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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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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


1:23PM PDT on Jun 27, 2014

better than chemicals.

7:07AM PDT on Jun 9, 2014

Thinking I should wear some catnip.. I'd be popular with the kitties and the mosquitos will stay away from me!!

4:26AM PDT on May 28, 2014

Very helpful, specially these days I'm preparing to travel...
Thank you so much :)

2:42PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Yey, I alreay use lavender perfume! :)

2:16PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I grow lemon balm in my herb garden. Not only does it smell divine (and you can eat it) but I'll have the kids pick it and rub it on their skin. Also you can put lemon extract in a little spray bottle and use that for a mosquito repellent.

4:53AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing.

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