I need a natural mosquito repellent recipe.
Lynne from Odessa, TX
I have heard by my neighbor that olive oil on the skin is supposed to be a natural repellent. I have not tried it. She swears by it. (08/24/2006)
Vanilla extract artificial or real. I use it, and I am always the first to be attacked (and have large welts as a result) if I forget to put it on. Just dab on your pulse points, plus it smells great on anyone. If it will stop them in Alaska, it will stop them anywhere.
I still don't know of one for the yard, but I have heard citronella plants, and catnip are great for deterring mosquitoes. (08/24/2006)
The best mosquito repellent available according to studies in lemongrass oil which when applied stopped mosquito bites for 198 minutes. Followed my eucalyptus radiata at 89 minutes. These outdid all major brands tested. Lemongrass actually contains way more citronellol than citronella. I also use this on my pets. To make a great spray mix 20 drops essential oil in a 2/3 water 1/3 alcohol solution, shake, and spray as needed. (08/24/2006)
By Dr Beth
Avon Skin So soft works great. Especially here in Maine. You can get it now in a "spray" bottle. (08/26/2006)
I have heard that hanging a fabric softener sheet from your beltloop or anywhere on yourself repels mosquitoes. (08/26/2006)
I use garlic pills, one a day works great no odor to you, but mosquitoes hate it. (09/12/2006)
Putting a fabric softener sheet in your pocket does no good. You have to rub it onto your exposed skin. it works for short intervals only. (05/21/2008)
I use original Listerine (the amber coloured liquid) on myself and my family whenever we are out and so far no bites at all. It cost me about $3.00 for a bottle of the generic brand and I put it into some smaller squirt bottles. Just spray on your exposed skin and they stay completely away. (07/02/2008)
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