Citronella oil is one of the best essential oil when it comes to repel mosquitoes. You can inject a few drops in a candle and light it up, put it in a spray bottle, or apply it all over the body. Make sure you are using pure essential oil, and not fragrance oil. Many mosquito repellent products "containing citronella" are actually made with fragrance oil which is ineffective and potentially dangerous.
According to the research, catnip essential oil (nepetalactone) is about 10 times more effective than DEET (the compound used in most commercial insect repellents) at repelling mosquitoes. Mosquitoes will fly away but cats will come to you.
The smell of lavender oil and flower is so strong that mosquitoes cant tolerate it. You can add a few drops of lavender on a ribbon and place it around any open windows, or you can spray it around the house.
Neem oil is a vegetable extracted from the Neem tree. It is actually a natural insecticide used on plants so that harmful insects would not want to get near it, and it works the same way on humans. Neem oil can be applied on the skin to keep mosquitoes away.
Garlic has a very pungent odor, and even mosquitoes also agree. Eating lots of garlic, garlic oil would then be released gently from our pores. And this garlic oil can keep mosquitoes away from you. Other way is to crush and boil a few cloves of garlic and pour the liquid in a spray bottle and squirt it around the room.
Grow a Garden
Its a little-known fact that mosquitoes also hate rosemary, tea tree, marigolds, basil and tansy. Keep these plants in the yard and around your porch, they will give off an odor that’s very unpleasant to mosquitoes thus making the insects flying far away
Lemon and Orange Peels
Rub your skin with lemon or orange peels and mosquitoes will find someone else to attack. Not only mosquitoes, even ants also hate the smell, grind orange and lemon peels in your blender with some water and spread the areas you find ants to keep the insects away.
Take a bowl of water and add a tablet of camphor (10 grams) to it. After that place the bowl in the corner of the room so that anyone would not accidentally kick it. You will find the mosquitoes are disappearing. You need to repeat this process after 2 days because the effect of the camphor is fading away. Dont throw the water but use it to wipe the floor as it is a powerful disinfectant.
If you don't have citronella candles, DEET spray, or bug zappers to keep nasty mosquitoes away from you, you can try this very simple solution to repelling the bugs - an electric fan. Place an electric fan (larger better) on the deck would work because mosquitoes are weak fliers. Plus, a fan helps dissipate the carbon dioxide we exhale and reduce body heat - these two have been found to attract mosquitoes.
Although predominately used in cooking, this vegetable oil has an impressive mosquito-repelling powers. It has been extracted from the seeds of a soybean. Soybean-oil-based repellents can protect us against mosquito bites for an average of 94.5 minutes, which is more than any other botanical repellents used.
Bats are the most understood of our garden residents. They have an undeserved reputation for being disease-carrying, dirty little rodents, bloodsucking. Dont let these myths scare you and attract them to your garden. These little flying mammals are impressive hunters of mosquitoes and other pesky insects. According to the research, a single bat can eat more than 600 mosquitoes per hour.
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poetryman6969 on July 25, 2015:
Fans and bats are cool and clever ways to get the biting girls (it is my understanding that only the females bite). I would like to try camphor though.