Organic insect repellents are the safest way to protect yourself against mosquitos and other biting insects. Even though they can be quite pricey, this should not stop you from using them. You can make organic mosquito repellent at home with simple ingredients found around your house. Apart from mosquitoes, these homemade organic insect repellents can also protect you against other insects such as midges and ticks:
- Citronella oil: Citronella oil has been the most popular natural ingredient used in mosquito repellent for many years. You can make your mosquito repellent by mixing ten parts water and one part citronella oil. If possible, use an atomizer to spray this homemade organic remedy around your house and garden (be careful not to spray it directly on plants). You can also apply some of this mixture to your clothes for maximum effect. One problem with using citronella oil as an insecticide is that mosquitos quickly become immune to its effects.
- Eucalyptus oil: Mosquitos hate the smell of eucalyptus oil and will quickly move away from an area where it is applied. You can make your organic mosquito repellent by mixing ten parts water and one part eucalyptus oil (if you live in a humid area, use five parts water). If possible, use an atomizer to spray this homemade natural remedy around your house and garden (be careful not to spray it directly on plants).
- Peppermint oil: Like citronella, mosquitos also hate the smell of peppermint. Mix one part peppermint oil with nine parts water and apply it around your house if you wish to keep mosquitos away.
- Lavender oil: Mosquitos also hate the smell of lavender, making it a potent natural insecticide. Mix one part lavender oil with nine parts water and apply it around your house to repel these biting insects.
Many essential oils can be used for this, such as tea tree oil and catnip oil. Other items you may find useful include garlic powder, spearmint leaf, or rosemary leaves (chopped up). Suppose you use any of the ingredients mentioned above to make a homemade repellent spray; make sure to shake well before spraying. It is best to apply it on your clothes rather than skin when citronella oil or eucalyptus oil is used as the active ingredient. Also, avoid inhaling it, especially if peppermint oil or lavender oil is used as the active ingredient.