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Mosquitoes are attracted by many things people do, wear, put on themselves etc.
One of the reasons people attract mosquitoes is the carbon dioxide from the breathing. It also seems they are attracted by sweat, scents (perfumes), body odor and also body heat.

Since some people seem to be a mosquito magnet while others around them don’t get a single bite, I have the suspicion that there could be a personal body chemistry factor involved. And that could explain why a remedy that works for one person, may not work for another.

Some Basics for Mosquito Bite Prevention:
  • Wear light colored clothing, mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothes.
  • Keep your body covered as much as possible (including wearing a hat), although mosquitoes can find their way through the fabric – it does cut down on bites.

Home Remedies & Tips:

Vanilla Extract: A few different recommendations for this one, each contradicting the other. Some say to dab Vanilla Extract on your pulse points, others say to rub it all over your skin & dab your clothes. Some say the cheap stuff is what you have to use, others say the real, pure Vanilla is the only thing that will work. Some say to apply it full strength, others say you can dilute it with water and spray it on. Play around with Vanilla to see what gives you best results – there are plenty of believers for this one as a mosquito deterrent so I think there’s something to it.

Garlic: This isn’t a favorite thing to do day-to-day, but if you’re going camping or hiking through heavily mosquito infested areas, try a garlic powder and water paste. Apply to pulse points, behind knees, on shoes and ankles and a dab or two on your cheeks or somewhere on your face and kneck. Remember–keep out of eyes. And maybe stay out of public places too.

Essential Oils: Mix choice of essential oils with rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel, or distilled water and spritz on body or directly on cloth to rub on body (shake before each use). Or add a few drops in baby oil or olive oil then rub on skin. You can also apply drops along a strip of fabric (cotton) and tie around wrist.
* Make sure to avoid mouth and eye areas when using essential oils.
  • Citronella oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Catnip oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Tansy oil
  • Basil oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Cedar oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lemongrass oil
Plants: Break off leaves and crush them roughly, rub them all over your clothes and skin. Toss the bruised leaves around the perimeter of your deck or patio. Also plant these in pots and arrange them around the patio. You could also infuse these in water and then use that as a spray.
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Pennyroyal
  • Tansy
  • Marigolds
Household Hack:

Spray garlic powder and water all over the yard and bushes. Use a fertilizer hose attachment. Will need to be done bi-weekly (approx) or after a heavy rain.

Items to Eat (daily): Apparently the smell that comes out of your pores from a steady diet of the below deters mosquitoes. The items aren’t meant to be combined, they’re just different suggestions.
  • Garlic
  • B1 Vitamins
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Lemons
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replied September 13th, 2008
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Tuck a dryer sheet in a shirt pocket or pockets of pants.....works wonders for me in the garden!
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replied October 13th, 2010
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Rubbing marmalade on you helps too.
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replied July 14th, 2015
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That will draw all the insects right to you, including bees & wasps.
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replied June 20th, 2011
Citronella Mosquito Bracelet
I recommending getting a citronella mosquito bracelet Used it on my last camping trip it worked like a charm.
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replied July 5th, 2011
Myself and my partner took patches on our last trip, no bites in sight Smile
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replied November 8th, 2011
Spray on your mosquito repellent
The best mosquito repellent is the one you spray/spread on your skin. Other pattent may sometimes work, but alwasy for a lesser efficiency in the long run.
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replied October 10th, 2012
I got a bite a couple weeks ago. started itching like crazy. I bit a piece of garlic in half and rubbed it on my bite. instant itching relief.
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replied October 10th, 2012
I got a bite a couple weeks ago. started itching like crazy. I bit a piece of garlic in half and rubbed it on my bite. instant itching relief.
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replied October 29th, 2012
Mosquitos are small but dangerous insects.then you would agree other than that mosquitos can also bring malaria, dengue and more so we as a health concious should be aware of this always.
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replied July 12th, 2013
Wow, this was very helpful!! I am a magnet for mosquitoes.
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replied August 7th, 2013
Thank you for this awesome list! I'm actually a mosquitoe magnet, lol.
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replied February 14th, 2014
I tried various concoctions to apply against biting mites and it didn't work BUT was surprised that the following keeps the mossies away:

200 ml.rubbing alcohol, mixed with pure CINNAMON OIL 10 ml. and packed in a spray bottle and spray on the wrists and arms, a touch on the neck and around the ankles before you go outdoors......there's nothing better !!!
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replied October 20th, 2014
If I'm outdoors at a restaurant and I have nothing I ask the waiter for a lime - it works for me.
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replied May 22nd, 2017
Re: Mosquito Bite Prevention
Astraion wrote:
Mosquitoes are attracted by many things people do, wear, put on themselves etc.
One of the reasons people attract mosquitoes is the carbon dioxide from the breathing. It also seems they are attracted by sweat, scents (perfumes), body odor and also body heat.

