Is there any bug that conjures up more instant revulsion than the mosquito? With more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes in the world, these potent little disease carriers cause havoc everywhere that they go. While mosquitoes are one of the most dangerous insects on the planet, mostly due to the fact that they carry disease, their biggest problem is that they are a menace. Bites swell up and itch for days and that can totally ruin a backyard BBQ. Insect repellent is the way to go but most mosquito repellent options are filled with harmful DEET. Fortunately there is also a variety of all natural mosquito treatment options available that work on your body and around your home. We’ve pulled together a nice little list of mosquito repellent recipes that you can feel safe utilizing.
1. Lemon Eucalyptus & Witch Hazel
The problem with most conventional mosquito repellents is that they are stocked full to the brim with dangerous chemicals that harm both you and the environment. For an all-natural home remedy consider using this easy to make repellent. Merely mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts witch hazel and shake vigorously. After shaking you can either spray this on your skin and clothing or rub it on by hand. This fragrant mosquito repellent will keep most mosquitoes away while doing absolutely no harm to your body.
2. Neem Oil Remedy
If you’ve spent much time in the garden then you know how important Neem oil can be when dealing with pests. Neem oil is an oil that is pressed from an evergreen tree called the Azadirachta Indica. Neem oil is great for a variety of pests, including mosquitoes. If you want to make a Neem oil based repellent at home all you will need is 5 milliliters of Neem oil, 2 milliliters of organic liquid soap, and a liter of distilled water to mix it all in. After these three parts all mixed together you can spray the contents directly onto your skin and clothing. This mixture is completely safe for your skin and can be made all organic if you wish.
3. An Insect Barrier
For this remedy we aren’t talking about a literal net around your yard or your body. Certain pest control companies offer all natural liquid mosquito repellent blends that they spray around your yard and near your home. The barrier stays intact for 14 to 21 days before you should consider another spraying session. These barriers are completely hands free and can hold back nearly 75% of your mosquito invaders. If you don’t feel like dousing your clothing with insect repellent, all natural or otherwise, this could be the answer that you are looking for.