There are many different options when it comes to mosquito repellent. We try very hard to keep mosquitoes out of our environments, however there is always a time when we need to use some form of mosquito repellent. Whether you are going for a hike, have a fishing trip planned, or a family reunion in the woods, mosquito repellent should be at the top of your list of things to bring.
Natural Mosquito Repellent Options
The best possibility in natural mosquito repellent options would have to be one that is developed to imitate the scents of those among us that have that special, shall we call it, superpower that keeps the mosquitoes away. We all know that one friend who, after an entire night by the campfire at the river, never gets one single bite. These types of repellents are in the process of becoming reality, however, we aren’t there yet.
Many times the word “natural” is synonymous with the word “ineffective.” The following options for natural mosquito repellent are as follows, and most are supposed to be quite effective. Who wants to be the guinea pig?
- Wear long pants and long sleeved shirts. A given, however, not always practical. And, if you are like me, mosquitoes also love to nibble at my face and neck or anywhere they can find.
- If you are a planner, you can drink a tablespoon or two of organic apple cider vinegar and eat lots of garlic. Some say taking Vitamin B1 once a day can help as a mosquito repellent.
- Tea Tree Oil is a great mosquito repellent and is also a great moisturizer, eczema fighter and fungus fighter. It also helps repel lice, ants, and many other biting insects.
Tea Tree Oil Mosquito Repellent Recipes
Add 2 oz of organic tea tree oil to a small misting bottle and fill with water.
- Make a mosquito repellent soap: Mix 10-15 drops of essential oils of your choice (lemon balm, pennyroyal, lavender, rose geranium) per ounce of liquid Castile soap. Wash with the soap before and after spending time outdoors.
- Add your essential oil to a fruit or nut oil carrier (such as grape seed oil). Just dab the oil on your skin when you know you will be in contact with mosquitoes.
Homemade Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Recipes
10-25 drops essential oil (lavender, rose geranium, coriander seeds, peppermint, cajeput, citronella)
2 tblsp vegetable oil
1 tblsp aloes vera gel
25 drops essential oil
¼ cup water or organic apple cider vinegar
2 ½ tsp of any combination of the following oils (basil, cedarwood, citronella, juniper, lemon, myrrh, palmarosa, pine, rose geranium and/or rosemary)
1 cup 190-proof grain alcohol (available in liquor stores)
Dab or spray mixture on your skin and clothing.
Buy already made herbal mosquito repellent online or in natural food stores. Look for the words herbal, all-natural, DEET-free, non-chemical, non-toxic and hypoallergenic.
Try these natural mosquito repellent brands:
- bite blocker spray, sunscreen, or wipes;
- buzz away natural insect repellent spray;
- california baby bug repellent spray;
- lakon herbals’ bygone bugz;
- aubrey organics gone!
- badger balm;
- kiss my face swy flotter;
- repel lemon eucalyptus repellent.
Synthetic Mosquito Repellent Options
Synthetic repellents have proven to be more effective in repelling mosquitoes than its natural counterpart. You may wonder what each of these ingredients are when looking at the packing in the store. The most common is DEET which has been deemed safe if used properly. It is intended to be used on the skin or clothing and provides protection against ticks, mosquito bites, chiggers and other insects. DEET should not be used between clothing and skin or on damaged skin and should be washed off when it is no longer needed. There are specific instructions when using DEET on children and you should read all caution, warning and directions specific to each DEET containing product.
Icaridin is another common synthetic used in mosquito repellent. It has been reported to be as effective as DEET without skin irritation. You can find icaridin (picaridine) in Avon’s Skin So Soft.