Home-brewed Insecticide: Eucalyptus, Lemon Balm, Garlic.

Because diethyl(meta)toluamide is bad done.

I think that Nature always tries to get me. I’m a leucoderm and because of that I burn easily in the sun rays. Summer catarrh destroys my eyes and nose. And also mosquitoes love to suck my blood too much. I don’t use sun blocking cream or other types of anti-allergic medicines and such mosquito repellents like diethyl(meta)toluamide because of which my skin crawls and because of the mosquitoes my skin itches.

For me not only the smell of diethyl(meta)toluamide is nasty, but I can’t accept applying this unsafe preparation to my skin. I’ve decided to do an insecticide with my own hands to get rid of these nasty bloodsuckers.

Below there are several options for preparing home-brewed insecticides, and each of them helped me to get rid of the mosquito bites in past.

1. Eucalyptus. The majority of people don’t have a eucalyptus tree planted in their orchard, but many relative have in their medicine cabinets some type of eucalyptus oil, distilled from the leaves of the tree. Some ounces of the drastic oil, able to create a home-brewed insecticide solution can be acquired at many drugstores for price of about $5. Use a spray bot and warm water, mix with 1 ounce of oil with every six ounces of warm water. Before each spraying you must shake the mixture and to protect your eyes (just like you do with any kind of selling chemical spray). This kind of home-brewed insecticide has a medicinal scent, but this scent is not so unpleasant like a smell of a diethyl(meta)toluamide (DEET).

2. Lemon Balm. It is an another essence which is available at the pharmacy. Lemon Balm can be mixed with water in a spray bot as was described above in order to create a home-brewed insecticide, but I advise a much more concentrated solution (2 ounces of volatile oil for one ounce of water). In any case the Lemon Balm plant (Melissa officinalis) is a widespread plant in North America and if you put this fresh plant in your kitchen tear off a handful of leaves and make a decoction in hot water. You must cool the mix and then flood a spray bot with it.

NOTE: I recommend to combine eucalyptus oil and bee balm to create sweet-smelling (and very effective) home-brewed insecticide. In truth, these two volatile oils are usually combined in production of insecticides.

3. Garlic. We all know about the strong smell of garlic but it is widely used by many people as a home-brewed insecticide. There exist several advices including hacking to pieces a head of garlic and apply it directly to the skin (which is rather unpleasant) or taking two ounces of hacked garlic and mixing it into a cup of worm water to make a spray. In addition, if you keep a pre-hacked garlic in the fridge (the type of garlic you can acquire in many grocery stores), it can be mixed into a lotion without fragrance to create insecticide. Garlic is the last desirable of the above mentioned insecticides due to its odour, but at the same time it is the most accessible. And in case of emergency if your choice is very expensive or remains mosquito-free, garlic – is much better than nothing.

Flossflowers (Ageratums) – great plant to repel mosquitoes!

Ageratum natural repellentFlossflowers (Ageratums) as garden plants. They are planted for their flowers, especially the Ageratum houstonianum. Many of them are used for bordering and bedding in rock gardens.

Most widespread flossflowers, for instance “Hawaii” when full grown is very short, 6-8 inches. You can find tall flossflowers in seed catalogues, but it is difficult to find them in retail stores. They have blue flowers and height of 18 inches. There also exist a snowcapped variety of medium height, blue flowers and white top. The blue flossflowers are the most popular and common, but there exist the other colours – violet, pink and white. The colour and size of Flossflowers make them a good applicants for flower beds, containers and rock gardens.

Flossflower grows well on partial shade or sun, from early summer to first frost. They are easy to grow and all season long produce a profusion of fluffy flowers. These are the excellent plants for beginner gardeners.

Ageratum is the great plant to repel mosquitoes!

These plants produce coumarin which has the horrible scent that repulses the mosquitoes. Coumarin is widely used in commercial insecticides.

Ageratum – is a great plant for your landscape and its flowers come in pale blue and white.

Natural Herbal Repellents for Mosquitoes: Citronella Grass, Catnip, Wormwood, Vanilla

Natural mosquitos repellentsNature took care to give people natural herbs that can protect them from mosquitoes. Almost everywhere in the world there are such species of plants that can be used as a protection from biting insects. Spending a lot of time outdoors it is very bad for people’s health to use chemical repellents. Herbal ones is much safer alternative to them.

Many herbs contain substances that repel mosquitoes. To use them for your own needs, these substances need to be extracted from the plants and then mixed for better results. There are a few ways of extractions like infusion, boiling, crushing, squeezing, etc. The herbal extracts can be mixed with various oils or alcohol-based liquids and then sprayed or rubbed into skin, put on clothes or around the house area. Other plants can be used dried and burned for releasing smoke that contains repelling substances. It is usually has no effect when simply staying near growing plants with repelling features, all of them need to be worked up.

