Goodbye Bloodsuckers: Here’s How to Make a Homemade Mosquito Repellent [Recipe]
I don't know about you, but my yard is swarming with mosquitoes. We have so much rain, those little boogers have multiplied like rabbits and are EVERYWHERE! Seriously, I cannot walk outside without being attacked by the little bloodsuckers. I feel like I'm on the set of that HBO show True Blood. They're are little vampires with wings all over the place. I even thwacked one inside my house over the weekend.
I have been looking for ways to get rid of them. My friend Lee Ward recently asked her Facebook friends how to get rid of them. A couple of folks suggested a Dynatrap, which, I must admit, looks awesome. I am seriously thinking about getting one for my front porch and the back patio.
However, I also stumbled across this option. It's a homemade mosquito repellent and it only requires three ingredients. Check it out!
HOMEMADE MOSQUITO REPELLENT
1/2 quart of alcohol
1/2 cup whole cloves
1/2 cup baby oil (or other similar oil: almond, sesame, fennel)
I know what you're thinking. Yes! That's a lot of alcohol. The goal here is to make the mosquitoes drunk so they'll just stumble and fall off you when they land . . . like they have failed a field sobriety test.
Now, here's what you do with that 1/2 quart. You marinate the cloves in the alcohol for 4 consecutive days. And be sure to give them a nice stir each morning and each evening.
After four days, you can add in the oil.
The homemade repellent is now ready to use. Simply rub a few drops into the skin on your arms and legs. I know. I know. That's VERY Silence of the Lambs, but do it. Rub the lotion on your skin or else you get a mosquito bite again.
Now, I have to admit. I have never used this recipe. I have absolutely zero if it works. I have no clue if it will cause you to break out in hives. I am not doctor or a scientist. I, quite frankly, just found this recipe here on the internet. However, it will allegedly keep the mosquitoes away.