Homemade Mosquito Spray Using Natural Ingredients

Homemade Mosquito Spray Using Natural Ingredients

Are you having problems keeping mosquitos away? The insects can be tough to deal with when you’re camping, picnicking, or barbecuing. The biting bugs can become a problem since it doesn’t just cause small bumps. In fact, this is how certain diseases like malaria and zika are spread. These conditions can even be quite dangerous if they’re not treated quickly. That can result in expensive bills for hospital stays, meds, and checkups. The solution is to use insect repellants like homemade mosquito spray to keep away the blood-thirsty insects. These DIY repellants can be effective yet save you a small fortune.

Bug sprays can be expensive. Mosquito control services can cost up to $2,000 per season for a large area. Besides being expensive commercial mosquito sprays often have strong chemicals. These tend to be bad for people’s health and bad for the environment. So, it’s another reason to consider DIY bug sprays to keep away the insects. The good news is there are various options that include basic ingredients you might already have in your home. These will keep you comfier and safer during outdoor work or play. Most of us also wouldn’t mind saving some money on insect repellant during the warm and hot months.

 

How Do Mosquito Sprays Work?

We’ve already mentioned some of the drawbacks of commercial mosquito sprays. They can be bad for people and the environment around them. While they have high price tags, they can work like DIY versions. What’s the key?

First, we should talk about why mosquitoes bite in the first place. Only the female bugs do that. There are various things that attract bugs to your skin. They include different chemicals and even your blood type. For example, mosquitos seem to like blood type O more than A or B.

The female insects bite because they need blood to make eggs. In fact, the mouth is even designed to break the victim’s skin when she bites. Besides the bite itself, the mosquito’s saliva adds to the stinging/irritation of the bite.

So how do commercial bug sprays keep away mosquitos? One of the most common ingredients is something called DEET. The US military designed this over half a century ago.

It’s quite interesting how the chemical works. DEET prevents the insects from smelling like they normally do. So, when the insects can’t pick up your scent they’ll keep flying around to find their next meal.

There’s no question that DEET bug sprays can work. The problem is the price tag. In 2016 the global market for mosquito repellants was $3.2 billion. That’s big bucks to keep away the tiny insects.

You might be surprised by how easy and cheap it is to make natural mosquito repellants. In fact, you can make them by using some basic ingredients like essential oils, vinegar, garlic, and salt.

Yes, you might have to run to a local store to pick up some items. However, you can still save lots of money. Since the ingredients are natural, they’re also safer for you and your home, which are good things.

 

Homemade Mosquito Sprays

Here are some easy DIY mosquito repellant sprays you can make:

1. Apple Cider Vinegar and Essential Oils Spray

  • Apple cider Vinegar (50 mL)
  • Citronella, Clove, or Eucalyptus Oil (10-12 drops)

Mix the apple cider vinegar with water using equal ratios. Then add the essential oil and mix it well. Next, store the solution in a bottle w/ a pump. Spray this on your exposed skin before you go outdoors.

This spray works because the apple cider vinegar is a base that makes some essential oils more mosquito repellant. It also is a little acidic so the bugs will stay away from your skin. The ACV is also less messy than a carrier oil that’s usually combined with essential oils.

2. Citronella Oil/Alcohol Spray

  • Alcohol (10 mL)
  • Citronella Oil (10 drops)
  • Water (90 mL)

Use the specific ratio to mix alcohol and water. Then add the citronella oil and mix the blend well. Place it all in a bottle then spray your body’s exposed areas. Spray 2-3x daily prior to going outdoors.

This spray works because there’s stuff in the essential oil and alcohol that mosquitoes don’t like.

3. Mouthwash/Epsom Salt Spray

This spray is for your yard or other areas you want to keep mosquitos away.

  • Mint mouthwash (big bottle)
  • Epsom salt (3 cups)
  • Can of beer (12 ounces)

Add the Epsom salt to a big bottle of commercial mouthwash. Mix the ingredients well until the salt is dissolved completely. If you want to make the spray stronger you can add the can of beer. Spray the mixture in your home or out in the yard 2x daily.

This is an interesting spray that mainly works because the mosquitoes don’t like the ingredients in the mouthwash. The Epsom salt helps to super-charge the blend so it’s more effective to keep away bugs.

 

Benefits of DIY Mosquito Sprays

Making DIY mosquito repellants can provide many benefits including:

1. Effectiveness

It might be surprising but many natural bug sprays work about as well as strong chemicals like DEET. It’s basic chemistry. The mosquitos don’t like certain scents. When you get the right combination of 2+ ingredients it can be effective at keeping away the buzzing bugs.

2. Natural

Some sprays include household products with chemicals. However, when compared to commercial products the chemicals are all generally milder.

In fact, you can even pick sprays that are 100% natural. They include ingredients like essential oils, garlic, and salt. By using natural ingredients, you can help prevent allergic reactions to strong chemicals. The ingredients are also eco-friendlier so you won’t be adding lots of chemicals into the air.

3. Easy

You can make DIY mosquito sprays very easily. It starts with the ingredients themselves, which you might already have in your home. You also probably have containers like spray bottles, so you won’t have to buy them either. It’s all easy-peasy.

4. Price

You can save tons of money by making DIY mosquito sprays and traps. This is due to the basic ingredients required. While some ingredients like essential oils are a little pricey you won’t have to use much.

This is one of the main drawbacks of chemicals like DEET. While it’s effective at keeping bugs away the strong chemicals have a steeper price tag. This can be especially tough if your household is already on a shoestring budget.

5. Safe

Yet another benefit of DIY sprays is they’re also safer for your family and friends. It’s possible some people might have allergies to some of the ingredients like essential oils. However, it’s much less likely compared to chemicals like DEET.

These sprays are also safer if you have pets around the home. In that case you should consider homemade mosquito sprays.

Spray the mixture in your home or out in the yard 2x daily.

This is an interesting spray that mainly works because the mosquitoes don’t like the ingredients in the mouthwash. The Epsom salt helps to super-charge the blend so it’s more effective to keep away bugs.

Jane

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