DIY Mosquito Repellents and Tips for the Summer

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Get ready for a spring and summer filled with outdoor activities, minus the annoying mosquitoes.

Texas summers were made to be spent outdoors by the pool. (or indoors with your air conditioning set to 70). Whether you’re tanning, swimming, BBQing, or simply enjoying a beautiful day out by the pool- there’s one thing you can never escape in Houston. What’s that? Mosquitoes!

Pesky mosquitoes seem to multiply just as fast flowers begin to bloom and love damp, wet areas. Do you feel like you can never get away from mosquitoes? That no matter how hard you try, they always find a way to bite the most obscure part of your body? Don’t worry! We’ve compiled a list of DIY mosquito repellants and solutions that are easy to create at home; to keep you and your friends and family mosquito free. It’s now more important than ever to stay protected, as the amount of possible diseases carried by mosquitoes rise. So be vigilant and protect yourself this summer!

Non-Toxic Mosquito Sprays

Combine all materials into a spray bottle and shake before use.

  • Rosemary – Lemongrass
    • 1 ½ tbsp. water
    • 1 tsp. castor oil
    • 4 drops Geranium Essential oils
    • 8 drops Rosemary Essential Oils
    • 8 drops Lemongrass Essential Oils
  • Lavender – Vanilla (Find an 8oz spray bottle)
    • 15 drops of Lavender Essential Oils
    • 4 tbsp. of lemon juice
    • 4 tbsp. of vanilla extract
    • Fill the rest of the 8 oz. bottle with distilled water
  • Eucalyptus – Cinnamon
    • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
    • 5 drops cinnamon oil
    • 15 drops citronella oil
    • 2 oz. castor oil
    • 6 oz. witch hazel

    Expand Your Garden

    An easy way to ward of mosquitoes is to grow some essential, every day herbs! In particular, Basil and Rosemary. They are both herbs that have been known to ward off mosquitoes. Basil and rosemary can also be expensive when frequently purchased for every day cooking needs. So why not kill two birds with one stone? Other herbs that are helpful:

    • Mint
    • Dill
    • Thyme
    • Bay Leaves

    Surprisingly, growing catnip can also help repel mosquitoes. Catnip contains a special nepetalactone essential oil that drives mosquitoes crazy.

    Get ready for a summer of fun- filled with mosquito free outdoor activities. Never will you have to use another store brand mosquito repellant filled with potential harmful chemicals. Chemicals that are both bad for your skin and your pool.