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Home Remedies For Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes

First Level Mosquito Prevention: Eliminate Standing Water

One of the easiest home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes is to try to position all items on your property so that they do not collect rain water.

Make sure to empty any buckets of water after using them. Mosquitos use standing water as breeding grounds.


Refrain from drinking any beverages that contain alcohol. Drinking alcoholic beverages causes blood vessels to dilate and skin to flush. This can attract mosquitoes.


Another one of the most effective home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes is citronella. Rub citronella oil on exposed areas or burn citronella candles.

Pennyroyal Oil

Rub pennyroyal oil on your exposed skin to keep the mosquitoes away.


Certain plants are used as home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes also. Plant tansy or basil around patios, porches, windows, doors, or other areas that you want to keep mosquitoes away from.

Avoid These

Avoid wearing bright flashy colored clothing, perfumes, hairsprays and other cosmetics. These all can attract mosquitoes.

Natural Mosquito Treatment With Garlic

Many agree that garlic is one of the best home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes. Garlic sprays are available that you can apply directly to your skin as a repellant. They also make garlic sprays that are applied around the home like any other pestacide.

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Home Remedies For Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes

Vanilla As A Home Remedy For Mosquitos

Shelli from Montana writes: "Vanilla extract will help repel mosquitos. Just add some to a squirt bottle and spritz it on your skin, you can dilute it if you want. It works great for infants and it smells good at the same time."

Dish Soap

Nanci from West Palm Beach, Florida writes: "Living in South Florida is like living in a mosquito jungle. I have tried everything there is including a bunch of different home remedies for mosquitos."

"One day I saw a bottle of natural dish soap in the garage and poured it into my palms and rubbed it all over my legs and arms."

"Wow! I didn't get a bite all day. Dawn dish soap and ivory works just as well. I guess the little suckers don't like the taste of soap!"

Bounce Fabric Softener As A Natural Mosquito Treatment

Danna from Vernon, Texas writes: "Bounce fabric softiner sheets are good for repelling mosquitos. Just stick them in your pockets and rub them on your exposed skin.

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Also See Home Remedies To Keep Bees And Bugs Away

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