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Mosquitoes, Finding Natural Oils as Repellents

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Mosquitoes are one of the most irritating and annoying insects. This little devil can turn a fun day or warm evening spent sitting outdoors with friends into an irritating experience. 

Most of the over the counter repellents are often full of chemicals that are harmful to the human body and some merely don't work. The best way to deal with them is to avoid them by figuring out exactly what attracts mosquitoes and what does not. As they say prevention is better than cure. Make sure that you don't allow mosquitoes to thrive around you. 

One of the things that attract them is wearing clothing that is dark. This is because these annoying insects are able to visually see dark items better from a distance than they can see lighter objects. When you're in an area where there are sure to be the little critters, try to wear light colored clothing. Another thing to which the mosquito is attracted is perfume or other products that are flowery and fruity in smell. 

Try to avoid wearing perfume when there is the potential for them to be in the area. They are also attracted to the smell of perspiration. This means that if you're in an area where there are mosquitoes, and you've been exercising and sweating, you're likely to attract these insects to your body. They are also drawn to open water, in particular water that has been standing and stagnant for some time. If you're going to be around open water for some period of time you'll want to protect yourself ahead of time so that you can avoid those nasty mosquito bites. 

You'll be able to find many mosquito repellents that you can use on your skin, or around you, that will keep these insects at bay. However, most of these repellents contain large amounts of chemicals that can be toxic to you. There are several other methods that you can attempt to use that naturally will keep mosquitoes near you to a minimum. 

Some of the best repellents are natural oils. Some of the most effective natural oils are rosemary, cedar, lemongrass, citronella, castor, peppermint, clove, and geranium oils. Put a few drops of one of these oils on your temples, wrists, behind your knees, on your neck, and along your shoulders to keep the mosquitoes away. These natural oils irritate mosquitoes and prevent them from landing on your skin. 

Other natural ingredients that seem to have some affect at keeping mosquitoes to a minimum are garlic oils, the scent of cinnamon and allspice, and the oil from the pennyroyal plant. If you're going to be using any of these natural products it's important to keep in mind that you need to reapply them often. This is so that they remain strong smelling on your skin. 

Be careful that your skin doesn't become irritated. If you do develop redness or a rash you'll have to discontinue the use of the natural oil. These natural oils work best on their own and if you use them in combination with other lotions etc they may not work their magic as their smell get lost in the other smell. You will have to careful if you want to combine these natural oils with any other lotion. 

If all else fails you may have to resort to using a strong mosquito repellent that contains some chemicals. All you can do is limit the amount of time that you spend outdoors so that you're using the repellent as little as possible. 

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Author: Jack Red Murphy

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