It’s commonly known that the mosquitoes in Florida can get pretty aggressive. If you’re one of the unlucky ones that they seem to particularly be fond of (like myself), you’re going to need some tricks up your sleeve to keep those irritating insects away. Bug spray products which use DEET work, but they have many harmful side effects to the environment and the people who use them. Try a DEET-free approach with one of these tactics.
Citronella oil is truly one of the most effective ways to repel mosquitoes. The age-old citronella candle is actually as useful as the hardware store wants you to believe. However, citronella is not the only oil which achieves the desired effect. Other natural essential oils like lavender, peppermint, spearmint, and lemongrass also help defend against mosquito bites. These oils are available at your local natural foods and health supply stores and can be applied to your skin or used in a diffuser.
Growing up with Avon products, I’ve come to believe the semi-mystical properties of Skin So Soft bath products as mosquito repellents. Avon, however does not confirm or deny the effectiveness of the bath product line. Regardless of whether or not it’s intentionally meant to be used this way, in the south, generations of women have sworn by it to ward off the pesky bloodsuckers.
A more long-term way of keeping the mosquitoes away is to keep plants around your outdoor area which are naturally offensive to the insects. Rosemary is a great plant to start with – it is easy to grow and it can be used to enhance your cooking as well! Mosquitoes also dislike geraniums, catnip, peppermint, lavender, marigolds, and basil.