So, being desperate and having no lavender oil, I remembered that I did have lavender bed linen spray and I sprayed my exposed skin, smells great by the way. That was last night and I tried it again this morning and I have not a one, none whatsoever, mosquito bites. They haven't even flown around me when I'm outside like they used to.
I used to get bit while covered in Off and the mosquitoes still flew around me and landing on my clothes. I'd never heard of using lavender, but I'm going to use it now. I may even plant some around my house and doors. If lavender oil turns out to be expensive, I'm using the bed linen spray! I buy it at Marshall's or TJ Maxx anyway and it's so inexpensive.
If you try it, I hope you will write in about your own experience!
By metroplex from Houston, TX
At least in my part of the world, this seems to be a particularly bad summer for mosquitoes. Lots of different flowers and herbs are said to repel mosquitoes. Try planting some of the following:
Here are some other tips for keeping bites to a minimum:
Has anyone every tried the homemade remedy for repelling mosquitoes using Listerine? If so, does it really work? I tried it and it didn't seem to work. How is it made?
By Linda from Brighton, MI
It is merely an urban legend that started in emails a few years ago. Though it does contain eucalyptus, its not enough to keep the critters at bay for long. It's temporary relief at best.
Can anyone tell me if mosquitoes hate the smell of lemons?
By D n D from West Midlands
I don't know about mosquitoes, but, lemon quarters stuffed with cloves do repel bugs. Place them on the table when you have an outdoor gathering. Also, pots of basil are suppose to keep flies away from food. Hope this helps
I am looking for hints on what may help in keeping mosquitoes from biting.
Thanks for reminding me of Avon's Skin So Soft. I had forgotten all about it as a great mosquito repellant. Probably because it appears that Avon Ladies are no more. At any rate I haven't seen or heard of any in years - probably due to the Internet Explosion.
I have swarms of flies, mosquitoes, and other flying insects in my backyard. We have tried yard guard and other pesticides, as well as baggies with water, with no results at all. The flies seem to come from the grass. We have moved the covered trash to the back of the yard. I am at a loss, they have taken over our yard.
Vicki from Houston, TX
Have you ever considered installing a bat house on your property? I think this is one of the most economical ways of reducing the mosquito population dramatically.
http://www.quazen.com/Recreation/Ou ... ntrol-A-Bats-Natural-Instinct.724249
Are there any remedies for keeping mosquitoes off me?
By Carolyn B.
Living in Louisiana, the mosquito should be our state bird! : )
For mosquitos to be repelled by you there are a couple of things that work:
* Drink tonic water- The quinine comes thru your pores and repells.
* Avons Skin so Soft- moderately works
For area control:
* Plant "beauty berry" plants
*citronella candles or torches
* dont let any standing water or puddles be in the area. This is breeding/hatching habitat!
* spray safe pesticide at dusk in the area you will bein the evening
Do lime leaves repel mosquitoes?
By Aridegbe M. from Nigeria
I have heard that rubbing arms and other exposed areas with a cut lime or lemon works for mosquitoes. There are other things that work. Vinegar is supposed to work too. I am looking into getting the Cutter Mosquito repellent that has eucalyptus oil in it. I am going to try it this year when we go to the drive-in.
Here is a link that discusses some other repellents that are around the house and easy to use:
Other than a citronella plant what can be used to keep mosquitoes away from humans and pets while sitting outside?
By Colfax from TX
I read a post recently that if you spray Listerine around your area it will keep them away. I have not tried it, but thought I would if I am bothered by mosquitoes
The best and least toxic way to rid your outdoor area of nasty mosquitoes is with Listerine (the original Amber colored kind.) Simply pour the Listerine into a spray bottle and spray the porch, deck or the area around where people hang out. For even larger areas like decks and yards you can buy a gallon of Listerine and spray it with a pump style plant-sprayer. Amber colored Listerine can be bought at Dollar Stores or discount stores like Target and K-mart for under $2 for a large bottle. It's safe to spray around food and kid's play areas! Mosquitoes will stay away for 2 or more days after you spray. You can even spray inside your dog's house to keep mosquitoes away from you favorite friend.
Don't leave home without a small "take-along" bottle of Listerine on family outings & camping trips. Do not spray directly on fine wood floors or furniture. I haven't tried it yet but I bet you could spray the towel or blanket you're going to sit on outside at a sporting event before you go, then slip it into a plastic bag and *PRESTO* no mosquitoes! Now we can actually enjoy summer evenings outdoors without that nasty "toxic greasy" feeling that bug spray leaves on our skin!
By Cyinda from Seattle
You can try it but, it may be a waste of money and yet another urban myth. (04/16/2008)
This is not true. Check it out at the link above. (b)Editor's Note:(/b) The Snopes post deals mostly with the dish soap. It certainly won't kill them for hours but may help keep them away for a while. (04/17/2008)
Use Listerine as a mosquito repellent. My mother told me that she uses the original Listerine as a mosquito repellent for my daughters when she has them camping with them. She just put some in a small spray bottle and squirts them down before they go out to play and so far, they haven't had any bites.
I went to Wal Mart and got the generic brand of Listerine for about $3.00 and got 3 small squirt bottle at the dollar store... one for the house, one for the car and one for my travel bag. I filled all three bottles and still have over half a bottle of Listerine left over. Such an inexpensive way to keep the bugs away from yourself and the family!
By Curvaliscious from Ontario, Canada
By by blondy
Thanks for all your help. Also do you have to use name brand or can you use the off brand stuff which works better? (08/02/2008)
To repel mosquitoes in your yard before a picnic or party, take equal parts of lemon dishwashing liquid, lemon scented ammonia, and lemon juice in a 20-gallon dial hose sprayer. Set the sprayer to 30 and spray entire yard. Be sure to do this early enough the day of the event so the water soaks into your grass. Will not harm your lawn and can be done as often as every 2 weeks.
Put some Listerine in a small spray bottle and spray everywhere to keep mosquitoes away!
By arillas5633 from surrey UK
By Mary T
I reside in Naples, Florida where we have many mosquitoes in the summer, during rainy season. I went to the local flea market and bought a $1 bottle of Lavender oil. I have found that putting a few drops on my wrists, neck, ankles, behind the knees keeps the mosquitoes away. I actually see the pesky insects flying around my legs, but they do not land and bite! I have been using this remedy for years and told all my friends, who also use it.
By Tina T. from Naples, FL