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Use Listerine mouthwash in a spray bottle. Spray your chair, blanket, and surrounding area. Mosquitoes stay away.
By grmama from WI
While reading your posts about the treatment of bug bites, I remembered a mosquito bite prevention I found out 33 years ago. As a child, I used to get eaten up every time spring and summer rolled around. When I was pregnant with my last child I noticed everyone was getting a lot of bites except for me. I casually mentioned it to my obstetrician and he said it was the iron in the prenatal vitamins I was taking. He said the mosquitoes don't like the smell of you.
I still take regular vitamins with iron (not the prenatal ones) every day. I really don't get bit as much as my family does. The doctor said you may get one or two every once in a while but not like other people. Maybe this vitamin tip has some credence.
If anyone who takes vitamins with iron daily sees this, and has noticed the same thing about mosquito bites, please post a response. It may work on flea bites as well. Do NOT go out and purchase vitamins without talking to your doctor first.
Source: personal knowledge and a tip from my doctor
By grammy123 from Kemp, Texas
Recently, within the last week (7/9/10), someone sent in information about using lavender oil to repel mosquitoes. She put it on her pulse points and hasn't gotten bit. I'm a desperate woman and can't find anything that works, except products with Deet in it.
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
I have been using Avon's Skin So Soft for many years in the summer to repel mosquitoes when I golf or work in the garden.
I eat a clove of garlic and dab a few drops of patchouli oil on myself and am not bitten by mosquitoes. This will last for three days on me. I have tried without patchouli since I eat garlic anyway. The bugs bit me. Perhaps one must be a hippie or live alone in the woods in order to use this happened-on concoction but shucks, it works for me and lasts for days.
By Brady from Dripping Springs,Texas
This is a guide about homemade herbal insect repellent sprays. Many herbs are natural insect repellents.
This is a guide about mosquito repellent plants. Some common garden plant are natural mosquito repellents.
This is a guide about using citronella to repel mosquitoes. Many people use citronella in some form, such as candles to repel mosquitoes.
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How do I keep mosquitoes away from you?
By Mary from AZ
Try Avon Skin So Soft. For some reason mosquitoes don't seem to like it
Go to the pharmacy & ask for a bottle of citronella. Then before you go out put a dab on exposed skin. I live in Virginia where they are really bad. I have lived here 19 years and this has always worked for me.
If you are into Avon products, you can use skin so soft it repels bugs or I also have found that if you use dryer sheets and tie on your clothes it also repels bugs.
Place a dryer sheet in your belt loop. It's supposed to stop mosquitoes from bothering you.
Try a Bounce fabric softener sheet. People who are outdoors a lot like mail carriers, golfers,etc. put one in their pocket to keep all the insects away.
There are a ton of recipes on this site, but I've been experimenting with one i found;
1 cup flat Coors beer (i used light miller genuine draft beer and i don't think it matters, but maybe further experimenting will prove wrong)
1 cup epsom salts
1 cup Listerine mouth wash-ONLY the brown, original kind. i used generic store brand.
mix it up really, really well in a spray bottle because I didn't know that the epsom salts take a while to dissolve. so i filled my bottle (I ended up trying three) and the bottle promptly wouldn't spray; undissolved epsom salts clogged the stem of the sprayer.
once they dissolved i had no problem spraying it.
I spray it in the area where I read in the back yard.
it does kill other things too. it doesn't seem to effect gnats and gnat-like bugs, but we have a lot of strange bugs in Texas.
For gnats and their other flying relatives, I'm using the apple cider vinegar and lemon Palmolive (only the lemon) dish washing liquid is supposed to work. I put it outside in a plastic plate and while i got a few gnats, mostly i got a moth and these weird beetles we have in Houston, Tx USA. (This recipe and others like it are on this site).
Bouce dryer sheets, Avon skin so soft, Avon sos plus rubbing alcohol, Avon sos and water all didn't work for me for some reason.
There's another one I'm still test driving and that is vanilla extract on my pulse points. I might have had a little luck, but I might just be wanting it to work.
One recipe says it should be mixed with alcohol or water, I can't remember, but will try both.
Then there was Caress soap that was recommended. I bathed in the shower gel, no luck. I wet the bar itself and smoothed soap and water on my skin, no luck.
Bounce sheets didn't work, but then I found out on this site that they have to be the original scent. Will try it again.
I bought one of those mosquito fans you attach to your belt or just lay it close to you. You turn it on and the fan sprays mosquito repellent around you, not a mist or anything just the fumes. The repellent disks fit into the fan. it's about as long as my hand. I don't think it works really really well though. I've been using it since it came out. Eats absolutely eats batteries, but then I'm outside using it a lot too.
Anyway, good luck and if you have good luck with a recipe would you please be kind enough to post it?
I live in Northern Saskatchewan, and I will tell you that mosquitoes laugh at Skin so soft and Bounce sheets.
If you want to use a repellent, you need to get one with a high concentration of Deet. I use Deep Woods Off. In the green or blue can. Regular Off in the orange can does not have a high enough concentration.
