A natural mosquito repellent or spray can be made quickly and easily with essential oils. They are a safe and nontoxic alternative to store bought products that contain many harmful chemicals and additives.
I personally can not use any product that contains synthetic chemicals. I usually have an immediate skin reaction to the chemicals that are in the product. Essential oils are a perfect and harmless alternative. They not only smell great but one can also reap all the other benefits of the oils!
Why is it Important to use a Natural Mosquito Repellent?
Unfortunately mosquitoes do carry viruses and disease, so it is important to try to use something to deter them and prevent biting. But if one does get a mosquito bite then essential oils can help there as well!
What is the Difference between Gnats and Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes, gnats and midges are often mixed up, so check out the section on gnats as well. There is some overlap in the oils that will repel mosquitoes and gnats, but most oils are insect specific. So you may want to make a natural mosquito repellent that repels both!
How do we Keep Mosquitoes Population Down to a Minimum?
Mosquitoes breed in water. Their larvae eggs are either placed in the water or around water to hatch. So the first step is eliminating all standing water around your home or barn as best as you can.
Did you know that Essential Oils can disrupt the Larval Cycle?
Essential oils can work as a larvicidal. A larvicidal is an insecticide that kills larval pests.
Studies have shown that these oils kill mosquito larvae effectively:
Then there are oils that repel and can be used as an insecticidal.
What Essential Oils do I use as a Natural Mosquito Repellent?
These oils work the best for repelling mosquitoes:
So you can see there are quite a few! Add 3-5 drops of essential oil to about a teaspoon of a base oil such as V-6 or jojoba oil. And place it on exposed skin. As a note, please also remember to review the safety and dilution instructions for the individual oils as well.
Note: I have seen articles and books where people are recommending citrus oils such as orange oil. Please know that these oils are photosensitive meaning that once they are applied to your body you shouldn’t be exposed to the direct sunlight for 8-24 hours depending on the oil and the individual.
Therefore they are not recommended for repellents for human or animal use unless you are placing it on your clothing, bedding, etc; and then definitely use them! Or alternatively, put on the bottom of your feet so the citrus oil circulates in your body and is not directly on your skin.
Want to Make A Mosquito Spray?
Make a natural mosquito repellent spray by simply placing the oils in a water base. Use two teaspoons of pure grain alcohol to 4 tablespoons of water with 5 drops of oil.
You may also just put several drops of the oils in with some distilled water as well as I prefer to do. Place it in a glass spray bottle; and shake and spray away! The 1 or 2 ounce spray bottles are perfect for personal use!
Which Oils Make the Best Homemade Insecticides?
From the literature I reviewed, thyme, peppermint, basil and geranium are best as homemade insecticides. And the rest of the oils listed are excellent to use as repellents! Remember to look through the main insecticide section on ways to use your oils to discourage insects around the home, such as making your own insect strips!
Additionally, for the best effect, please make sure you are using therapeutic grade oils. Good quality oils are not only the key to success but ensure that you will not have sensitivity to solvent distilled oils! You will also use a lot less because one is using the pure oil, not a diluted product.
Can using the Oils Prior to Exposure Help Deter Mosquitoes?
Absolutely! If we know we will be exposed to mosquitoes (or other insects) we can start to use essential oils a few days prior. Place them on the bottoms of the feet or take an essential oil or supplement like Longevity.
Just having the oils in our body will deter insects. And this way if you want to use citrus oils such as orange and lemon it is circulating in your body rather than on your skin! Remember that citrus oils are photo sensitive!
Have a Mosquito Bite???
Please see the mosquito bites remedy section!