Here is a list of some wild and cultivated herbs that can help in repelling mosquitoes.

Citronella Grass is one of the most effective natural repellents among the cultivated plants. Its essential oil is widely used in commercial production of natural repellents that you can see on the market. It is safe for skin and can be applied during a long time without any damage to the organism. The citronella grass was found in tropic countries but no can grow almost anywhere.

Catnip is a popular garden plant, very simple in care and very effective as a mosquito repelling ingredient. It can be used in various forms. Crushed fresh leaves can be putted on skin, or the wringed out liquid can be sprayed on it. Dried leaves can be settled in olive or other oil and then used like a repelling cream.

Also there are some other herbals that can be used for making homemade repellents.

They are:

Lemon balm
Tea tree

There are also some wild herbs that have repelling facilities. For instance, Vanilla that grows in Japan and other northwestern regions is used for scaring away mosquitoes since ancient times. The locals put bunches of dried vanilla leaves around their homes to protect from mosquitoes. Also fresh grinded leaves can be used directly on skin. It is strange that vanilla likes the same places as mosquitoes: dark misty areas, with minimum sun and much moisture.

Various kinds of Wormwood are also useful in fight against mosquitoes. Their aromatic smell repels insects very effectively. In fresh grinded mixture you can use wormwood directly on skin. However there are a lot of recipes how to apply it as repellent. Wormwood likes dry sunny areas like steppes, deserts, plains and some mountain territories.

A weedy plant widespread in North America, Pineapple weed, also showed its effectiveness in fighting mosquitoes. You can find it everywhere on lawns, near the roads, etc. Fresh leaves, pressed and crushed, can serve as a ready-made repellent for applying directly on skin.

Here are some other wild plants that can be met in wild nature and used as repellents:

Nodding onion
Wild bergamot
Sweet fern

You should remember that natural repellents action lasts not more than 1 – 2 hours. So to gain good results you should re-apply them often. Also when using herbs there is a risk to mix up the species and select the incorrect plant. If you are not really sure in your own knowledge about wild plants, consult proper specialist to prevent the use of some poisonous ‘doubles’.

Some Things that Helps to Repel Mosquitoes

You can increase protection from mosquitoes by using some additional measures together with natural repellents. Mosquitoes react on increased content of carbon dioxide or other products of people’s breath out. Mosquitoes are much more attracted by people during the process of food intake, especially if eating fruits, grains and other foods rich with natural carbohydrates.

When eating such a food, your blood and body smell becomes more attractive to biting insects. You can avoid eating too much of such food in the periods when mosquitoes are too active. Also eating more onion and garlic may help to make you less attractive for mosquitoes.

In summertime you can avoid places near to standing water, with little sunlight. These places are favorite inhabitations for mosquitoes. Try to make picnics in areas with fresh air breezing, mosquitoes do not like this. At home it is also recommended to avoid standing water in buckets, trenches or any other ‘water bodies’.

Making Mosquito Repellent at Home

Natural repellentsIt is very uncomfortable to stay outdoors, make picnics or barbeques together with mosquitoes that are not only annoying but also can spread various viruses. Many repellents contain various synthetic chemicals that are not safe for health. As an alternative to them, you can use natural repellents made by your own hands. It will be made of safe herbal ingredients with good smell and effective protection from mosquitoes and other insects.

You will need the following materials:

Eucalyptus oil (or leaves)

Catnip essential oil



Carrier oil


Dish soap


Hose sprayer

It is easy to make effective herbal repellent of eucalyptus. If you have such a herb in your garden, gather its leaves (you will need a handful or two) and boil them in a liter of water. Let this decoction to cool down, then just filter it and put into a sprayer. All you need to do is to spray it on your skin when you are planning to go outside. As an alternative to this, when having no eucalyptus plant, you can simply use its essential oil. Put a few drops of it into carrier oil and rub it into your skin. As carrier oil you can use glycerin, jojoba or palm oil or any other skin-care oil.

If you prefer a mild, almost unnoticeable smell, use catnip oil instead of eucalyptus. Mix a few drops of catnip oil into 250 ml (one cup) of carrier oil and use this mixture for rubbing on skin. Such repellent has very long term of use and requires very small doses for excellent effect. Catnip oil contains nepetalactone that without any smell scares mosquitoes away. You can order instant catnip oil online or buy it at pharmacy.

Another natural repellent can be made of rosemary leaves. Using it you can make a spray that helps to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects. Use about two handfuls of rosemary leaves, adding them into a liter of boiling water. Let them simmer for 5 minutes and cool down. Then only strain the liquid and put it into a sprayer. Use when going outside.

