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Natural Mosquito Repellent
There are natural alternatives to hash, chemical insect repellents made with DEET. Mosquitoes are attracted to the following items:
Natural insect repellents use the essential oils from plants as a base. Common plant oils include:
These plants can be used simply by crushing the leaves and stems and rubbing the oil on key areas like behind the ears and knees, inside the elbows and on the ankles. One of our favorite patio restaurants, hangs bags of crushed cloves around their patio all summer. It helps to keep both bees and mosquitoes away from the paying guests. If you apply mosquito repellent to your clothing, it will usually last longer, than directly on your skin. Check a small piece of clothing first to ensure the repellent doesn't stain.
Here's a recipe from GreenPlanet:
Easy Natural Insect Repellent - 1
Here are a couple more examples, using Catnip, from eHow:
Easy Natural Insect Repellent - Catnip
One final reminder: natural alternatives initially may be just as effective as DEET-based sprays, however they do not last as long. Reapply often, especially if you are sweating.
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