10 Natural Mosquito Repellents That Actually Work
Getting seriously bugged by mosquitoes? If simply swatting away mosquitoes didn’t work, you might want to try these 10 natural mosquito repellents that have been proven to be effective.
There are many great things about the summer that we all love. Beaches, sun tans, vacations, ice cream in the park … it’s just pure heaven.
However, there are equally a few things that we hate about the summer. And one of them is that, wherever the sunshine goes, mosquitoes just have to follow.
Sun-loving mosquitoes thrive in muggy, sticky conditions. You’ll find them in countries near the equator, but you’ll also find them in your any country that gets a bit hot. Which means you might find them in your own home!
Getting bitten by a mosquito is not unpleasant in itself – most of the time you aren’t even aware that it’s biting you! However, it’s what happens next that’s bothersome. You know: The redness, the swelling, the stinging, the itching.
As Joseph Conrad once wrote, “the horror! the horror!”
If you need to get rid of mosquitos super quick and enjoy your summer, here are 10 natural repellents that actually work.
Catnip Essential Oil
If you’ve ever owned a feline, the chances are that you’ve heard all about catnip.
Catnip is like a drug for cats. Dab a bit on a tissue and offer it to them, and it will quite literally send them wild with pleasure.
Does catnip have the same effect on mosquitoes? Hmm, not quite. Rather than sending the pesky insects into ecstasy, catnip actually repels mosquitos and sends them scurrying elsewhere to cause trouble.
Catnip has been found to be one of the most effective mosquito repellents. If you have cats, there’s no harm in treating them to a bit once the insect invasion is over.
Lavender has a strong aroma that people either love or hate. Fortunately for us, mosquitoes hate the stuff.
There is just something about the fragrance of crushed lavender that turns mosquitoes away – indeed, it might be the same fragrance that you dislike, too!
However, if you can just about bear the smell, lavender combined with oil is a fab way of deterring mosquitoes from entering your home.
Lavender comes with a bonus. As well as repelling mosquitoes, it can also soothe any bites you already have, thanks to its antiseptic agents.
Like many of the natural mosquito repellents on this list, cinnamon has other benefits that you can make use of once the pests have done a runner. Cinnamon is both healthy and tasty, and makes for a great addition to your bowl of oatmeal, or your cup of tea or coffee.
Where mosquitoes are concerned, cinnamon oil does a good job of destroying the insects’ eggs. It can also deter adult mosquitoes who dislike its smell.
To make your own cinnamon solution, pour four ounces of water into a jug and combine it with a teaspoon of cinnamon oil. Then, dab the solution onto your furniture, your clothing and even your skin. Indeed, anywhere you can think of!
If you haven’t heard of citronella, just know this – it’s found in many mosquito repellents. Why? Because mosquitoes hate it!
Mosquitoes are really averse to certain smells, and one of the way citronella smells is enough to put them off their dinner. And although it has a rather scientific name, it’s totally safe to both humans and your pets.
All you need to do is fill half a bottle up with water, before adding around 10 drops of citronella oil. Shake, before dabbing on places where you think mosquitoes are going to end up.
Organic Soy Oil
Organic soy oil is cheap and works a treat.
If you’re not sure that you like any of the above smells we’ve offered to you so far, you’ll surely love peppermint essential oil.
Peppermint essential oil comes with many benefits. Indeed, peppermint is so good to the human body that it’s even in toothpaste!
It’s a natural ingredient that protects your home against mosquitoes the same way that garlic protects your bedroom against vampires. It’s just that peppermint smells better and vampires aren’t real.
Okay, so the next time you are hanging gloves of garlic around your bedroom to ward off vampires from entering, you should also add any leftover cloves to your cooking. Why? Because mosquitoes can sense when someone’s been eating garlic – and they hate the stuff!!
Thyme is a herb that comes with a super powerful aroma. And this aroma is so powerful that it can repel an invasion of mosquitoes who are up to no good.
You can apply thyme to your skin to avoid being bitten. It works especially well in the outdoors, such as when you go camping. You can also dab it onto your furniture to protect your home from an attack, and anywhere else you can think of.
People who live in countries where mosquitoes thrive in the great outdoors apply thyme to their hair and skin because it’s a fantastic way of protecting oneself against the pesky critters.
If you’ve already got some black pepper in your kitchen cupboard, fantastic. You can sprinkle smidgens of it in places where you know mosquitoes are prone to gravitate towards, or you can combine it with catnip, lavender, neem essential oil and water to turn it into a natural oil and moisturiser that also deters mosquitoes.
Just like you apply sun screen to protect your sun from the giant yellow balls’ rays for a few hours, you should start applying neem to protect yourself from being bitten by a mosquito for a few hours.
Neem is so potent that it an protect you from mosquitoes for around three hours. If you want to (or need to) pop outside to any area you know is rife with mosquitoes, apply neem oil to make sure you don’t return home covered in bites.
Neem leaves can also be burnt. Burning them is a really cool (if dramatic way) of protecting your home from mosquitoes.
Do you know other natural mosquito repellents?
Stay happy and healthy!