For those who can easily stand garlic aroma, it’s great news: garlic is an excellent repellent. Just crush fresh cloves and rub it on your skin. It is also a good remedy from mites. If you don’t want to put garlic on your skin, try to boil it near the place you stand. Its evaporations also scary mosquitoes away, but it is not so effective in this form.

Simple dish soap also repels mosquitoes. Put it into a hose sprayer together with glycerin (1 tablespoon of glycerin for a half a liter of dish soap). Spray the mixture around your courtyard. In such a way you will repel mosquitoes and scary away bugs from your garden.

Make up Natural Mosquito Repellent by Your Own Hands. How to Make Catnip Spritz for Mosquitoes?

Catnip flowers mosquito repellentsIt is generally known that mosquitoes can spread various dangerous infections like the West Nile Virus or Encephalitis. However there are some simple ways how to protect you from mosquito bites using natural materials. Here is a one of them.

According to numerous researches, there are natural repellents that can be more effective than common chemicals. For instance, the results of the latest research made by specialists from the Iowa State University Department of Entomology claim that catnip essence oil is ten times better protection from mosquitoes than DEET chemical widely used in repellents.

Regardless of DEET repellents popularity, this chemical can be dangerous for human health, especially for children. It was scientifically proved that DEET can impact the brain activity by killing cells in brain. It also can cause serious changes in behavior explained by neurological disorders that can appear after frequent DEET use during a long period of time.

The problem of finding safer way of protection from insects made scientists find answer in natural materials with less harmful side effects. And essential oils were found to be effective substitutes of chemical repellents. Catnip is one of the most useful organic matters that in right concentrations can fight mosquitoes even better than DEET-based substances.

Currently it is unknown the reason why mosquitoes are so afraid of catnip oil, but this really works. Not a long a go the use of essential catnip oil for producing natural repellents was patented by the Iowa State University Research Foundation. This means that in the near future new, efficient and safe natural repellents will appear in the market.

But this doesn’t mean that you can’t grow your own catnip and make a repellent for your own needs. If you have an area for gardening, full of sunlight and fertile soil, try to plant catnip. The Latin name of this plant is Nepeta cataria, it is a close relative to ornamental catmint. Catnip is already used for medical purposes due to its useful properties, but sometimes it is planted just like an ornamental.

Catnip has beautiful small blue flowers that are usually lost in the massive grass of green-gray color. It is very soft in touch due to hairy texture of the leaves. Catnip feels itself perfectly in sunny places with well-drained soil. It can also grow on heavy clay, but it is recommended to plant them on a mounded beds.

Catnip is planted in fall, as many other herbs. It requires very little watering: once or twice during the first year after planting, in case the summer is too hot and dry. Generally it is enough natural rainfalls to nourish catnip with water and develop strong rootage that will protect the plant from exhaustion. It is naturally strong plant that doesn’t need too much care from gardener.

Dealing with catnip, it is better to prepare some compost mixture for planning soil instead of feeding the herbs after planting. Compost and native soil mixed in 1:1 proportion is ideal for catnip. Put a layer of compost (two or three inches) on the top of bed for catnip to protect roots from exposure in winter.

As opposite to many plants, it is not recommended to feed catnip even in spring. Fertilizers can cause intensive growth that influences badly on essential oil quality in future. That is why the commercial production of essential oils is too risky, as most manufacturers overfeed soil with various fertilizers. At home try to use only very mild fertilizers to eliminate the rapid catnip growth.

You can do both spritz and infused oil as a remedies against mosquitoes. Both means effective and long-term protection totally safe for your health. I have proved this by my own experience and want to share some recipes with you. They already used in my family and I hope will help you to forget about annoying insects during warm summertime.

How to Make Catnip Spritz for Mosquitoes?

This recipe is given in simple proportions of ingredients. So you can get as much of the repellent as you need. In result you will receive
3 doses of ready-made spritz liquid.

You will need:
-2 dozes of catnip without stems
-3-4 dozes of rice vinegar

Clean the catnip with water, pound it a little using a rolling pin. Then place the material into some pot, coat it with the rice vinegar, close the pan and put in some dark place for at least 2 weeks.

Once a day you need to shake the pot. After two weeks are expired, filter the liquid to a clean pot. Keep it in refrigerator.
To use, splash the mixture on your skin. Also you can spritz it in the area around house doors and windows.

How to Make Mosquito Catnip Oil?

-2 parts of catnip leaves
-1 part of rosemary (cut in pieces)
-2 parts of any light body-care oil

Pound herbs a little using a rolling pin. Cover them with oil (you can use grape oil), close the pot and place in a dark place for 2 weeks. The following instructions are the same as for catnip spritz. The term of use is 8 months. Apply to your skin.