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Anyone have any advice on how to get rid of Mosquitos naturally? I've read about a garlic juice spray. Does this work? Any other ideas? We literally cannot go out in our yard right now, they are so bad! Thanks!
 

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We live in mosquito country. Unfortunately, there's not a whole lot you can do if it is a bad season for mosquitoes. If we get moisture, we get mosquitoes- and lots of them. A few things you can do to try to lessen the population are to make sure that there is no standing water in your yard. They will use any still water to reproduce, whether it's a pond, bird bath, or a bucket left upright that has collected rainwater.

Bat boxes will also help. Bats eat mosquitoes, so they are our friends! If you attract bats to your yard, you will have less mosquitoes.

Burning citronella candles while outside helps to keep them away, but it will not get rid of them. It can help to make sitting outside a little more pleasant though. Also, like other insects, mosquitoes don't like smoke, so if you have a firepit, getting that going might help a little bit too.
 

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We bought a "mosquito magnet" last year. It was really worth the investment. Prior to that we couldn't even enjoy the yard the mosquitos were so bad. Now, we still have some, but not enough to deter us.
 

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the mosquito magnet sounds cool...i will have to look that one up.

thanks for the joy tip danica...and we need to get together and WALK! take advantage of the nice cool mornings and let the kids play!

i suggest making sure there is NO standing water anywhere around your home because the mosquitos will breed like crazy if there is. water the lawn first thing in the morning so there is no water left by nightfall. burn citronella if you are going to be outside. you can also take garlic or brewers yeast tablets...mosquitos hate the stuff...course your dh might not want you anywhere near him afterwards! lol
 

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Originally Posted by Sherry
...and we need to get together and WALK! take advantage of the nice cool mornings and let the kids play!

No doubt! Maren is here now, so we'd kinda have some help too
You're gonna die when you see the belly :LOL



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The American Chemical Assn. or whatever jsut released a report that says that catnip repels mosquitos better than DEET. I'm starting seedlings a little late since I can't find it in plant form. I'm not sure yet how I'll use it once it turns to plants. You could get EO of catnip and make your own candles.
 

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I've found that putting a little essential lavender oil on my clothes and my daughter's clothes (and you only need a tiny bit) keeps them away pretty well.

I'm thinking of trying to "water down" the oil with a bit of olive oil. The scent can be rather strong.
 

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Thanks guys! It seems that Burts Bee's Lemongrass repellant works the best of all I have tried. I tried RUBBING juiced garlic all over me (i was DESPERATE!!!) and they STILL attacked me! It didnt work at all! Last night while watering my flowers I put on the burts bees on my legs but not my arms and I got bit on my arms but NOT my legs! So it does work! I put it on pretty thick. I have heard about the Lavender as well but havent tried it. Thanks for all the tips!
 

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You can always wear bug clothes for chores, too. I've been swarmed so horribly in some areas that I invested in some nice lightweight bug clothes.

For normal stuff, though, we use Buzz Away and it works well.
 

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Get one of those fertilizer garden sprayers that you hook up to the hose-add a capful of lemon dish soap, mint listerine mouthwash and lemon ammonia.
Spray the yard down early in the morning-especially the shrubs and tall grasses that they like to hang out in.

Mamalisa-he can get odorless garlic w/parsley.


spookymom-you can dilute it down with some rubbing alcohol too


I have read about original bounce fabric softener sheets being used by fishermen to repel mosquitos.
They wear them in their belt loops.

I recently read mosquitos like the color blue-who figures this kind of stuff out anyways?
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We also have a mosquito magnet...it rocks! We live in mosquito purgatory. In otherwords, it isn't as bad as, say, living in a swamp; but it isn't pretty either. The mosquito magnet made short work of them.

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We also have a mosquito magnet...it rocks! We live in mosquito purgatory. In otherwords, it isn't as bad as, say, living in a swamp; but it isn't pretty either. The mosquito magnet made short work of them.

Lori

They Lori-congrats-
you have 1000 posts!
are those mosquito magnets the thing that attracts them with carbon dioxide then sucks them in with a fan?
 

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We use a combination of things. Lots of citronella candles and incense. Lavendar oil mixed with witch hazel (used as a spray for skin and clothing) and personal repellers that we bought from our local home improvement center for about 15.00 each. They take care of 100 sq feet and use a replaceable pad soaked in gerinol. We also hook a fan up on our patio and have that running to create a breeze so the little buggers have a harder time landing.

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They Lori-congrats-
you have 1000 posts!
are those mosquito magnets the thing that attracts them with carbon dioxide then sucks them in with a fan?

hey, thank you!
I feel the love!

Yeah, the magnet emits co2 and air that is the same temp as humans. then, when the suckers get near, the get vacuumed up into oblivion!
 
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