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Chemical bug sprays can be toxic. Try these 13 natural ways to repel mosquitos instead next time
Mosquitos are the worst! I'm definitely going to try these methods of repelling mosquitos the next time I'm about to be exposed to them.
D.G. Sciortino
07.03.17

When enjoying the outdoors, the last thing that you want to worry about is getting bitten up by mosquitoes. You may not feel it while you’re out there but the next day you’ll realize that you were the main course at a mosquito buffet.

To avoid all that itchy burn and irritation, you’ll want to make sure that mosquitos can’t get at you in the first place.

Here are 15 natural DIY hacks to get rid of mosquitos:

Natural Oils

You can spray certain oil in the air or pour some on a cloth to get rid of mosquitos to make them stay away. You can also mix the essential oil with some vegetable oil, like olive oil, and use it as a body oil, just make sure the oil that you’re using is safe for your skin.

Try the following oils to fend off mosquitos from your area:

  • Peppermint
  • Clove
  • Mustard
  • Vetiver
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Neem
  • Camphor
  • Holy basil
  • Lemon eucalyptus

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Citronella Candles

Burning citronella oil candles will also deter mosquitos from biting you. Get the DIY recipe here.

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Mosquito Repellent Plants

Having certain plants around, like catnip or marigolds, can ensure that mosquitos stay away. Here is a list of the best mosquito repellant plants.

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DIY Bug Sprays

If you don’t want to put harsh chemicals like DEET on your body, you can make your own bug spray using all-natural ingredients. Here is a list of bug spray recipes.

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Burn Some Pinion

Burn some pinion wood outside of your home as the smell and smoke will keep mosquitos at bay.

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Rosemary on the Grill

Place some rosemary on your barbecue grill. It will make your food taste great and will repel mosquitos.

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DIY Tiki Torch

Add some light to your backyard while keeping the bugs at bay with a mosquito repelling tiki torch.

Red Cedar Mulch

You can lay mulch in and around your garden and patio to ward off mosquitos. You can also boil the chips in water and use the water in a spray bottle to spray areas where you want to keep mosquitos away.

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Repel From the Inside Out

Mosquitos will be less likely to bite you if you eat a lot of garlic or by drinking some apple cider vinegar mixed with water every day.

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Bug Repellant/Sunscreen

You can repel both bugs and the sun with this DIY lotion.

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Coffee Grounds

If you have a standing pool of water on your property you can sprinkle coffee grounds around it and anywhere else to deter mosquitos and cause mosquito eggs to prematurely hatch. You can also drop a burning coal into your pile of coffee grounds to boost the effect.

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Mosquito Trap

Create a mosquito trap to attract and kill mosquitos. The trap will take their attention off you.

Repelling Incense

You can light this special DIY incense made from an insect repelling recipe.

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Dry Ice Trap

Dry ice attracts mosquitos, so you can use this inside a container to trap them. Check out the video to see how to make this mosquito trap.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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Dina is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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