6 Ways to Naturally Keep Mosquitoes Away


Did you know? A child dies from malaria, a disease transmitted by mosquitoes, every 30 seconds!

I don’t know about y’all, but we’ve certainly seen our fair share of rain this summer.

Rain, a wet ground, and standing water (not to mention any neighbors who never opened their pool cover and left a nice, shallow breading ground of stagnant water on the top) are perfect conditions for MOSQUITOES! They’re everywhere! 

The last thing I want to do is keep my kids indoors on the nice summer days; but I hate covering their sweet little skin with chemicals. Here are some natural remedies I’ve found.

Burt's Bees Herbal Insect Repellent 
About 70% of reviewers on Walmart.com gave this product five stars. Most comments said it worked – and smelled great – for normal outdoor use. The only complaints were that the natural smells of the active ingredients (Castor Oil – 10.00%, Rosemary Oil – 3.77%, Lemongrass Oil – 2.83%, Cedar Oil – .94%, Peppermint Oil – .76%, Citronella Oil – .57%, Clove Oil – .38%, and Geranium Oil), while they repelled mosquitoes, seemed very attractive to bees! Well, it is a Burt’s Bees product after all.


Citronella Candles 
While these candles bring back fond memories of many childhood evenings at my grandparent’s cottage, I can’t say they’re the most practical solution for mosquitoes. They do seem to be helpful, when you’re sitting directly on top of them; but for some reason, sitting still in one spot doesn’t appeal to my children. Anyone else have this problem?

BuzzEnder Mosquito Repellent Patches 
These are citronella-infused patches for your clothing. Many reviewers for this product love the fact that nothing ever touches their child’s skin, and that they seem to do the trick for repelling mosquitoes in any normal environment (not including the deep woods). The qualms for this product? They are a bit pricey, and you may need more than one patch in order to get optimal coverage. Another tip from reviewers is to make sure the patches are used on the backside of your children, so they don’t pick at them, because skin contact is not recommended.

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BugBand Mosquito Repelling Wristband 
There are very mixed reviews on this product. At about $5 a pop, they’re certainly not the cheapest option. Those who love them really love them and rave about how well they work (each getting up to 120 hours of usage, if sealed between usages). And for those who don’t like them, they are very angry about it!
For my kids, these were a bust because they wouldn’t keep the wristbands on! I should’ve known. My daughter, who loves all things Hello Kitty (by the way, can we all agree to help end this obsession?), won’t even keep any Hello Kitty jewelry on. Perhaps they may have been effective if my children had kept the wristbands on, because the bands sure stink like they should work.
The wristbands are also DEET free.

Essential Oils 
This is a DIY version of the Burt’s Bees product previously mentioned. You essentially pick the repellent oils you wish to use and dilute them with a safe-for-your-skin oil or alcohol. The essential oils that work well against mosquitoes are: cinnamon oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, citronella oil, and castor oil. Safe carrier oils and alcohols include: olive oil, sunflower oil or any other cooking oil, witch hazel, and vodka.

Dryer Sheets 
The idea here is that you rub the dryer sheets on yourself, or your clothes, and they are supposed to repel the mosquitoes. You can also stick the dryer sheets in your pockets. For me, this was a total fail, but perhaps I selected the wrong brand. There was the unintended bonus, though, of smelling spring fresh, and less like whatever my kids decided to wipe on me! 

What have you found that works for your family as a natural insect repellent? Are you currently battling any mosquito-breeding conditions in your neighborhood?

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  1. Kristi says:

    I LOVE the Burt’s bees! It works do well, and it smells amazing! However I’m not so sure if its safe for pregnant women to have some of the oils on their skin! Best to ask a doctor first!!! 🙂

  2. nancyk says:

    We went camping last weekend, and I always get eaten alive. I’ve been a marketing exec for Melaleuca, which is an online store that sells all-natural, non-toxic products. They have a handy book that shows you how to mix different items that you already have in your home to make stuff, such as bug spray. I put it to the test this past weekend and it WORKED! Here’s the recipe:
    2 caps of Sol-U-Mel
    5-10 drops of Melaleuca oil
    1 cap of Tough& Tender
    Fill the spray bottle up with water and voila – bug spray that works. Just make sure to shake the bottle before each use. It’s not greasy, and it even smells good. Bonus! 🙂 Let me know if you need info on how to purchase Melaleuca.

  3. LIZ says:

    love all i will try them tnx

  4. LIZ says:

    im not gonna ue this for my baby but for me too, ::)

  5. Tahkaney says:

    Whoa! I had no idea about these tricks and mosquitoes LOVE me. I’m definitely trying these!

  6. Missy says:

    brand name- Bounce fabric softener is the sheet you need to use. It works for me.

  7. Missy says:

    Bounce fabric softener is the sheet you need to use. It works for me.

  8. elizabeth says:

    really helpful tips

  9. Cynthia says:

    I agree with Tabitha also, Skin so soft is a great product always worked for my family it also works to kill fleas on animals! My sister is a Avon rep and Sells more skin so soft than any other product like it because it has so many uses!

  10. Bethany says:

    These are some good ideas to use not only for my kids, but also for myself and my husband (whom the mosquitoes love).

  11. Miko says:

    I agree with Tabitha… My mother would use Skin So Soft on me as I child so I’m considering doing the same.

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  13. Diana says:

    i love learning new things.

  14. Angelwings says:

    I found that the bugband doesn’t work very well for little one and I. Bugband came out with wipes that actually work really well with mosquitos but not with ngats.

  15. Tabitha says:

    Skin So Soft from Avon is amazing. My family has used it ever since I was little! My mom puts a little bit in her baths while I just use a spray bottle on me and my husband and kids and just rub it in. The only drawback is that the smell may not be for everybody, but personally, I like it. 🙂

  16. Toni says:

    This really gives me other options that I hadn’t thought of. I use the off clip on and seems to work great. I have read and used that Orajel works great on those bites if they do get bitten.

  17. clarissa says:

    This is cool to know.


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