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Cindy Hawkins
5 days ago • Austin
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Favorite Natural Ingredient Insect Repellent?

With all this Texas rain, the mosquitoes are ruthless! We have our bug zapper on our back porch and I can hear it "zapping" continuously! But for gardening, taking daily walks, and just enjoying the outdoors, I would like to hear about your favorite "natural" repellent that works!
6 replies
3 days ago
I’m waiting on the Mosquito Squad to call me back.

In the meantime, I mix lemongrass essential oils with this lotion. I also use the lotion for those dumb moments like I just had where I thought I could water the grass for 5 minutes and be fine...and I wasn’t. They love me! This stuff helps stop the itch soooooo much. You can get it at H‑E‑B. freshchalk.com/SaraMarie#22246
5 days ago
Ugh they are so bad right now. Definitely also interested in what people will recommend. I feel like only the bad stuff really works.
5 days ago
Oh my gosh - i make my own for us and it always works, for family and even for our dog. Water + almost any combo of citrus, lavender and lemongrass or peppermint. I like to add some Bergamot - honestly it smells SO GOOD and just keeps them away!
4 days ago
Have you tried Mosquito Bits yet? I've found the "natural" remedies like growing lavender and what not are a complete waste of time except you get lavender out of it which isn't terrible. But mosquito bits have worked well and are only harmful for the mosquito larvae.
4 days ago
Skeeter screen - I got it at Whole Foods, and on Amazon when I ran out! Works great
4 days ago
Lavender, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Eucalyptus. Tea Tree also, but I don't use this as the vapors are highly toxic to pets. Or do a dunk, place a 5 gallon bucket with hay, wait until it ferments and put in some mosquito bits. Place this at the edge of your yard away from view. Use fans, and create a natural environment that encourages birds, pollinators and more. Nature will take care of you. Do I have mosquitos in my yard? Yes, some, especially after it rains. But using these natural remedies, and eating garlic also helps, reduce not only the presence but bites if you use the oils. If you want to buy and not make your own, try All Terrain - Herbal Armor Natural Insect Repellent.
3 days ago

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