Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 03:45 pm

Summer is here and so are the mosquitoes. These bloodsuckers might be harmless for the most part, but after a night of fighting off tiny vampires, it’s hard to see it that way.

Natural mosquito repellents are a great alternative to chemical-laden repellents that could be as bad for you and your family as they are for the mosquitoes.

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Grow your own repellent

Plants serve many purposes they can be food, decorative, soil saving, save the bees and even keep pests away. Like vampires, mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of garlic.

Other fragrant plants like lemongrass, lavender, citronella, lemon balm, geranium, rosemary, catnip and marigolds among others are like kryptonite for mosquitoes growing right out of the soil. Plant these near windows and walkways to keep mosquitoes out of your home- even when you forget to close your windows.

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Mixing it up

Ingredients like vinegar and essential oils make quick mosquito repellents and are great for travelling.

Mix one part vinegar and one part water in a spray bottle and spray around your house. Be careful how much you spray because it might make your floors slippery.

A better idea might be to spray your curtains and near the door to repel mosquitos as they try to come in. Essential oils like citronella, lavender and lemon balm are also great to spray on bed linen and mix into neutral body creams and scent your home.

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From the cupboard

Putting mosquito-repelling ingredients together is a worthwhile science experiment. Lemon, cloves, and vinegar are a great combination. The cloves and the lemon cover the vinegar smell well and the best thing about this combination is it repels flies too.

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