Post # 1
Its my first summer living in Houston, and its SUPER humid and hot! The mosquitos are absolutely out of control (as in, I kill about 5 in the 2 minutes it takes to bring my puppy outside at 7am, and still end up with several bites). I don’t want to have to spray myself all day every day with chemicals, and I really need something that might keep them away from me and the pup for a few minutes when we have to go outside.
Anyone have any recomendations? I keep seeing bracelets, dryer sheets, etc, but it all seems like it wouldn’t really work. Any experience with these? Or maybe some natrual repellent?
Post # 3
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 # 4
thanks! Ill check it out!
Post # 5
as PP said lemongrass essential oil is a great insect repellant. Also try lavender, or cedar oil they work well too.
Post # 6
I’ve seen commercials that OFF makes this clip-on repellant thing. I don’t know how well it works though.
Post # 7
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
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
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
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
Garlic works really well
Also if you keep a dryer sheet in your pocket they stay away. No idea why
Post # 12
Supposedly the dryer sheets actually work. My aunts family swears by them and they spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Post # 13
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
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
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
@UpstateCait: Yes, I was going to say my Mom swears by dryer sheets too.