(Closed) Mosquito repellent ideas? (NWR)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have heard that lemongrass is a natural repellant.  I have not tried it yet, but you can buy it in a misting spray.  Also, grapefruit.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

as PP said lemongrass essential oil is a great insect repellant. Also try lavender, or cedar oil they work well too. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2005

Those Little clip on fan things work pretty good, I used them camping last summer.

Just read the comment above me, that is what I used. I hate the spray too so these were ideal =]

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper

Avoid fragrances/perfumes as they can attract the little buggers. Citronella is one of the best natural defences against mosquitos as well as peppermint oil (smells better than most of the other remedies), eucalyptus oil, soyabean oil and geranium oil. Sandalwood is also supposed to work.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

The CDC recommends oil of lemon eucalyptus. My mom also found these amazing little things, it’s like a wee yellow square bandaid that you put on each ankle and each wrist and they repel all sorts of bugs but that was when she was in Cuba and I haven’t been able to find any here 🙁

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you’re not going to be out too long you could always just spray your pants.  I always try just spraying my clothes first and only go for more if I’m still getting bit.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Garlic works really well

 

Also if you keep a dryer sheet in your pocket they stay away.  No idea why

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Supposedly the dryer sheets actually work. My aunts family swears by them and they spend as much time as possible outdoors. 

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

The original (orange/amber colored) listerine.  Seriously.  Works like a CHARM, is non-toxic AND is super cheap!!!  Plus, you smell fresh 😉

Just make sure you don’t use any of the mint/specialty kinds as they do attract the buggers – original listerine!  I buy the generic stuff — $1.97 at Walmart for a huge bottle!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Burts Bees has a repellent. I believe it is a lemon grass one. It does have a strong smell but works pretty good.

My husband and I go down to the Houston area which is where he is from. He never gets bit but they eat me alive! They leave huge bumps!! They are a different animal down there, that’s for sure.

 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

ThermaCELL is supposed to be awesome.  I’ve read a ton of raving reviews on them from hunters using them out in the forest.  I bought some to try, but the mosquitoes dont seem to be otu in full force like they were last year so I cant say as to how well they work or not.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 1900

@UpstateCait:  Yes, I was going to say my Mom swears by dryer sheets too.

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