Natural Mosquito Repellent

More than ruining your backyard BBQ by whining in your ear and driving you mad with itching, mosquitoes also spread disease to more than 700 million people every year. Mosquitoes are attracted to combinations of scent, light, heat, and humidity; repellents work by masking tasty chemical cues. While you could coat yourself in DEET or other chemicals, under normal conditions there are some natural and chemical-free ways to protect yourself against bug bites.

These library resources (Naturally Bug-Free and Homemade Repellents) offer simple remedies for safe, effective bug repellents that can be made at home from all-natural ingredients. Stay off the mosquito’s menu with these natural repellent recommendations from Healthline.com:

  • Lemon eucalyptus Oil
  • Lavender
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Thyme Oil
  • Greek Catnip Oil
  • Soybean Oil
  • Citronella
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Geraniol

In addition to non-toxic repellents, there are other measures that keep mosquitoes away:

Fans: Mosquitoes have wings, but they are weak fliers so even the slightest breeze is too powerful for them. The wind generated by fans can cut the risk for bites because mosquitoes are prevented from landing.

Clothing: Long-sleeved shirts and pants can keep bugs from landing and biting. Mosquitoes love to bite wrists and ankles; tucking your pants into your socks and wearing a shirt or top with elastic wrists can help keep them from getting to vulnerable spots.

Time of Day: Avoid going outside at dawn and dusk. Mosquitoes are especially active first thing in the morning and around sunset. Stay indoors at these times of day and you’ll cut down on bites.

Standing Water: Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in still, freestanding water. Be sure to keep your yard or outdoor space clear of standing water. Some nesting hotspots are puddles on pool covers, drain pipes that collect water, clogged gutters, bird baths, old tires, toys, and buckets.

Healthline. January 24, 2017. 10 Natural Ingredients That Repel Mosquitos. https://www.healthline.com/health/kinds-of-natural-mosquito-repellant
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