If you wish to use something to keep them away from your campfire or picnic spot, you can use mosquito coils, which are partially effective, or for something that really works, the Off Lantern that has a candle and a small "repellent mat" that is heated by the candle and gives off a repellent OR you can get a Thermocell which heats the mats with a butane cartridge. The OFf lamp is good for patios and such; the butane burner Thermocell is good for taking into places where you don't have a flat surface to set a candle.
Other products DO NOT WORK. Citronella candles or spraying listerine or whatever is a total waste of time. If those products do keep away mosquitoes, likely waving your hand idly or the occasional slap will do as well. Don't bother.
I am allergic to mosquitos and I have tried EVERYTHING. The ONLY thing that works for me is OFF or Cutter and it MUST be DEEP WOODS. Avon, Bounce and cintronella do not work for me. Luck!
Please use natural alternatives even if they don't work perfectly rather than Deet! About a couple of decades ago I used to go fishing 'a lot' and tried using Deet one summer and mid-way in to the Summer I started having breathing problems and weird body nervous sensations that happened only when using it. As soon as I stopped using it those things stopped but I believe to this day that breathing the chemicals in the Deet were part of the road to my current Emphysema :-(
Here are a couple of links of information regarding Deet and one of them has sound alternatives:
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
Try sprinkling diatomaetous earth allover your yard. This will take care of everything. Also you must have some smell that is attracting the flies. If you have pets clean up their mess.
I had a fly problem and someone told me to plant Rue. A very ugly herb, however it works. I planted several plants around door and sidewalk and no more flies. I also have a couple of Mosquitoe Plants in front yard. Seems to help keep them down some.
One of my neighbors years ago had an ultraviolet lamp that they hung in the yard (and possibly turned on only at night). It made a lot of buzzing sounds at first, but a few weeks later, there were less and less bugs to be zapped.
Buy some fly paper rolls at the grocery store. They are 4 rolls in a yellow package. I can't remember the brand name but they are cheap, about $2 a package. You unroll the strips and hang them up. be careful not to touch the paper, its reallllly sticky. They have something that attracts flies. They work very well. When they get full just throw them away. I dont like smelly sprays and bait and these have no odor. I have put them up in my kitchen also when the flies are really bad.
What i do & it does work pretty good for me --- i spray the yard with soap water & any standing water i spray soap water in it. It stop the mosquitoes lava from hatching too. I use soap water for everything. It does work well on every bug you see. When the soap drys up on the the bug or what you want too get rid of they just start too die. I do put a little more soap in then i am suppose too use, but it works even on hornets & wasps. If you can catch the cabbage butterflys spray them too. Once a week i spray all my veggies with this. Hope it works for you.
Our yard is the same way. The only thing I do is wear bug repellent, sorry
My yard is also being attacked by flies. It's disgusting. They get in the house and we keep a clean house but it sure doesn't look like it with all the damn flies.. I wish I could get help on why.
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.
Are there any remedies for keeping mosquitoes off me?
By Carolyn B.
I am looking for hints on what may help in keeping mosquitoes from biting.
Other than a citronella plant what can be used to keep mosquitoes away from humans and pets while sitting outside?
By Colfax from TX
Will mosquitoes come through a window air unit?
They shouldn't be coming through the unit itself but probably around some cracks in the window where it is set.....review your window and see if you have openings. They can be tiny and re-seal the area around the unit carefully.
I agree. They won't be coming through the AC but in through a little opening where it isn't sealed properly.
Does anyone know if the menthol plant repels mosquitoes?
What can I do about gnats and mosquitoes? I know there are some plants.
Will vanilla work to repel mosquitoes, lice, and no see ums?
By SBH from TN
Do lime leaves repel mosquitoes?
By Aridegbe M. from Nigeria
What herbs and/or spices should you burn while barbecuing to repel mosquitoes?
By Ruthanne T.
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
Too many mosquitoes kissed me. Help!
By Maggie M. from SH, China
What is the aromatic smell of lanzones that can repel mosquitoes? Does it smell pleasant?
By Jesse G. from Baguio City
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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
Thanks for sharing this tip with us. I live in south Georgia and we, too, have a lot of mosquitoes, during the rainy season especially. I will try to find some lavender oil for myself. Thanks for sharing this with us and God bless you. (11/21/2008)
I hate the idea of putting DEET and other chemicals on my kids' skin so I went looking for natural alternatives. I found a recipe that listed several herbs that are mosquito repellent. I chose lemon balm and lavender and made my own repellent by chopping the herbs, putting them in a plastic jar (cleaned out mayo jar) with apple cider vinegar. I let it soak for a week, shaking the jar once a day, then strained it into a spray bottle. I works (and smells!) great. I have no doubt that lavender oil alone would work if strong enough. (11/21/2008)
Thanks for the tip. I live in Bonita Springs but I work in Naples. Lavender is much more tolerable than OFF spray.
Happy Thanksgiving (11/22/2008)
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.