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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 and other insects by their strong smell.
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 Jeannette 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.
Mix blue mouthwash with epsom salts and spray your yard and decks before your next bbq or pool party (or just sitting on the porch) to keep the mosquitos away
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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 Delcamp from Brighton, MI
It did not work for me either. I diluted it at first, didn't work. Then sprayed it full strength, maybe worked for less than five minutes, then had to spray again.
I have tried it and have found that it does work, The key thing to remembe is you want to use the green colored listerene not the goldish looking kind, the ingredent that does the trick is the eucalyptis and th menthol. Other brands work as good likes scope or even generic. Spray as needed on clothing or skin and even outdoor items you will be around, like window sills, chairs, etc. Also works wonderfully on mosquito bites, just add some to a cottonball and dabble on the bite, immediately stops itchig and starts healing quicker too.
I have been using listerine for mosquito for awhile now and I am amazed at how good it works. I would use it at family gatherings, spray my back yard before people would arrive and no one would complain about being bit at all, it really works.
Mix Listerine with fresh squeezed lemon juice....or just rub lemons on you...works wonders..I can't remember what parts but will try to find my recipe and get back to you...Avon Skin So Soft used to work the best...but the skeeters are outgrowing it or it's made different...doesn't seem to work anymore..but lemon feels good and smells good and WORKS...
How do I keep mosquitoes away from you?
By mary babo 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.
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.
Can you get rid of mosquitos in your yard by treating your grass and shrubs with sulfur powder?
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 cynthia from TX
Will mosquitoes come through a window air unit?
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
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
This is a page about homemade herbal insect repellent sprays. Many herbs are natural insect repellents.