If you live in an area of the country that gets hot, chances are, you’ve tried a dozen different mosquito repellents to keep from getting bitten.
Every summer, I look ridiculous with all the bug bites. I step outside, especially after dark, and I’m getting munched on. My arms and legs are covered in bites and this year, my face is under attack as well. Then there are the ones that manage to follow you into the house and bite you while you’re sleeping.
Most over-the-counter mosquito repellents don’t work (in my personal experience). The ones that help a little are packed with all kinds of chemicals I don’t feel comfortable applying to my skin. You spray it on your skin and that’s immediate access to your bloodstream.Most over-the-counter mosquito repellents don’t work, they often are filled with chemicals too!Click To Tweet
The Friend Who Never Gets Bitten
Everyone knows a person who never gets bitten. You’re lighting citronella candles, rubbing yourself down with countless foul-smelling concoctions, and slapping yourself randomly.
Meanwhile, they sit over there sipping their drink with a shrug. “They just don’t like me, I guess.”
I wish they didn’t like me…but it got me thinking. What makes me delicious to a mosquito? Since Google is my friend, I got to work researching.
7 Things Turning You into An All-You-Can-Eat-Buffet
- Hot Blood: Some researchers thought mosquitos loved a good Type O blood type and the tasty scent it gives off. However, more research has determined that it’s your body heat that draws them. When your blood warms up (being outside or exercising) and is closer to the surface (neck, forehead, wrists, ankles, and elbows) it brings the vicious critters zooming toward you.
- Carbon Dioxide: Exhaling tells mosquitos that the human version of a food truck is in their neighborhood. Holding your breath isn’t going to work. People who are pregnant, overweight, or larger naturally emit more CO2. Adults give off greater volumes of CO2 so are more likely to be bitten than children and pregnant women are twice as likely to be bitten than non-pregnant women. Consider a safe, natural mosquito repellent that’s safe for everyone!
- Smelling Pretty: All the scents you use – from shampoo to perfume – are a blinking neon sign to mosquitos. All these smells are unique to humans and make it really easy for these thirsty bugs to find you. If you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, consider skipping perfumes and scented body lotions for the day.
- Smelly Not-So-Pretty: Mosquitos love a good sweat and bacteria cocktail. If you work out and run errands or hang out with friends before heading home to shower – your body has time to mix up something delicious for mosquitos. When you exercise, you release lactic acid through your pores but sweat that’s “fresh” (eww) isn’t as attractive.
- Dark Clothes: They generally scent out their prey (rather effectively) but dark clothing during the day makes you stand out against the horizon and makes it easier for them to find you. Consider lighter clothing to make it a bit harder. Also, wearing longer sleeves, pants, socks, or close-toed shoes helps (even though it’s boiling outside).
- Moving Around: Yeah, I know! These blood-suckers are relentless! Anyone who’s gone hiking on a hot day can attest to the flood of mosquitos. During a hike, you have all the perfect things happening for a mosquito feast. Body heat, lingering body smells, higher carbon dioxide output, and maybe even some dark clothes. Make sure you use mosquito repellent or that’s going to be one awful outing.
- Time of Day: Prime hunting hours for these buggy vampires are dusk to dawn (naturally). If you have a barbecue planned for a nice summer evening, make sure you do whatever you can to limit mosquito invasion.
You can’t be discouraged! There are some natural and effective ways to limit (or eliminate) these determined feeders.
Home Tips to Lessen Mosquito Invasion
- Get rid of stagnant water where mosquitos breed
- Plant lemongrass, basil, mint, or rosemary around your yard
- Use screened enclosures where possible
- Use mosquito netting over cribs and strollers
- Light geraniol candles instead of citronella (they’re 5 times better)
- Cover all exposed skin in natural mosquito repellent (recipe below)
These bugs aren’t going anywhere and they’re more prone to carry disease now than ever before. They’re not just annoying. In many areas of the world, mosquitos are actually deadly.
It’s important to take mosquito protection seriously for your health and the health of your kids and pets. Here is a natural mosquito repellent you can make at home (in large quantities) that’s less expensive, more effective, and safer for topical application than many products you see on store shelves.It’s important to take mosquito protection seriously for your health. #mosquitorepellent #naturalClick To Tweet
Natural Tick and Mosquito Repellent
- 6 ounces witch hazel
- 6 ounces coconut oil
- 4 ounces castor oil
- 10 drops cinnamon oil
- 30 drops eucalyptus oil
- 30 drops geraniol oil
- Makes approximately 2 cups of natural mosquito repellent.
- Combine all ingredients in glass jar and shake well.
- Pour in spray bottle for application outside. You may need to place in warm water if mixture starts to solidify, or you can place in direct sun for 15 minutes until all ingredients are well-blended again.
- Reapply every 3 hours for best results. Avoid contact with eyes.
Don’t let mosquitos ruin your summer! Yes, they’re out to get you but you can camouflage yourself with a few simple tricks!
If all else fails, smack it!Don’t let mosquitos ruin your summer! Make a natural repellent and be itch-free all season!Click To Tweet