Summertime brings on the bug bites like crazy. Win the battle against mosquitoes without feeling like you are covering your family with harmful chemicals. I hate mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, chiggers and other biting insects. Make your own natural mosquito repellent and anti-itch sticks that work wonderfully to take the itch out fast when you do get a bite.
Win the Battle Against Mosquitoes and Other Biting Insects
Mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, chiggers, gnats and biting flies can be relentless in the summer. It can make going outside, especially in the evenings miserable. There is a simple way to win the battle against mosquitoes and enjoy your summer without itching all night long.
One of the best ways to win the battle against mosquitoes is prevention. Keep your yard clear of standing water and places for insects to lay eggs and hatch. Standing water is where mosquitoes lay eggs. Also, you can plant mosquito repellent plants like these that help a lot.
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Mosquito control outdoors
There are also natural mosquito control products you can use for your yard. There are pellets you can add to your water sources and beneficial insects you can buy to put in your yard that eat the larvae and keep populations under control.
If you are able to blow a fan on your gathering area, that helps keep flying insects away. There are candles and citronella products that claim to keep them away, but I can’t stand the smell of them. Yuck!
Fleas follow animals so treat your animals and you’ll have much fewer problems with fleas in your yard.
Chiggers like to hang out in tall grass, so avoid those areas to keep from getting bit.
Keep your yard mowed and trimmed and free of debris for less trouble with all biting insects. If they don’t have a place to breed and bed down, you will have fewer of them in general. Again, with other biting insects, you can get beneficial nematodes that will prey on them.
DIY Safe Insect Repellent
I am leery of all the harsh chemicals we have available for our use on our bodies. Most of this stuff can be grown in the garden or bought locally, or you can order it in bulk from Amazon. Either way, using pure ingredients will help protect your health.
You can grow lemon balm, lemon verbena, or lemongrass and pull a leaf off the plant to rub on your skin. I smash the leaves and then rub them on all exposed areas as soon as we get outside and I tend not to get bitten nearly as much.
Mosquito repellent spray for babies and kids
Being able to make my own remedies and help protect my kids and my family win the battle against mosquitoes and itching throughout the summer is so satisfying. I use peppermint essential oil in my bug mosquito spray (which also repels the other biting insects) if I am only using it on adults, but peppermint is less safe for children, so for my kids, I leave out the peppermint.
Natural DIY Mosquito Spray
- ¼ C. Apple Cider Vinegar
- ¼ C. Distilled Water
- 1 Teaspoon Homemade Vanilla See below this recipe for a link to the recipe
- 15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil I use DoTerra brand oils and have much less reactions with my allergies
- 10 Drops Lemon Grass Essential Oil
- 10 Drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 20 Drops Melaleuca or Tea Tree Oil
Mix all ingredients and shake well.
Shake well before each use.
You should always test any product on a small patch of skin before use. Use caution when using essential oils on children.
Bug Bite Stick
- 2 Teaspoons Dried Plantain Leaf
- 3 Teaspoons Dried Lavender Flowers
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Leaf
- 1 ½ Teaspoons Dried Echinacea Root
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 3 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Lanolin
- ½ C. Beeswax
Combine oils with dried herbs in a crock pot and turn on the lowest setting
Leave 2-3 days watching carefully so it doesn’t get too hot. You can turn it off at night.
Strain your oil with cheesecloth or a strainer.
Clean out your crock pot.
Return your infused oil to the crock pot.
Add beeswax and lanolin and stir until dissolved and combine.
Pour mixture into empty chap stick tubes or small tins.
Does imitation vanilla repel mosquitoes?
As far as I have found, the vanilla you use in your recipes needs to be real vanilla. Imitation vanilla does not help like the real thing.
For my homemade vanilla recipe, click on the highlighted link.
Please be cautious when using essential oils or any products on children.
Information shared on this blog is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, and has not been evaluated by the FDA. These are simply recipes that I use.
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