Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

Written by on 5/23/2014 9:42 AM in . It has 0 Comments.

 HPM offers advice on mosquitoe repellent

The unofficial start of summer is finally here!  After the rough winter in New Hampshire, many of us are excited to finally spend some time outside only to be driven back in by the mosquitoes.  Bug spray typically works, but there are times when we don't want to smell like an Agway store so instead suffer through the bites and itching.

As we are on the eve of a long holiday weekend and insurance may not be on the forefront of everyone's mind, I thought I would share some helpful tips gathered on natural ways to repel mosquitoes.  Now get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

  • Plant an herb garden:  Basil and rosemary are known to ward off mosquitoes, so put these herbs in container plants around your patio or deck.  You can also throw a couple of rosemary sprigs into your charcoal grill and the scent of the smoke will decrease the number of mosquitoes in the air around you.
  • Lemongrass: Lemongrass may be used as an application by peeling off the outer leaves and rubbing the pulp on your skin, but be sure you are not allergic first.
  • Marigolds and Mums: These flowers can be planted in the ground or in pots.  They look great and have a scent that repels most bugs including mosquitoes.
  • Catnip: Catnip is known to be an especially effective mosquito deterrent.  It is claimed to be better than DEET.  Planting catnip around your yard may help decrease the number of mosquitoes, but I would keep a close eye on the cat, or other pets, for strange behavior.
  • Garlic: Bugs supposedly hate garlic.  You can ward off mosquitoes by either taking a garlic supplement, eating it or rubbing it on your skin.
  • Bats: You can't make a bat live in your yard, but if you could you would certainly have less mosquitoes as each bat eats hundreds of bugs a night.  One way to attract bats is to get a bat house.  For information on where to buy a bat house locally, visit Lumagardening.com.
  • Take your vitamins: Some studies have shown that taking a vitamin B-1 tablet each day can help ward off mosquitoes, gnats and black flies.
  • Don't be smelly:  Try to be as unscented as possible as bugs are attracted to scented perfumes, deodorants, sunscreens and fabric softeners.

Now I have not personally tried any of these methods, but I will be doing so over the next few weeks and will report back on the effectiveness.   Please be aware that these tips were pulled from the internet and other published material.  It is no way intended to be an exhaustive list of all remedies nor can we claim the effectiveness of these methods.  Please always be aware of any thing you put in, on or around your body in regards to an allergic or other medical reaction. 

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