DIY Mosquito Repellent

As your family begins to move outdoors for the summer, you’ll have to take precaution against mosquitos and other insects.

Using mosquito repellent helps reduce your risk of exposure to Zika, West Nile virus or other diseases, it allows you to enjoy your summer activities with a lower risk of disease.

Even if you're indoors, it's recommended that you use mosquito repellent, especially at dusk or when the sun goes down. Products that use Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus have been found to last a lot longer and work better.

Besides applying repellent, you should also take steps to avoid any exposure to mosquitoes. For example, wear long pants and long sleeves while you're outdoors, use mosquito nettings and get rid of standing water near your home in order to avoid mosquito nesting grounds.

You can also make your own mosquito repellent - which will save you time and money. Check out these recipes below to see how you can make your own repellent and add your comments below:

The Recipes

Garlic Repellent

here is good reason that they say that garlic repels vampires. Mosquitos hate the stuff!

You’ll Need:

• Minced Garlic
• Mineral Oil
• Lemon Juice
• Cheesecloth

Mince a few cloves of garlic and cover them with mineral oil. Allow them to sit and soak for 24 hours. After they are done soaking, remove the minced garlic chunks and mix the oil with 2 cups water and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Strain everything through a cheesecloth and add to a spray bottle.

Lemon Eucalyptus Repellent

You’ll Need:

• Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
• Sunflower Oil (or Witch Hazel)

Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil. You can rub the mixture on your skin or add it to a spray bottle and apply that way.

Lavender Mosquito Repellent

If you rub lavender flowers on your wrists, neck and behind your ears, you’ll smell great but you’ll also avoid mosquitoes. If you don’t have any lavender at the moment, you can always plant one in your yard.

Your Ideas?

Comment below and tell us ways that you avoid mosquitoes during the summer.

~ Brandon Garrett

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