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How To Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

Mosquitoes are very unpleasant, not only do they keep you awake buzzing around your head but when you finally fall asleep in spite of their buzz, you wake up badly bitten and have to deal with the itchy bites for several days.

How to keep mosquitoes away naturally?

You can keep mosquitoes away using tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is a natural deterrent; its strong aroma deters not only mosquitoes but also other bugs. It is so strong that it’s enough to put a few drops on your skin.

Sounds unbelievable?

Sure, you can always go for chemical sprays or ultrasonic pest repellent plugs but I’m not keen on sleeping in the same room with any devices like that. Nevertheless, if you ask me if I’m ready to try any plant, spice, or essential oil, here I am.

So I’m sharing with you my experience with mosquitoes. Whether mosquitoes, gnats or no-see-ums, they all like the same: us and our pets. And they hate the same smells. Like tea tree oil.

What all is Tea Tree Oil Good For

I’ve been using tea tree oil for various purposes for years. One is for pimples, if I get any occasional one on my face or on my neck, I just put a drop of tea tree oil on it and it heals quicker.

Tea tree oil is famous for being a natural disinfectant so that’s the reason why I use it on any problems with my skin.

I also use it sometimes on my scalp, when it’s itchy and dry and it helped me to grow my hair really long as I described in this article How to make hair grow faster naturally. I don’t have any particular problems with my hair and scalp but some shampoos do not get along with me. This little bottle does wonders in this sense.

If you want a good organic Tea Tree Oil, this one is 100% pure and natural:

TEA TREE OIL by Handcraft

My Experience With Mosquitoes in Spain

Let’s get back to mosquitoes, or better to say, my experience with insect repellents.

Let me tell you about my experience in Spain. I’m not a fan of chemical repellents so last year when we decided to go on a trip to Spain in our camper van, I bought a lavender plant and thought it would help. Well, it didn’t. At all.

When we parked our van in quite a nice place under a bridge, we didn’t notice there was a small brook nearby. When the sun starting to go down, maybe at around 5 p.m. the little beasts started to feast upon us like crazy.

So we locked the van and set off to find a pharmacy to buy some insect repellent. With my limited Spanish, I managed to get one, that was (actually still is, as we still have it at home) quite strong but unfortunately, it contains N-N-diethyl-m-toluamide, known as deet. It may be harmful, cause skin irritations, etc.

We didn’t have any health issues using this repellent but I prefer natural options and in spite of me having no success with lavender, I still would try everything natural.

Health should always come first, that’s my motto.

Tea Tree Oil As A Magical Repellent

We don’t live at any lake or river and usually don’t have many mosquitoes in our house or around. And there are any, they usually get my boyfriend. The reason why I think he’s tastier for them will be explained just a few paragraphs below.

Having tea tree oil at home, I accidentally found out that when I use a drop or two on bug bites on my legs and arms, I don’t get bitten again at night even if there is some buzzing before I turn the light off. The tea tree oil must smell really horrible to the little bastards that they don’t feast on me anymore.

So I just put a few drops of tea tree oil behind my ears and on my wrists before going to bed and I’m safe. In my case it’s sufficient but if we lived in an area flooded with mosquitoes, I would use it in a bigger quantity.

Here is a video with an experiment where you can see the tea tree oil in action.

Brewer’s Yeast – Internal Deterrent

Another good protection, but from the inside, is eating brewer’s yeast on a regular basis. It’s actually the vitamins B, in particular thiamin, that are supposed to protect you from bugs when you are saturated with them. But vitamins B from pharmacy rarely contain ALL vitamins B, while brewer’s yeast does. It’s a natural source of many trace minerals as well and I’ve also found out it’s supposed to repel fleas and bugs from dogs so I occasionally give a bit of it to our dog, adding it to her dry food.

I’m not saying that consuming brewer’s yeast will save you from the little creatures buzzing around your head and body completely, but every little helps. And it’s especially useful when you are with someone who doesn’t consume it or is vitamin B deficient – and many people are nowadays!

I mean, when I go for the evening walk with my boyfriend and our dog, he’s always the one who gets bitten. He doesn’t consume brewer’s yeast and is not very concerned about nutrition just like probably most men.

