How to repel mosquitoes without bug spray?
Catie Brand, Shelbyville
There are a number of ways you can repel mosquitoes without using a bug spray. For example, if you plan to be outdoors for extended periods, you can dress in yellow, white, or other pastel colored clothing. Light hues attract less attention from mosquitoes.
Meanwhile, predatory insects are attracted to dark tones. Shades of black and blue trap more of the carbon dioxide that your body exhales. And if you wear long sleeves and long pants, you will protect your skin from bites.
Another way to repel biting bugs is to burn citronella candles. Essential oils of lemon eucalyptus, lemongrass, and lavender also repel fruit flies and mosquitoes. Run your diffuser with any or all of the scents together.
Or make your own insect repellent luminaries by combining oils, fresh rosemary, and citrus juice. Check out the recipe on this page: https://www.tipsbulletin.com/how-to-repel-mosquitoes/
If you choose to use a repellent on your skin, try oil of peppermint or lavender. While you might need to reapply them more often than you would a commercial spray, you don’t have to expose yourself to DEET or other hazardous chemicals.
Finally, you can put up natural barriers in your yard to help keep out mosquitoes and to make a natural repellent for ants. Plant a mosquito repellent plant like citronella and herbs like basil, lavender, catnip, marigold, and clove around your deck or porch for repelling mosquitoes and other annoying bugs.
I hope these tips let you enjoy your time outside without getting any bites in the future.