Natural Mosquito Repellent – Do You Use it?

Re-posted from July 2013.

I don’t know what it’s like where you live but here the mosquitoes are horrendous. We don’t like to use chemical laden insect repellents. We tend to rely on a natural mosquito repellent, like our essential oils. I’ve taken to putting the essential oil Purification on at the beginning of my paper route and while it does not work 100%, it does deter many of these pesky creatures. We have also used cedarwood, peppermint and lavender.

Rural Countryside

Mike the Gardener had a little article on what to plant in your garden to repel mosquitoes and I sure wish we had got our lemongrass and marigolds planted! Our daughter did plant a pot of catnip for the cats, which has sprouted. That was more to keep the cats down at the barn rather than at the house – they think they are house cats and try to get inside! But they have a job to do down at the barn – rodent patrol – so we want them to stay down there. Our children love those cats and started feeding them at the patio door and guess where they camped our and hung around? Yep, the patio door! Or any door for that matter. We nipped that in the butt by telling them to stop feeding the cats at the house or the mice would take over!

So do you have a natural remedy to combat the mosquitoes? Have you ever grown your own natural mosquito repellent?

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  1. I need to read up more on essential oils. I’ve heard they can be used for pretty much anything.

  2. I need to do this as mosquitoes as always after me.

  3. I’ve read about the, but haven’t incorporated them in our routine yet. I like to use Skin so soft from Avon

  4. I want to plant a few things to help get rid of mosquitoes. They are horrible.

  5. Tammy says:

    We just use citronella candles around our deck at home. They work well. When we go out we do use something that has deet in it. We haven’t found a natural solution that effectively keeps the mosquitoes away from us. They really like our blood ;)

  6. Angela says:

    I had no idea you could grow certain things in repel mosquitos. I’m going to see what I can do around my screened porch before the little buggers get worse.

  7. Kathy says:

    Hmm…. I am going to look more into this. Mosquitoes love my son and I!

  8. I’ve been hearing about lemongrass lately. Mosquitoes love to eat me alive and I get HUGE welts when they bite :(

  9. Kelsey Apley says:

    I totally was attacked last night from mosquito’s, I have never tried a natural route.

  10. Raijean says:

    I need this right now, geez, they are getting me!

  11. Colleen says:

    I’ve never tried natural but I do need something now that we are closer to the water we have more bugs.

  12. HilLesha says:

    There’s a natural product that I use for this by Organic India. Thankfully, I haven’t had to use any so far this time of year.

  13. Kathleen says:

    I don’t use it, but after the stay we just had at the last campground I might. The bugs were so bad!

  14. Marcie W. says:

    We don’t have mosquitoes here in Las Vegas, so I have never really had to deal with them, but I have heard they are plentiful in the Caribbean, which makes me want to find a solution before our upcoming trip.

  15. I love this idea. I’m sure it in the long run is less expensive than using store bought harsh mosquito killer. Thank you for sharing this bit of information with us.

  16. Angela S says:

    I have a friend that makes homemade mosquito repellent from essential oils and brings it on our camping trips for everyone to use. I don’t know what is in it, though. I’ll have to find out.

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