When I think back on my childhood summers, I can just smell lake water and lemonade… and bug spray — the toxic, repugnant smell of bug spray. I always hated the stuff, but I hated the mosquitoes even more. But now I’ve discovered three new ways to repel them, without smelling like a walking chemical factory.
Pure vanilla extract is said to repel mosquitoes, but only if it’s at 50% concentration. The synthetic vanilla substitute will not work, however, so while you’ll still smell nice, it won’t keep the bugs away.
If you have lavender growing in your yard, this is a cheap and easy way to be rid of mosquito attacks. Just rub the petals on your wrists and neck, and the insects will be repelled. Lavender oil or extract works as well, if you don’t have access to a lavender plant.
3. Lemongrass Oil
Essential oils like peppermint and clove in general will drive away insects, but I’ve seen lemongrass recommended the most. None of these solutions are great for hard-core roughin’ it in the wilderness, but do nicely for a walk in the park or lounging on your porch. Plus, it’s like a two-in-one perfume!
Lovelies, how do you combat mosquitoes? Would you try these natural methods?