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Anti-Mosquito Natural Repellent DIY Tips (Safe for Your Entire Family)

Just like you, I also love sleeping with my window open at night and not only that, but I adore spending evenings in the garden.

The only thing that can spoil my mood every single time are those pesky insects that sometimes even fall into my tea or bite my skin. I am sure this has happened to you many times.

However, for a few years now, I’ve discovered some natural tricks that not only repel these annoying insects but also don’t affect my health.

Of course, you can choose to use a DEET-based chemical repellent to protect yourself, but these chemicals can be toxic not only to the environment but also to you as well.

Therefore, unless you’re visiting places that have a high risk for mosquito carrying diseases, a natural alternative is the best choice for you and your family.

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Are you making these mistakes?

Before I give you my anti-insect hacks, I must warn you that there are certain rules that you must obey so that you don’t draw all the mosquitos into your home.

Your house should have mosquito nets at every window and door, to stop them from entering your household in the first place.

One or two might still manage to get in, but the rest of the hoard is left outside. This will also keep moths and other bugs from entering inside.

If you have a garden, then you must watch out for water sources, like pots filled with water, buckets, small ponds, birdbaths, etc.

Try the best you can to cover them and replace the water twice a week, because those places are breeding spots for mosquitos.


Use plants not only for their aesthetics.

Placing certain plants at windows, near entrances or terraces can shield you from unwanted pests.

Here are a few plants that you should consider buying to relieve you from this distress:

  • Geranium
  • Rosemary
  • Pennyroyal
  • Basil
  • Marigolds
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Citronella
  • Lavender

You can go to any gardening or flower shop to find more information on how to best plant and keep them for your needs.

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Extra Tricks

You can crush any of the anti-mosquito plant’s leaves and rub them on your exposed body parts. This way the oils and scents contained in them will get on your skin and ward off any attacker.

Attention: Be sure to first check if you are allergic to one of them or not, by rubbing on a small portion of your skin and waiting for a few hours to see if it gets inflamed or reddened.

When using the barbeque, throw a bit of sage or rosemary on the coals to repel mosquitos.


Best DIY Anti-Mosquito Sprays

1. Cheapest DIY Anti-Mosquito Spray

You should use this spray when you get infested with mosquitos. Besides its repellent property, it also has antiviral and antibacterial uses.

For this spray you will need:

  • A 32-ounce bottle of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of dried sage
  • 2 tablespoons of dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons of dried lavender
  • 2 tablespoons of dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons of dried mint
  • At least a 32 ounces’ glass jar with an airtight lid

(This is where your insect repellent garden comes in handy.)

Now, you will need to place all of the contents into the large glass jar, seal tight, and store it in a place where you will have easy access to daily. Why? You will have to shake the jar well for about two to three weeks. After that, strain the herbs out and store in spray or tincture bottles (preferably in the fridge).

If you want to use it on the skin, first dilute it with water (half mixture, half water; 8 ounces in total and add if necessary) and use it whenever you need it.


2. Herbal Armor DIY Spray

For a better smelling variation (although not as potent as the first one), you can use dried herbs. For example, give the mix below a try:

You will need distilled water, witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and dried herbs (peppermint, spearmint, citronella, lemongrass, catnip, lavender, etc.). Now you will have to boil one cup of water (8 ounces) and add 3-4 tablespoons of dried herbs total in any combination from the ones mentioned above.

You can also throw in a couple of dried cloves. Mix everything well, cover, and let cool (by covering, you keep the volatile oils in).

After you have strained the herbs out, mix 8 ounces of water with one cup (8 ounces) of witch hazel or rubbing alcohol and store in a spray bottle. Don’t forget to place it in a cool place.


3. Insects and Aromatherapy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, they don’t go well together. Essential oils contain certain substances that make mosquitos fly away in horror.

In addition, you are in full control because I will teach you a few recipes that will keep you safe from those bothering invaders.

Less expensive and not harmful (unless you are allergic to one of them), this alternative does not only smell great but also has incredible results.

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All that you need for these anti-bug sprays is a spray bottle and the combination of the following recipes:

1st mix:

  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of basil essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (16 ounces)

2nd mix:

  • 5 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (16 ounces)

3rd mix:

  • 20 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 5 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops of peppermint essential oil
  • 20 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (16 ounces)

4th mix:

  • 20 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 20 drops of vanilla essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (16 ounces)

5th mix:

  • 20 drops of rosemary essential oil
  • 10 drops of lemon essential oil
  • 2 cups of water (16 ounces)

Now you can start mixing any of the recipes provided above and apply them to your skin (make sure you test first if you’re allergic to one of the oils or not).

You can even spray the mixture on your clothes or drapes.

I’ve used these recipes for a few years now and gave them to friends and family and they all are very satisfied with the results.

Why wouldn’t you want to be as well?

In addition to repelling insects, these aromatic mixtures have the following benefits:

  • Antiseptic
  • Deodorant
  • Antibacterial
  • Decongestant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Anti-inflammatory

And keep in mind that the properties presented are only from eucalyptus essential oils.

Related: 5 Essential Oils Starter Kit for Beginners


Now put into the perspective the strong combos that you have at hand. Try these for a few days and tell me if you’ve noticed any change.

Don’t forget to leave me with your thoughts about the tricks presented and Hit the LIKE button on your way out.

There are always natural and non-invasive solutions for any kind of problem out there. You just have to be patient enough to seek them.

To your health!

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