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Natural Mosquito Repellent?

Asked by xgunther (449points) July 20th, 2007 from iPhone

ugh, the Mosquitos are really biting this year! But I don't like the idea of spraying myself with all those chemicals in popular repellents. Any ideas?

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glial's avatar

citronella candles

gailcalled's avatar

Upper body net shirt from LLBean. Health food stores have natural repellents. You will smell like licorice and I am not sure they work too well.

rowenaz's avatar

Avon's Skin So Soft, mixed with a little water in a mist bottle. I went hiking on Cumberland Island, and even the outdoor worker men were using it. Effective against ticks, too. Nothing touched me the whole time I was there, but then again, I was also drinking water with a lot of sulfur in it, which is also a natural bug repellant. Maybe something like that exists in a health foods store? Sulfur tablets?

evander's avatar

There are citronella repellents that you can apply directly to your skin. I used them regularly for a period when I was working with animals that reacted poorly to the deet repellents.

gooch's avatar

skin so soft......and don't wear white they like light colors....Belive me I lived in a swamp

gailcalled's avatar

Avon SSS was a bust, I found, w. my body chemistry. The black flies loved it. And around here we are advised to wear only white in order to find the lyme ticks that are worse than ever. Ya can't win. The idea of water w sulfur in it is interesting. Here, our well water often has a sulfurous odor.

hearkat's avatar

I once read that taking Vitamins with B-complex helps; and I know I don't get bit as much as I used to.

COOKIE1956's avatar

I don’t know why but I never get bit. Others around me will be swatting like crazy, If one does land on me it flies right away.Also, my body temperature is 96. Odd, it makes me wonder

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peridot's avatar

Smoke might work—from a cigarette, incense, or campfire. Give yourself a “bath” with it, and see if it helps.

Also, I think if you eat bananas often, that might make you more attractive to them. (Someone with a chemistry background and/or way better medical chops than me could yea or nay that.)

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