Since some people seem to be a mosquito magnet while others around them don’t get a single bite, I have the suspicion that there could be a personal body chemistry factor involved. And that could explain why a remedy that works for one person, may not work for another.

Some Basics for Mosquito Bite Prevention:
  • Wear light colored clothing, mosquitoes are attracted to dark clothes.
  • Keep your body covered as much as possible (including wearing a hat), although mosquitoes can find their way through the fabric - it does cut down on bites.

Home Remedies & Tips:

Vanilla Extract: A few different recommendations for this one, each contradicting the other. Some say to dab Vanilla Extract on your pulse points, others say to rub it all over your skin & dab your clothes. Some say the cheap stuff is what you have to use, others say the real, pure Vanilla is the only thing that will work. Some say to apply it full strength, others say you can dilute it with water and spray it on. Play around with Vanilla to see what gives you best results - there are plenty of believers for this one as a mosquito deterrent so I think there’s something to it.

Garlic: This isn’t a favorite thing to do day-to-day, but if you’re going camping or hiking through heavily mosquito infested areas, try a garlic powder and water paste. Apply to pulse points, behind knees, on shoes and ankles and a dab or two on your cheeks or somewhere on your face and kneck. Remember-keep out of eyes. And maybe stay out of public places too.

Essential Oils: Mix choice of essential oils with rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel, or distilled water and spritz on body or directly on cloth to rub on body (shake before each use). Or add a few drops in baby oil or olive oil then rub on skin. You can also apply drops along a strip of fabric (cotton) and tie around wrist.
* Make sure to avoid mouth and eye areas when using essential oils.
  • Citronella oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Catnip oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Pennyroyal oil
  • Tansy oil
  • Basil oil
  • Thyme oil
  • Cedar oil
  • Tea Tree oil
  • Peppermint oil
  • Lemongrass oil
Plants: Break off leaves and crush them roughly, rub them all over your clothes and skin. Toss the bruised leaves around the perimeter of your deck or patio. Also plant these in pots and arrange them around the patio. You could also infuse these in water and then use that as a spray.
  • Citronella
  • Lavender
  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Pennyroyal
  • Tansy
  • Marigolds
Household Hack:

Spray garlic powder and water all over the yard and bushes. Use a fertilizer hose attachment. Will need to be done bi-weekly (approx) or after a heavy rain.

Items to Eat (daily): Apparently the smell that comes out of your pores from a steady diet of the below deters mosquitoes. The items aren’t meant to be combined, they’re just different suggestions.
  • Garlic
  • B1 Vitamins
  • Brewers Yeast
  • Lemons


Hey,Lighting camphor also help to get rid of mosquitoes.
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replied June 16th, 2017
Mosquito Bite Prevention
Just about everything has been touched on, but one other small thing that hasn't been mentioned here is keeping spider webs up that aren't in your walking path. Spiders kill a lot of mosquitoes along with other annoying insects.

Also most people don't hesitate to kill a dragonfly; but they eat a lot of mosquitoes, so much so that they are nicknamed the "Mosquito Hawk"; so let them live!
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replied October 6th, 2017
Thank you... These home remedies for mosquito bites are very useful for me.
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replied July 12th, 2018
Helpful tips indeed! Can I just add something more on the topic? Some people do not always see or feel the mosquitoes biting them, especially if it happens while they sleep. Sometimes this leads to confusion and panic because people think that they were bitten by bed bugs.
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replied August 31st, 2018
You should be treated by some specialist as fever more than 1 month may cause a dangerous effect on the body and your health. Do some blood test and make sure you are not infected by the bite of some pest. People with the Zika virus disease can have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or a headache. To prevent from such mosquito bite one should contact a pest controller like positivepest.net to get rid of such dangerous mosquitoes.
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