3 Ways to Make Mosquitos Go Away - Naturally

3 Ways to Make Mosquitos Go Away - Naturally

For 20% of folks with just the right blood type, metabolism or a love of beer, being bitten by mosquitoes (over and over) can cause anxiety, itching and more itching.

What makes you mosquito bait? Skeeters favor folks with blood type O twice as much as those with type A; B is in between. And 85% of folks secrete a chemical signal through their skin, announcing their blood type to tuned-in skeeters.

The pests also can smell appealing (to them) lactic acid, uric acid and ammonia that are mixed in with sweat. And they like higher body temps too. So, these chemicals can make you a target -- especially when you exercise.

Your skin’s naturally occurring bacteria also can say bite me. And drinking just 12 ounces of beer can make you a mosquito magnet.

  • How can you keep these gals (only female mosquitoes bite) at bay without pesticides?
  • One study found rubbing 32% lemon eucalyptus oil on your skin offers 95% protection for three hours. Not for kids under three.
  • 5% thyme oil on skin offers (lab animals) 91% protection. Make it with 4 drops per teaspoon of olive oil.
  • Catnip oil on your skin is 10 times more effective than DEET according to a University of Iowa study.

We’ve just scratched the surface of alternative mosquito repellants, but we hope you’ll bite and give them a try.

Medically reviewed in March 2020.

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