So that’s my experience with natural repellents, free of chemicals. Both tea tree oil and brewer’s yeast are completely natural. Pure essential oil and pressed yeast, can’t cause any harm and you don’t have to worry.

Citronella Candles – Great For Outside

When spending evenings and nights outside in your back yard or on your terrace, you can also use citronella candles. Citronella oil is an essential oil obtained from the lemongrass plant and it is a well-known fragrance that repels mosquitoes and bugs. It’s an ingredient in many commercially sold insect repellents. In many cases, it is combined with other ingredients that are harmful but there are also some organic repellents containing citronella oil.

I love citronella candles, and you can find some with a pretty design that will also make your patio or back yard look great. These look really nice:

Organic Deet-Free Repellent Sprays

There are also some natural mosquito repellents that are deet-free and safe. BUZZ AWAY EXTREME is one of the best chemical-free insect repellents as it contains only natural ingredients: Citronella, Geranium, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Peppermint, and other oils. It’s free from harsh chemicals, artificial preservatives, and toxins. Safe for kids as well.

Another very good organic repellent is BUG SOOTHER. It repels not only gnats but also sand fleas, black flies, mosquitoes and according to Amazon customers, it can even defend against fruit flies and fleas. Considering the ingredients, that’s pretty impressive, all in all. It is all just natural: purified water, Glycerin, Castor Oil, and vitamin E blended using Soy Lecithin, (a natural emulsifier used in foods), Lemongrass 100% Pure Essential Oil, blended with vanilla for an amazing scent that we love, but bugs hate.

BUG SOOTHER is organic, deet-free and you can spray it all over from your head to your toes to secure a safe night for yourself.

What’s your experience? Do you have any special “recipe” on how to keep mosquitoes away naturally?

13 thoughts on “How To Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally

  1. I live in a country that is very hot and mosquitoes are a big problem here. I have the blood they seem to like so I get bitten often.
    Your article has been very helpful and informative in ways of prevention. When I have been bitten I use the Aloe Vera plant to stop the itching and reduce the swelling. Prevention is better than cure.

    1. Aloe Vera is such a nice plant to help with almost every skin issue.
      Yes, prevention is always better and if you are one of those who the mosquitoes find exceptionally tasty, vitamins B might really help. It’s something I’ve found out recently and it seems to work well.

  2. Hi, Lenka,

    I seem to attract mosquitoes everywhere I go, whether it’s my back yard or the woods. You described them perfectly: they’re little bastards! lol

    I also prefer natural remedies. I’ve also tried lavender as you mentioned but it didn’t help much. I’ve been using those little spirals you put by your side, but I don’t like the smell. I didn’t know about tea tree oil, but I’ll give it a try.

    It’s worse when I go fishing with my cousins. Mosquitoes are like a plague. They even bite me on my shirt.

    Thanks for your suggestions. I’ll keep them in mind.

    1. I was going to try the spirals, my friend told me about them but she said they didn’t work on her.
      Fishing and being near water is always the worst. You are right, they are like plague!
      I hope the tea tree oil helps you, it’s worth trying!

  3. Well I grew up in South Africa and the worst of it all is that some nights during the summer it was around 40 degrees celsius and it will not cool down during the nights at times. We would find ourselves unable to sleep and as a family in the swimming pool at midnight as a result.

    When you eventually do try to go to sleep then you cannot possibly sleep under any bed covers at all and will wear as little clothes as possible with the windows wide open. The problem however is that if you have the windows open that the mosquitoes will be streaming in.

    You then had no choice but to cover yourself with at least a bedsheet, but your head would still be exposed and the buzzing around my ears will drive me crazy. Out of desperation I did sometimes even cover my head with the bedsheet too but this was very uncomfortable and it will not stop the buzzing around my ears. The mosquitoes we had were incredibly hardcore and disrespectful and would not think twice to bite you in the face if they can find nowhere else to bite you due to the rest of your body covered up with the bedsheet.

    I had 3 half baked strategies:

    Step 1: Switch the light on, take my pillow and kill those little bastards one after the other splattering their guts against the wall.

