How to Fight Mosquitoes Without DEET or Chemicals

Wouldn't it be nice if you could enjoy summer without being eaten alive by mosquitoes?  Good News - You Can!  Read on for some tips to help avoid the itch that comes with Mosquito Bites...

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How To Avoid Mosquito Bites - Naturally

There are a variety of tactics for keeping mosquitoes from biting you but many involve potentially harmful chemicals like DEET or Pyrethroids.  Here are some natural methods to fight off mosquitoes:
 

Step 1: Use Mosquito Repelling Soap

Studies in the Journal of American Mosquito Control Association show that using Neem Oil and Coconut Oil mixed together will repel mosquitoes for up to 8 hours.  Good Nature offers a Neem Oil soap that in addition to Neem contains B Vitamins, Lemon Essential Oil, and Tea Tree Oil.  All of which have health benefits as well as mosquito repelling properties.  Why not use a healthy soap that also repels mosquitoes?  Note that this soap makes no claims of mosquito repelling, but I've found it to be helpful.

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Step 2: Consider a Natural Repellent

Instead of DEET, why not use something like "Bite Blocker" which is made from Geranium Oil and has been shown to be effective against mosquitoes. 
 

Step 3:  Eat Some Garlic

I've had mosquito repelling success by eating a clove of garlic prior to going out into a mosquito infested area.  I don't have any scientific data to support my next claim, but can say from experience that eating that clove of garlic seems to discourage others from "close talking" with me. 
 

Step 4:  Consider a Mosquito Yard Barrier Treatment

If you're in our service area, Good Nature can spray the living areas of your landscape with a natural Garlic Oil.  The smell dissipates quickly to the human nose, but mosquitoes will smell it for 2-4 weeks and avoid your landscape.  We've experienced about a 75% drop in mosquito populations. 

If you are outside of our service area, you can purchase our liquid garlic juice and apply it yourself with a pump sprayer.  Here's one client's feedback on our garlic spray:

"Thank you so much for the Mosquito spray for my event.  It worked wonderfully, not a single Mosquito bite! Kurt did an amazing job!!"

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Step 5:  Eliminate Standing Water

It takes mosquitoes about 8 days to go from an egg to adult, so you should empty any standing water areas you have at least once per week.
 

Step 6: Beer & Bananas

Some authorities on the subject believe that eating Bananas or drinking beer while you're (or prior to going) outside can make you more susceptible to mosquito bites.  So, if you're enjoying a few beers outside you might expect to be a little more attractive to mosquitoes.  You could try to get your hands on Garlic Breadth Beer, a Dogfish Head Beer brewed with garlic to see if the garlic repellent offsets the beer attractant...if you do this, please let us know how it goes! 
 

Step 7:  Protect Your Pets

If you're interested in protecting your pets from mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, one thing I've found helpful is a Neem Pet Shampoo made with certified organic neem oil.  Neem Oil will sooth their skin and reduce the itching associated with bites.  Neem Oil is an excellent insect repellent so there may be some repelling effect on fleas, ticks and mosquitoes as well.

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