to avoid mosquitoes? It’s time to take back the night. Time to collect lightning bugs in jars, enjoy fireworks without slapping at your wrists and ankles, and look at the moon while you float in the pool instead of looking out for bugs. If your outdoor plans have ever been ruined by these annoying blood suckers then you’re probably on the hunt for a product that will keep them at bay. Below, you’ll find a list of tried-and-true suggestions from real people who said, “Yes, this works.”

Heat-Seeking Nuisance

Experts may have varying opinions about whether mosquitoes are attracted to certain colors or perfumes, but they all agree that carbon dioxide and heat are the two biggest factors. The carbon dioxide allows mosquitoes to find their prey, and the heat off of our bodies lets them know just where to bite for maximum volume. Since we can’t stop breathing or sweating in the summer, we need to find products that will throw the little buggers off our trail.

Create a Landscape Barrier

These plants will mask your scent and make your yard an unwelcome playground for mosquitoes.

  • Catnip
  • Marigolds
  • Horse mint
  • Basil
  • Clove
  • Garlic

Essential Oils

If you want to avoid harsh chemicals found in commercial products, mix a few drops of Essential oils with a Carrier oil for best results.

Carrier Oils:

  • Coconut
  • Sweet Almond
  • Jojoba
  • Baby Oil

Essential Oils:

  • Lavender
  • Tea Tree
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Rosemary
  • Eucalyptus

Over-the-Counter

Although DEET (N, N-diethyltoluamide), the active ingredient in most commercial insect repellents, has come under fire over the years, people still swear by its efficacy. A 2014 review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concluded that DEET, “has not identified any risks of concern to human health, non-target species or the environment.” Popular products include:

  • Deep Woods Off
  • Cutter

Mosquitoes Are Afraid of the Snuggle Bear

Mosquito protection can be found in your laundry room. Dryer Sheets! Rub them on your skin and let a few stick out of your pockets for good measure.

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