Using Natural Mosquito Repellents

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Although most mosquito repellents (especially those that contain DEET in them) work extremely well at repelling mosquitoes (and other insects), the toxic chemicals used inside the spray make using them unattractive to certain people.

For example, a pregnant woman who doesn’t want toxic chemicals getting into her system might choose to use natural mosquito repellents instead, as might a dog owner who doesn’t feel comfortable spraying toxic chemicals onto his dog.

So what other choices do you have to using potentially toxic insect repellent?

As scientific research has shown, electronic mosquito repellers have been proven not to work.

cartoon mosquitoOne option is to wear insect repellent clothing. This is basically clothing that’s been covered in a special form of bug spray (that’s perfectly safe on the skin) that keeps insects away.

But what if you still want to use bug spray? Fortunately, non-toxic, natural mosquito repellents do exist, and they can be created at home (given the right products).

Natural Mosquito Repellents

Natural mosquito repellents are now readily available to buy almost anywhere you’ll find ‘regular’ insect repellents.

What kinds of ingredients can you expect to find in a natural insect repellent? Here’s rundown:

  • Lemon eucalyptus oil
  • Citronella Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Geranium Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Cedar Oil

As you can see here, natural repellents contain lots of different plant oils, that, when mixed can repel every kind of mosquito.

Products containing these natural ingredients listed above WILL repel mosquitoes, but they do require frequent reapplication (every two hours is good) to work effectively.

Natural mosquito repellents (such as ‘Bite Blocker’) can be found on or in most good pharmacies.

Note also that just because something is natural, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s totally safe. For example, your natural mosquito repellent might contain a natural plant oil in it, but some people react badly to certain plant oils.

Whenever using insect repellents – of any kind – remember to read the label and follow the instructions carefully to avoid negative results.

What Are Mosquitoes Attracted To?

By understanding the things that naturally attract mosquitoes we can learn to avoid them whenever possible. Alternatively, we can use these things as a form of bait to lure mosquitoes away from us.

  • CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) – Giving off carbon dioxide will attract mosquitoes. We usually give off the most CO2 when we’re hot and sweaty (e.g. after working out). To flip this around in our favor, try burning a candle (as flames give off carbon dioxide) to lure mosquitoes away from you.
  • Natural Fragrances – Mosquitoes are attracted to floral and fruity fragrances – the kind that can be found in fabric softeners, shampoos, certain sunscreens and perfumes and colognes. Avoid using these in the presence of mosquitoes.
  • Dark-Colored Clothing – Because of the way mosquitoes’ vision and target selection process works, you’ll stand out a lot more and become a much more likely target if you’re wearing dark-colored clothing.

Related posts:

  1. Do Electronic Mosquito Repellers Work?
  2. Mosquito Bite Relief – What to Do When Bitten By a Mosquito
  3. Insect Repellent Clothing – A Detailed Look
  4. Travel Health Advice – Vaccinations, Health Problems and Natural Hazards

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