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      Homemade Mosquito Repellent

      To control mosquitoes in your yard, add 8 oz. of baby shampoo and 1

      12 oz. can of beer to a 20 oz. hose-end sprayer.

      Spray the lawn,

      shrubs, areas near the house where people gather or children play.

      This will last several days if it doesn’t rain.


      Mosquitoes can be very irritating, especially if you have sensitive

      skin and do not want to use a chemical based mosquito repellent.

      Fortunately, several natural remedies exist to keep those pesky bugs

      at bay.

      Garlic may not be the first thing you think of when considering

      natural mosquito repellents. However, rubbing a pinched garlic clove

      over exposed skin has been effective for some people. Consuming

      garlic, in food or supplements, can work as well. This may also keep

      away annoying neighbors and vampires.

      Some people have also had success with eating lots of bananas. The

      small variety, sometimes called ‘lady fingers’, seems to be best.

      Even if this doesn’t keep mosquitoes off of you, you will at least be

      improving your health.

      Conversely, many believe that eating high-potassium foods cause you

      to release more lactic acid, which attracts mosquitoes.

      Others have found that a homemade tea repels mosquitoes quite well.

      Cut the leaves and stems of cat mint and rosemary, then mix with a

      cup of boiling water. After letting it steep for about an hour,

      refrigerate. Advocates of this tea keep it in a spray bottle so they

      can mist themselves with it later.

      Certain plant oils also serve as effective mosquito repellents. Lemon

      eucalyptus oil, castor oil, cinnamon oil, and peppermint oil are just

      a few of these.

      To keep mosquitoes away from your yard, try planting marigolds or

      rosemary. Mosquitoes do not like how either plant smells. Plus, the

      rosemary has an added benefit – you can dry it and use it in cooking

      year round.

      Another addition to your yard is a citrosa plant. These plants are

      genetically engineered to emit that lovely citronella smell. Tests of

      this plant showed that mosquitoes actually land on the leaves, so it

      is not a particularly effective repellent yet. Perhaps a new

      variation of the plant will be introduced in the future.

      Kelly in IL

    • #453794

      I use sunscreen and add a few drops of citronella oil in a container, shake it together. Haven’t ever had a problem and you have your sun protection as well! I also do this with my favorite moisturizer if the sun has gone down or I’m not outside.

    • #453795

      this is a great idea, thanks for sharing!

    • #453806

      Marigolds? I try that!

    • #453809

      used yard guard and it didnt work, hope this mosquito repellent works hate getting bit

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