Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Home Made Mosquito, Ant, and Flea Repellant

Click here to find out what makes a Mosquito's Bite Itch

Why do mosquitoes have to itch? 
How can I stop mosquitoes from biting? 
Is there a recipe for home made mosquito, ant, and flea repellent? 

Living in Oregon, I am sure I will encounter a fair share of the blood sucking and biting critters. I found this as a post on Facebook and thought it looked intriguing and easy. I think I will mix up a batch and see if it works. 

Home Made Mosquito, Ant, and Flea Repellent


1/2 Cup Alcohol
7/8 Cup of Whole Cloves ( I think I will just make this one cup for ease)
2/3 Cup of Baby Oil or similar oil (others suggest Almond, Sesame, Lavendar, Fennel, etc.)
1 Small glass jar (I am going to use a small 1/2 pint canning jar)

Make it:

In a glass container, add cloves to alcohol and let sit for 4 days, stirring or shaking each morning and evening. Allow this to "marinate." After 4 days have passed, add in the oil. Shake/stir.

To Use: 

Gently rub a few drops into the skin of the arms and legs. *This is supposed to work well on pets to help repel fleas and mosquitoes off of them.

Learn the science behind a mosquito bite's itch here:

Will it work? Do you have a good recipe for home made insect repellent? Share it below.

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  1. I've used the store-brand equivalent of listerine and poured it into a spray bottle. I used it full strength with Excellent results. Some do water it down but I do not. Smells good too!

    1. That is interesting. I have never heard of using mouthwash. I will give that a try too. Thanks!