3 DIY mosquito repellants for every situation

Want all-round protection from mozzies this summer? Here’s three recipes to stop them whether it’s inside, outside or while you’re

Want all-round protection from mozzies this summer? Here’s three recipes to stop them whether it’s inside, outside or while you’re sleeping.

1. Lemon eucalyptus mosquito repellent

  • Ingredients: Lemon eucalyptus oil and sunflower oil or witch hazel
  • Directions: Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every 10 parts of sunflower oil/witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.

2. Summer spray

  • Ingredients: basil leaves, a couple of water and half a cup of vodka
  • Directions: Mix ingredients and put into a spray bottle. It is non-sticky and is lightly-scented.

3. Homemade mozzie trap


Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 bottle (2L)

1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water and let it cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast – no need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area (mosquitoes are also drawn to the colour black).

Change the solution every 2 weeks.

  1. M ozzie and sand flies and also march flies HATE
    1 part baby oil
    1 part detox
    1 part metho
    Shake before appreciation

  2. What I need protection from is whatever is biting me when I’m in the garden. I come up in a dark red welt that burns and aches. It pumps toxins into my blood, puts my b/p up, and makes me feel dreadful! I have taken to tucking my socks into my pants as most of the bites are just above the ankles. I have never seen what bites me as its not an instant reaction, but comes on more once I come back in. You can actually see the mark grow from a speck to a large angry welt. If I ever see one of these nasty things, I’m going to rip it’s head off! Pretty sure it’s not a mozzie!!

    • Could be, but I see no sign of them and they usually are in clouds. I did wonder if it was sand flies. Doctor said I had to use gloves in the garden as my hands and arms came up in shiny blisters. But then he worked out they were a reaction to the toxins! I will watch for midges! Rotten little things. I used to say they were all teeth and sex organs, as they bit so much and there were so many of them! Lol.

    • Lee, No wonder i can’t see them! We keep the lawn cut low. No water except the chooks big container, and I’m sure the chooks would gobble bugs up! The area burns so that I can’t sleep. I have cortisone cream, but only allowed to use it once a day!

      • Tthey dont urinate on you, they are blood suckers and have toxin in their saliva, which causes a blister,I usually react to their bite straight away and hose my ankles to reduce the toxin and it also helps to reduce the itch providing you don’t scratch before hosing

    • Didi Cook! Yuk! In the centre of each sore, there is a little lump. Doc says its the actual bite site……maybe it’s a piss Mark!!! Lol. I love your name by the way!

    • Didi, the bites shown there are nothing like mine. Mine can be an inch and a half to 3 inches long, sorry, no good with metric! And they can be an inch wide. One was 4 inches in an irregular circle. So, not sure if I was peed on!!! Lol

    • Annette, that sounds like something I should have! Doctor gave me ‘fatty ointment’ which is cortisone a bit stronger than the previous one I had. It does give relief for a while, but not 24 hours worth. I only seem to get bitten in Spring/summer. I thought it was possibly something in the sugar cane mulch, as using that was when I was first bitten, both this year and last year too. But it’s strange that I was spreading it with my bare hands and got bitten on the legs. I think Lee is right. It’s not so much what is biting me, it’s my reaction! I’m obviously just bloody allergic to the little monsters! I hate mozzies too, so will be trying some of the recommended treatments!

    • I thought so. In fact, I’m still leaning towards that theory. Even with an allergic reaction, the bite is too big, or the results of the bite is too big, in my view, to be a smaller bug. But, nothing is impossible! I’ve seen my son’s reaction to a mozzie bite. His ear was nearly touching his cheek bone! So, I’m keeping an open mind, keeping access to my lower legs blocked and hoping they’ve moved on!

    • Well, Dr Horrocks, so long as you bulk bill!! I did put lavender oil on it, but no great relief! I haven’t needed my essential oils since we’ve moved, so they must still be packed out in the garage! I have a very large fishing tackle box full of them, but not sure where to start looking! It would be easier to go the the health shop and buy some. My daughter is an aromatherapist, she should have some! When it’s burning, I’d try anything! Thanks for thinking of me! Really appreciate it!!

    • I had a huge aloe Vera at our last house, but not here. We had a big lake in front of the house and the aloe Vera grew on part of the bank. It was so happy there it spread everywhere. I might buy a plant but will keep it in a pot. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. Apparently mozzies hate Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume. You can smell pretty and deter the little suckers.

  4. It’s what we humans emit that they love..some more than others..maybe to do with different blood groups ..don’t know what I’m talking about quire obviously ..but do know the little suckers love me unfortunately ..so any and all solutions gratefully received

  5. These. Little bastards love to suck my blood
    They are relentless and unmercifull,,,,,,

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