    Step 2: Have a fan blow on me throughout the night as mosquitoes do not like moving air that much.

    Step 3: Apply mosquito repellent.

    Why I called it half baked solutions, is that it certainly did work to a degree but it still did not exactly guarantee me from not getting bitten.

    I do love tea tree oil and do use it for other applications from time to time, but never considered it as a mosquito repellent. I will certainly experiment with it.

    Can you expand on the brewer’s yeast consumption theory please? I don’t fully understand as yet how what you consume influences whether mosquitoes are interested or less interested in biting you? Is it because the mosquito sense/smell this in your blood and do not like the smell perhaps or does it perhaps manifest in your perspiration?

    1. Thank you very much for sharing your experience, Schalk! Sleeping (or rather trying to sleep) in that hot conditions with lots of mosquitoes buzzing around must have been horrible. I’ve never been to any extremely hot country so I don’t have this experience yet.
      As to the brewer’s yeast, I’m planning to write a special article on that topic because it’s not very well known and in my opinion it’s one of the best yet cheap supplements regarding quantity/price ratio. Not only does it contain all vitamins B and many other trace minerals like zinc, manganese etc., but it also has other benefits. I’ve been consuming it for years.

      Only recently I’ve found out that people report giving brewer’s yeast to their dogs to repel bugs and fleas. One of my friends started to give it to her dog instead of the special collar for this purpose and she says it works. I haven’t tried it with our dog, she still has the collar but I give her the brewer’s yeast now and then.

      The reason why it deters mosquitoes is also documented and confirmed by science.
      It is because when you consume it, the odour of brewer’s yeast secreting through pores is repulsive to mosquitos.

      A study was performed by California State Science Fair, you can find it here:
      http://csef.usc.edu/History/2010/Projects/J1321.pdf

  4. Oh my, very interesting article, Lenka…and the comments are also a source of some good stuff.
    I have very sensitive skin and mosquitoes seem to love the taste of my blood…lol. I have used coconut oil and it helps a bit but can get a bit greasy.
    I have never heard of Brewers Yeast and this was an interesting bit of information for me. I will have to look into it. In the summer, these pesky fellas show up, and good grief, I simply can’t take their buzzing or their bites.
    Thanks for the tips.
    Michelle

    1. I’m glad you found the information helpful, Michelle. I used to suffer more before I found these remedies, now it’s more my boyfriend who suffers when mosquitoes are around 🙂
      The Brewer’s Yeast is very underestimated nowadays as we have so many supplements, and some of them quite expensive. This is natural and cheap and has so many benefits.

  5. I must agree with you on the fact that mosquitoes are just so annoying and can make a hell out of your day or night, what annoys me the most is the buzz and the bite. I like tea tree oil and this is because it is a natural product, it is very versatile in what it does and it is very effective as a repellent, that’s really good to know of, I’ll give it a try soon.

  6. I think this is quite a discovery for me. I never knew that I can use tea tree oil to fight mosquitoes. I live in Africa and I know that we use very strong insecticides to get rid of mosquitoes. That s why I have been searching for a mild or natural solution to help get rid of mosquitoes.

    So, I am pretty grateful to find out about the tea tree oil and citronella candles. I have citronella plants and I guess the next step will be to learn how to make candles from them.

    Thanks a lot!

  7. Mosquitoes are really a cause for concern, not only do they harbour diseases and transmit them, but they also cause pain and can make your home inconducive, and make you not be able to get adequate sleep due to their sounds and bites. Artificially made insecticides are always very harsh and have a very pungent smell, natural mosquito repellents are always the best 

  8. Normally I tend to use aero sprays to fight mosquitoes inside the house. Now that I think of it, such sprays contain substances that can be harmful to one’s health and it really takes time to accurately apply them. Nonetheless, I think using tea tree oil and consuming brewer’s yeast will be my new act of defense. I like the fact that such products can help benefit with other issues that I might have a positive effect on my health. Nice article.

  9. I have heard of many treatments for mosquito bites and even for repelling the mosquitoes themselves but this is my first time hearing of tea tree oil. However, if it is as effective and potent as you say it is, I’ll be happy to try it out as mosquito bites are something I very much wish to avoid if possible. 

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