Encephalitis, West Nile, Zika… I have zero desire to contract one of these diseases, or the multitude of others carried by mosquitos! It’s really incredible that such a tiny little bug can cause so much damage to human health. It’s why I’m keeping plenty of this easy DIY mosquito repellent spray on hand throughout the summer months to help combat those nasty bloodsuckers.
How To Make DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray
As you probably know, mosquitos can set up shop during the summer months in standing water—that’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs and where their larvae live and grow.
It’s important to be really vigilant around your property to prevent these areas where mosquitos can breed and thrive. Unfortunately, even if you’ve eliminated any possible mosquito breeding grounds in your yard, you can’t really control what happens with the areas surrounding your property.
In other words, mosquitos are out there no matter what you do, so bite-prevention is really important.
Of course, no one wants to subject themselves or their kids to a cloud of harsh chemicals. Store-bought bug and mosquito spray can be damaging, which is why this easy DIY mosquito repellent spray is such a great course of action to take against mosquitos this summer.
This DIY mosquito repellent is made using witch hazel and a variety of essential oils that are safe for external use.
The powerful essential oils used in this DIY mosquito and bug spray include: Citronella essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, lavender essential oil, and lemongrass essential oil.
I don’t know about you, but I feel a whole lot better about using essential oils on my body to fight mosquitos than some of the mystery chemicals on the label of the store-bought bug spray.
From what I’ve seen, this DIY mosquito repellent does a pretty good job of preventing mosquito bites. I won’t say that it’s perfect, but, every little bit helps when it comes to fending off those disease-carrying mosquitos.
Be sure to take some of your homemade mosquito spray with you the next time you go hiking, or even when hanging out in your own back yard in the evening.
- Carefully add all of the ingredients to your spray bottle, secure the top on and give a quick shake. The scents all at once can be a little powerful so you may want to do this under a kitchen vent or outside.
- Give a quick shake before spraying on clothing and skin. Avoid face, eyes, mouth and other sensitive areas.