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6 Natural Mosquito Repellents

4. NEEM seed oil, or “neem oil” is extracted from a plant that grows in India. An ingredient in Neem seed oil has also been found to be more effective than DEET by researchers at the Malaria Institute in India. Both the US National Research Council and the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association have confirmed this finding.

5. Lavender essential oil smells great and is a commonly used and effective mosquito repellent.

6. Garlic—eat lots of fresh garlic—mosquitoes can’t stand the stuff.

I mix some of the essential oils into an unscented and natural moisturizer which I rub onto my skin prior to heading outdoors. There are likely some pre-made products with these ingredients at your local health food store.

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4:25PM PDT on Aug 23, 2014

Interesting article, thank you!

4:23AM PDT on Aug 23, 2014


11:29PM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

thank you

11:23AM PDT on Aug 17, 2014

Lemongrass is another great one. It is a pretty garden plant too, so it'll work without application. I keep a mister by the door with lemongrass, pine, sage and peppermint oils added to water. A spritz for the dog and me before heading into the yard works (and my dog smells good too ; ).

11:39PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Great ideas for keeping mosquitoes away without all the harmful chemicals in products such as deet which is very toxic to our health! Thank you!

11:10PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Good ideas, but with eight cats around here, I think I'll skip the catnip :)

1:40AM PDT on Jul 9, 2014

I can't think of a mozzie any more without thinking of Dexter - and the opener to every show with one of the hideous little blood sucking sods biting him.

5:52AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

Hard to get rid of the little biters.

5:41AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014

I heard that Bounce fabric softener sheets keep them away from you also. Don't know if it is true but this article is nice to know.

4:03AM PDT on Jun 29, 2014


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