Homemade Mosquito Repellent

homemade-mosquito-repellent.jpegIf you’re plagued by mosquitoes and have an area you want to protect, this homemade mosquito repellent may be your answer. This repellent will work best in areas of moderate size (back patios), but can be adjusted for various sized areas.

Find yourself some 5 gal. containers. You want to fill the buckets about 2/3 full of water. Keep the water low enough so birds won’t mistake it as a birdbath. Add household dish soap to the water. Also add some WD-40 to the homemade deterrent. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. (You can read more about the mosquito lifespan later if you’d like). When the mosquito lands on the water it will get stuck. The WD-40 in the water acts to break up the surface tension, impeding the mosquito from flying away. The dish soap will kill any larvae that due happen to hatch from the eggs. If you’d like, decorate the buckets to blend in with your landscape and strategically place them around your property. If you have cats or dogs, be sure to place the homemade repellent out of reach. You’re target is the mosquito, and you’d hate to see your pet drinking it. The homemade mosquito repellent wouldn’t hurt your dog, but it might give him/her a nasty case of diarrhea.

Periodically check the buckets and refill them as needed. You’ll be surprised how many mosquitoes you’ll catch this way.

Home Remedy | Mosquito Bite

We’ve given a tip before on how to stop the itch from mosquito bites if you’re not at home. That solution is for campers, hikers, or those people with no time to stop and mix up a home remedy. If you’re able to treat the bite at home, here’s a few home remedy techniques that should help stop the itch. Follow as many of these steps as possible.

How to treat a mosquito bite:

  • First, clean the infected area with soap and HOT water.
  • Stop scratching the mosquito bite! We know, not easy, but it only aggravates the bite. Have your child slap the bite if it’s difficult to stop them from scratching. It’s quick relief without the irritation.
  • Rub the bite with rubbing alcohol if available. This will cool the bug bite and also disinfect it.
  • Take a couple tablespoons of baking soda and mix it with water to create a pasty substance. Apply the home remedy paste to the mosquito bite.
  • If baking soda is unavailable, rub soap on the bite and leave it on.
  • Go to the store and purchase some calamine lotion to have on hand next time.

While you do your best to avoid getting bit; no repellent can stop 100% of mosquito bites. Following these few home remedy tips should help alleviate that darned itch.