4 Ways To Be Repulsive (To Mosquitoes)

Mosquito Repellent

4-Ways- to repel mosquitoes

 

Well gang it’s that time of year again – the skeeters are getting bad. Be your family’s hero this year as you take a stand and fight for a summer of no itching.

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What Attracts Mosquitoes?

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Ok so basically Mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide we exhale and other things like lactic acid that comes from sweating. Pretty much everything that comes with being outside in the summer. But have no fear you can repel them. Or should I say repulse them? Kind of like when you find a nasty hair in your food. (Yeah I see your lip starting to curl) So Let’s take a look at some of the most effective ways to do this.

The commercial repellents work by blocking the receptors in the mosquito that tells them where we are and does so for a long period of time. In layman’s terms – “They hate the smell.” So how can you skip the harsh store-bought stuff and make your own mosquito repellent. Here’s some ideas.

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4 Ways To Be Repulsive (To Mosquitoes)

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1. Plant Repellent For Your Entire Yard

Mosquito Repelling Plants

According to Mike Podlesny over at Mike The Gardener Enterprises, the five plants shown in the picture above each give off their own unique scent which can throw off the sensory perception of mosquitoes. Sort of like playing Marco – Polo. (They can’t find you). If you have the space in your yard it can’t hurt to try right?

 2. Natural Mosquito Repellent Mix

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Combine in a 16 oz bottle:

  • 15 drops lavender oil
  • 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Cup lemon juice.

Directions:

1. Mix all of the above ingredients in a spray bottle and fill the rest up with water.

2. Spray Away

3. Make some extra to gift to your family & friends. (Trust me.. it’ll be appreciated!)

3. Nature’s Lavender Mosquito Repellent

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  • Ingredients: Fresh lavender (the flower)
  • Cost: Free (if you have lavender growing in your yard); otherwise Home Depot sells the plant for about $12

Directions:

Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck. Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.

4. Commercial Repellents

best selling insect repellents

If you’re looking for the best lotions, potions, and plug-ins to keep any and all pests away this season checkout these best sellers to get an idea of what is working best for others.

Amazon’s Best Selling Insect Repellents

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What Works Best For You?

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I want to hear from you guys now…

Do you have a different secret recipe for repelling mosquitoes?

Do you look for natural or commercial repellents?

Leave a comment below and be sure to share this with others that have to fight against these blood sucking demons. (Ok, maybe I had one too many cups of coffee hehe). 

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