What is the best way to repel mosquitoes? – solutions that work

Dave Campbell

If you are the type of person who just seems to attract all the mosquitoes to yourself, there are some home remedies to repel mosquitoes to help you be more comfortable outside. This will help you not bite so often so that you can feel better about being outside.
If you are just on a porch or sitting outside, have a fan blow some air on you. The mosquitoes don’t like the strong wind and are less likely to bite you.

Get a cheap spray bottle and fill it half and half with mouth wash and water. Spray this to repel mosquitoes. If it doesn’t seem to be working, use less water. Some suggest this with beer as well since it’s such an intense smell mosquitoes don’t like.

Use a fabric softener sheet. Wipe down your skin with the sheet and carry it with you. Be sure to do a test first on your skin to make sure that you aren’t allergic to it as some are. You don’t want to break out on accident because you are reacting to the sheet.


Some remedies don’t work.


Don’t use garlic on the skin. This doesn’t work very well, and it stinks. Even a few days later the garlic residue on the skin will make your sweat smell horrible. In double-blind studies eating extra garlic didn’t repel mosquitoes either meaning that it’s not something that you want to try.

Some suggest having more vitamin B1, but this doesn’t seem to repel mosquitoes either. There is nothing wrong with getting more, but it’s not going to help a mosquito problem.

Be aware that no mosquito repellent protects you from mosquito illnesses. Repellents can fail in certain circumstances so be sure always to protect yourself if you live in areas with mosquito diseases.

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Repelling Mosquitoes Naturally.


Everyone I know is looking forward to summertime. Swimming all day, outdoor barbecues for dinner and sitting outside in the evening to watch the fireflies are the classic summer activities we all love. It’s all perfect and fun until the mosquitoes come along to join you. And I am one of those fortunate enough to have a small bite turn into a big red swollen welt.

Researchers recently found that isolongifolenone deters Aedes aegypti (L.) and Anopheles Stephensi Liston mosquitoes more effectively than DEET in laboratory bioassays, and it also repelled black-legged ticks and lone star ticks as effectively. It can be easily synthesized from inexpensive turpentine oil feedstock, so it’s both cheap and safe. While we wait for this stuff to become available, you may want to check out the oil of Citronella which is also great as a repellant.

You could also use a combo of these oils in grain alcohol and make up your own at home: basil, cedar, citronella, juniper, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rose geranium and rosemary (available at health food stores). If a nasty bug bites you, I have found a direct application of tea tree oil to work. Others have mentioned fresh lemon to me as a remedy and others say-meat tenderizer. I have also heard that catnip, believe it or not, is an excellent remedy for nasty skin bites and twice as effective as DEET. I would love to listen to what works best for you.

The oil derived from celery is, however, the superstar of the natural mosquito repellents, since it was found that it had the same potency as a high concentration dose of a DEET creamy formula. The real benefit of celery oil is that there was no downside. Unlike clove and thyme oils, there was no discomfort encountered using celery oil, and no burning either.

Of course, the best way to fight off mosquitoes is to keep them away from you. This does not directly address the question, so much as help reduce your risk of being bitten. You can use sensible precautions such as a mosquito net, and keeping your skin well covered when you venture out from the safety of your mosquito nets. The other alternative is just not ventured outdoors around dusk as the mosquitoes are most active during this period.


Learn How to Discover Plants That Repel Mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are some of the most annoying bugs that come around during the summer and fall seasons. In many regions, they come in droves and attack us the minute we step outside our door. The bites that they create will affect both our children and us and for some can be irritating and painful.

There are special candles or lamps that you can use when trying to ward them off and to help keep them away from your home – but at times these are not effective as we would like. Why not save money and instead use some plants around the outside of the house – which will help to repel them.




This is a type of herb that many of us recognize when we cook individual food dishes. Did you know that it is also effective at keeping mosquitoes away? Why not grow it in front of your home during the warmer months. In some cases you can grow it in the colder climates – but it has to be in a pot.



This is not just something that you give to your cat when you are trying to give them a treat. Many believe that this is the most potent house fly repellent plant that you can use, and it looks beautiful in the garden. Grow it in the front yard or a pot and watch the blue flowers bloom.




This is another plant that will help to give your garden or yard a beautiful look to it. This mosquito repellent plant can grow in warmer regions and is best in sandy soil.

There will always be times when you will be exposed to mosquitoes. It is not always convenient nor possible to carry the necessary natural creams you have made. One little-known method is to use portable solar mosquito repeller to repel mosquitoes. These use the latest sound wave technology to produce a sound that repels the mosquitoes. Old models of such products often did not function as advertised and that led many to believe that solar products just do not work. With the advancements in technology, this has now come a long way, and it is worthwhile investigating new models of solar mosquito repellents – especially if you have no choice and you must venture outdoors into mosquito-infested areas during the risk times.



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