Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes

Does Eating Garlic Keep Away Mosquitoes?

"If you think you're too small to make a difference, you've never been in bed with a mosquito."

The buzzing of a mosquito can interfere with your sleep and the bites can ruin camping trips and barbecues. If you avoid chemicals found in DEET or other bug sprays, you may be looking for a more natural way to repel skeeters. You may have heard that eating garlic can do the trick. Find out if it's true.

Garlic is thought to mask your scent so these bugs can't locate you, but unfortunately this method for repelling mosquitoes has been disproved in studies. The same goes for taking vitamin B supplements, or keeping a dryer sheet in your pocket. Here are some natural methods that may be more effective:

  • Remove any standing water near your home including buckets, recycling bins, and bird baths. Skeeters need standing water to reproduce.
  • Burn citronella or unscented candles where you're hanging out. The carbon dioxide they give off attracts the mosquitoes to the candles and away from you.
  • Hang a bat house on your home to attract bats. They feed on mosquitoes and can greatly reduce the amount in your yard.
  • Mosquitoes aren't around on windy days, so when there's no breeze, create one with a fan by placing it on your deck or outside your tent.
  • When outside, don't wear strongly scented perfumes, deodorants, or hair products. Also avoid hanging outside after you've been sweating.

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