8 homemade repellents to eliminate mosquitoes

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Homemade and natural mosquito repellents can be used on the body, as in the case of the repellent with clavo de la India or zacate limón, used in the environment as with the vinegar or electronic repellent, wherever you can poner cáscara de limón, for example.

These homemade repellents can be used especially to prevent mosquito bites Aedes Aegypti, which transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya, the mosquitoes that cause malaria or yellow fever, in addition to los zancudos. However, it is necessary to take into account that the time of effectiveness of home repellents is relatively low, as it is necessary to apply them again with greater frequency than drug repellents.

Home repellents are also good options for people who don’t plan or can’t use chemical products, they can be used as a body or environmental repellent.

Body Repellents

Home repellents for the body can be used throughout the skin exposed to mosquitoes, such as arms, face and legs, however, care must be taken not to apply it too close to the eyes or mucous membranes such as the mouth or nose, which can cause irritation. In addition, it is recommended to wash hands after application to avoid accidental contact with eyes, mouth and nose.

Another important recommendation is to spray homemade repellents on clothes, because the mosquito picket can cross very thin fabrics, reaching the skin.

1. Clove repellent from India

The homemade repellent with clavo de la India is rich in eugenol, an essential oil with insecticidal properties that repels the mosquito Aedes aegypti which causes dengue, zika and chikungunya, in addition to flies and ants.

This homemade repellent can be used by teenagers and adults, including embarassed women, and the maximum duration of this repellent on the skin is 3 hours.


  • 500 ml of grain alcohol;
  • 10 g of cloves from India;
  • 100 ml of almond or mineral oil.

preparation method

Put the alcohol and the India clavo in a dark bottle with a lid, close to the light, for 4 days. Revolve it 2 times a day, in the morning and in the evening. Paste and add the oil, shaking lightly and place the repellent in a spray container.

This lotion can also be used on surfaces that have ants, since it is a good way to lighten them. If the ants are in the sugar, all you can do is apply a few drops inside the sugar.

2. Eucalyptus oil repellent

The homemade eucalyptus oil repellent contains menthol glycol, which is a natural mosquito repellent, including Aedes aegyptiand también de las garrapatas as Borrelia burgdorferi that causes Lyme disease.

This repellent can be used by children aged 3 years and older and its duration is up to 6 hours.


  • 15 drops of eucalyptus oil;
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons of almond oil or mineral oil;
  • ¼ cup of water.

preparation method

Mix the ingredients and place in a spray bottle. Apply the solution on the skin and every 6 hours. This repellent solution can also be used in the environment.

3. Limon zacate repellent

The homemade repellent of zacate limón, also known as citronella, is made from the essential oil of this plant and contains citronellal, citronellol and geraniol in its composition with insecticidal properties against dengue mosquito, malaria and yellow fever, in addition to zancudo.

The duration of this repellent is 2 hours and can cause eye irritation or skin allergy and should not be used by embarazadas, children and people with high pressure.


  • 5 drops of essential oil of zacate limón;
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or sunflower seed oil.

preparation method

Mix the ingredients and place them in a spray container. Apply it on the skin, spreading it in areas exposed to mosquitoes such as arms and legs. Avoid applying on the face and washing hands after application to avoid accidental contact with eyes, mouth and nose.

El zacate limón can be used in candles or diffusers to kill mosquitoes.

4. Lavender repellent

This repellent, with essential lavender oil, can be used as a homemade repellent for babies, from 2 months of age to prevent the bite of the mosquito from dengue, zika and chikungunya, in addition to zancudos.

The homemade repellent with lavender calms and hydrates the skin, and the action time is approximately 3 hours. This homemade repellent should not be used by embarazadas.


  • 1 pack of 150 ml of moisturizing cream;
  • ​1 tablespoon of lavender essential oil.

preparation method

In a glass container, mix very well the moisturizing cream and the oil, then mix in a clean and dry bottle. Apply daily in all areas of the body exposed to the mosquito.

5. Cat Mint Repellent

Cat’s mint is a medicinal plant that contains nepetalactone, a component of this essential oil with insecticidal action against the mosquito Aedes aegypti cause of dengue, zika and chikungunya, and against the malaria mosquito.

This homemade repellent is with essential oil from this plant and has a maximum action time of up to 7 hours. The cat mint repellent should not be used by embarazadas or children.


  • ½ teaspoon of essential oil of cat mint;
  • 1 cup of almond oil.

preparation method

Mix the ingredients and place in a spray bottle. Apply on the skin and spread. Wash your hands after the application.

Repellents for environments

Homemade repellents for environments can be used in the form of a spray, applied in places where the mosquito can enter, such as windows or doors, or used in environmental electronic devices.

Some homemade and natural environmental repellent options are:

1. Repellent with vinegar

The homemade repellent with vinegar is a good option to eliminate the mosquito of dengue, zika and chikungunya, it must be used only in the environment.


  • 1 cup of vinegar;
  • 1 cup of water.

preparation method

Mix the ingredients and place in an atomizer. Apply the solution in windows and doors.

2. Fly repellent

An example of a homemade repellent for flies is to put the clavo de la India in the mitad of a lemon or an orange.

The clavo de la India has properties that irritate insects and these properties are potentiated in contact with these citrus fruits.


  • 10 g of cloves de la India;
  • 1 orange or 1 lemon.

preparation method

Put the clavos in India on the outside of the fruit and leave the aire libre. To enhance the effect, you can cut the orange or lemon for the mitad and spread the clavos in the interior. In addition, if you can express a little the fruit, the yoke becomes more evident and has greater action together with the clavos.

3. Electronic repellent

A good homemade repellent against mosquitoes and other insects is to use the lemon peel or orange peel in the electronic repellent, instead of the repellent tablets that you use.

This repellent may not be enough to kill mosquitoes, so it is also recommended to use a repellent on the skin.


  • 1 rectangular piece of lemon or orange peel;
  • 1 repellent electronic device.

preparation method

Put the lemon or orange peel in the electronic repellent where repellent tablets are usually placed. Change every day the lemon or orange peel.

In addition to these natural repellents, there are also some commercial repellents such as el Off, which can be used by children and children and help protect them against mosquito bites. See other advice in the continuation video:

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