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With summer and its warm, beautiful weather comes a nasty pest--the mosquito.  Mosquito bites are not only ugly, itchy, and annoying but they can be dangerous as well.  Depending upon what part of the world you are in, mosquito bites can transfer diseases such as Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Malaria, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever.  Therefore, with the arrival of summer, comes the struggle to avoid the nasty buggers at all cost.

Unfortunately, many bug repellents are filled with chemicals and carcinogens that do as much damage, if not more, to you as the bites themselves.  Many people are looking for alternatives to the traditional chemical laden bug repellants and if you are looking for a more natural way to keep mosquitoes at bay, look no further than the tips below for a series of methods for getting rid of mosquitoes naturally.

Beer Traps

There are many uses of beer other than just getting drunk, one of which is attracting and trapping mosquitoes.  Just like frat boys, mosquitoes are attracted to beer. Therefore, if you are looking to keep the bugs out of your hair--and off your skin!--place cups filled with beer away from you and your companions when outside, the mosquitoes will flock to the beer and avoid you.  Just beware that if you are also drinking beer, these traps will not be as effective as mosquitoes will be even more attracted to you than normal due to the beer you are drinking.


Garlic is a superfood with many uses and its strong odor turns off mosquitoes as much as it turns off potential suitors.  Increasing your intake of garlic may not do much for your love life but it will give you many health benefits and keep mosquitoes at bay.


Another scent that repels mosquitoes is the smell of chives.  They do not like chives and will stay away far away from anything that smells like chives. Plant chives near any area outside that you may socialize and wish to keep mosquito free. You can also rub your skin with chives for extra repelling power.

Dryer Sheets

There are many household uses of dryer sheets and one of them is keeping mosquitoes away. While we may love the freshening scent of our dryer sheets, the nasty blood suckers hate them! Rub your skin with dryer sheets to stay mosquito free.

Dish Soap

Mosquitoes are attracted to dish soap.  The next time you and your friends will be spending time outdoors and around mosquitoes, leave a few saucers of dish soap away from where you will be sitting.  The mosquitoes will flock to the dish soap and focus their attention there instead of on biting you!

Use an Electric Fan

Use an electric fan to create a steady stream of wind to prevent mosquitoes from flying near you.  They hate wind and will not land on you or bite you if you are sitting in the direction of a fan or strong breeze.

Essential Oils

There are numerous essential oils that act as natural bug repellants, the following essential oils repel mosquitoes.  You can use them in a diffuser or rub some on  you to keep mosquitoes away. 

  • Citronella Oil
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Lemongrass Oil
  • Cedar Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Clove Oil
  • Geranium Oil

Pure Vanilla Extract

Another delicious smell that you probably love that mosquitoes hate is the smell of vanilla extract.  In the summer swap out your typical perfume for pure vanilla extract.  Apply the vanilla extract to your pulse points and you will smell wonderful and be bite free all summer! 


Catnip will not only have your cat bouncing off the walls, but it will also keep mosquitoes away. Research has revealed that catnip is 10 times more effective in repelling mosquitoes than the commonly used (and highly toxic) bug repellent, DEET.  So instead of reaching for the poisonous DEET the next time you head outdoors, reach for some catnip oil instead.   You can rub the catnip oil on you as a natural repellant or plant catnip in your yard wherever you spend a lot of time outdoors.

Neem Seed Oil

Neem seed oil has many benefits, one of which is repelling mosquitoes.  Neem seed oil is extracted from a plant that grows in India.  Need seem oil is another natural remedy, like catnip, that has been found to be more even more effective than DEET.