Great Mosquito Repelling Tips From Around The World

August 2011
If there is one thing people all around the world can agree on, it is finding a way to get rid of mosquitoes! Most of us want to avoid using chemical-based repellents on our loved ones, but are not sure what to use.  
Throughout my research on finding the best natural mosquito repellent that money can buy, I have come across tons of advice from bloggers all around the world who have found alternatives to chemical-based mosquito repellents that are just as effective. I compiled a list of the most popular tips that I would like to share with you….Enjoy!
Mosquito Facts:
There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes in the world and 176 of them are found in the United States.
Male mosquitoes sip plant nectar. Female mosquitoes sip plant nectar and drink blood which is needed to develop fertile eggs. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, warmth and humidity that a person gives off. They are also attracted to certain chemicals in your sweat.   
Mosquitoes are often carriers of diseases, such as malaria, encephalitis, yellow fever, dengue fever, dog heartworm, and the West Nile virus. They spread diseases to more than 700 million people every year. The females, who drink blood, can carry disease from one animal to another as they feed.
Safer Ways to Repel Mosquitoes:
Repellents are substances that help people avoid mosquito bites. They do not kill mosquitoes, but they will help deter them from biting people.
Since mosquitoes can lay eggs in as little as 1/4 inch of standing water, eliminate all standing water around the yard. 
If you have water features, use BTI Mosquito Dunks, which are naturally occurring bacterium that attacks mosquitoes in their larval state when they feed on crystals.
If possible, stock ornamental ponds with fish that prey on mosquito larvae. 
Change water in fountains, bird baths, and wading pools at least once a week.
Avoid going outdoors 30 minutes before and after dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are at their most active. Wear light-colored clothing as mosquitoes are more attracted to the greater heat signature dark clothing provides. Wear long sleeve shirts and long pants.
Keep grasses and bushes trimmed down to reduce daytime harborages.
Oil of Citronella is the active ingredient in many candles, torches, and coils. Only use them outdoors when the wind isn’t blowing.
Plant an herb garden, or plant herbs in pots and leave around your deck or yard. Plant mint (catnip), rosemary, basil, lemon, thyme, peppermint, jasmine, lavender and garlic.
Geranium Citronella plants (mosquito plants) have leaves that smell like citronella. When working outdoors, pick a few leaves and rub them on exposed skin. Place citronella plants near entryway doors.
Plant pyrethrin plants in your yard. Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide derived from the Chrysanthemum flower. Plant castor bean, marguerite daisy, African marigold, and catambre shrubs. Lemon balm plants have very high levels of citronella in their leaves. Crush up some of the leaves and place them around your house and yard. The oils from the crushed leaves will repel mosquitoes.
Spray the perimeter of your patio with Listerine anti-septic mouthwash. Listerine can also be sprayed on your skin.
Mix ¼ cup vanilla with 1 cup of water and apply on skin.
Mix a few drops of peppermint, lavender, and citronella essential oils into lotion. Apply to skin. For children, only use lavender (peppermint can cause asthma-like symptoms). 
Other oil-based repellents are soybean oil, cedar, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and geranium. Cedarwood essential oil is also good but can cause irritation in some people. Catnip oil (nepetalactone) is a great DEET alternative. Do not use lemon eucalyptus oil on children under 3 years. All oils can be found at health food stores.
Thiamin (vitamin B1) produces a skin odor that female mosquitoes do not like. Try wearing the thiamine skin patch, or add extra B1 to your diet by sprinkling brewers yeast to your food.
Put lime juice on your pet’s collar.
Try using neem oil, or switch to shampoos and soaps that have repellent oils (like rosemary, tea tree, and peppermint) in them.
Place lemon or orange peels around your house.
Use Avon’s Skin so Soft. If it is too oily for your liking, mix vinegar with it to thin it out.
Eat garlic, and/or spray garlic oil with a hose end sprayer around your yard.
Wash with carbolic soap (an antiseptic/astringent soap), or soap yourself up with citronella soap. 
Spray Red Cedar Oil Spray on vinyl siding and decks. Try organic Cedarcide.
Use Burt’s Bee’s herbal insect repellent. It contains castor, rosemary, lemongrass, cedar, peppermint, citronella, clove, and geranium oils.
Researchers have yet to pinpoint what mosquitoes consider an ideal meal. The hunt is on to find out exactly what types of compounds and odors people exude that might be attractive to mosquitoes. In the meantime, take some of the advice listed above and enjoy the rest of the summer!
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