How to Prevent Mosquito Bites

How to Prevent Mosquito Bites
This week I was on the soccer field and I felt the dreaded sting of a mosquito bite. It’s officially fall! How can these little critters still be out? When I was a child every year on the first day of school my peers and teachers would ask me I had chicken pox over the summer. Every year my answer was this: “No, those are mosquito bites.” To this day, if I walk outdoors in the evening those dang critters find me for their evening feast, and sadly my nine-year-old daughter is the same way. As for my husband and son, mosquitos use them as landing ports – bite free – before attacking us girls.

I recently came across an article called 31 Plants that Repel Mosquitoes. Excellent! I’m hitting Home Depot next spring. Lavender, lemon balm and pineapple weed make the list but there’s one problem, when I’m outdoors and when I travel it’s unlikely I will be carrying my pot of basil around with me. What is a walking, talking, breathing mosquito buffet to do?

Update: DEET is recommended for avoiding Mosquito Borne Viruses. This post was written before the dangers of Zika Virus were publicly known so you will get some alternative options. It’s true that I’ve never been a big fan of chemicals, especially when it comes to spraying them on my children with the chance of them inhaling the spray, but sometimes it’s a must when dealing with Mosquito Borne Viruses. Experts says DEET is your best choice for staying healthy. This following ad/products is an example/option:

Back to the original post: My daughter and I have been battling mosquitoes all summer but we’ve also been testing products to see what works. Luckily for us, anytime we’ve used the following products we haven’t attracted any bites. Maybe you will have the same luck. Here is what we recommend from firsthand experience on how to prevent mosquito bites:bites

Skin application. I fell in love with the Dr. Fedorenko True Organic Repel Bug Stick this summer months since the warm weather brings fewer clothes and more skin exposed and accessible for bugs to bite. This earthy-smelling stick isn’t cheap ($30) but is is completely organic – no chemicals, alcohol, or DEET and it is not petroleum based. It only takes one application of this deodorant-like stick for total protection from biting insects. My daughter loved this, too. We could walk, run, or bike around the lake bite free!

Clothes. Clothingbrands such as White Sierra have a line made with Insect Shield, a bug repellent. Not only do these clothes made insects bug-off, they’re cute and fashionable and come in a variety of styles from shirts to sweatshirts to pants and scarves. White Sierra clothes are perfect for evening block parties, concerts in park, or any other evening activity. I have this cute Bug Free Gauze Tunic Shirt and love it.

Hats. Hiking in certain regions, especially in a rainforest, can wreak havoc for the mosquito prone. Heck, even my head and face have been attacked. No Fly Zone hats will protect your head from sun and bugs. The Stetson hats with No Fly Zone (ARV $30-35). come in a classic Kaki color and several styles (sizes M, L, XL). Plus, you might feel kind of Indiana Jones-ish. A mosquito bite-free Indiana Jones, that is.

Light. The Thermacell Camp Lantern saves the day, or night rather, when you’re outdoors camping or even hanging out on your home deck. The lantern provides 50 hours of light on highest setting. I appreciate that it is water resistant if left outdoors. The mosquito repellent feature worked by creating a 15 ft. x 15 ft. zone of protection from biting pests in minutes by using a 12-hour Thermacell butane cartridge. The repellent is a synthetic copy of the natural repellent found in chrysanthemums. The best part: it is virtually odorless, silent and there is no open flame. This is now a staple on our back deck. I will also be toting this on our Girl Scout camping trip next summer. 

Thank you to these brands for sending me samples to try and protecting my daughter and I from our sworn enemy – the mosquito. This article includes affiliate links, which means we may earn a commission if you click the links and/or make a purchase.

55 Comments on "How to Prevent Mosquito Bites"

  1. Great tips! I’m so allergic to mosquitoes, it’s awful. 🙁

  2. Jennifer Miner | October 5, 2015 at 8:22 pm | Reply

    Dave and I were just talking about this post and trying to figure out how the camp lantern works…I though mosquitoes were attracted to our CO2. Whatever works!

    • It uses the same repellent that naturally occurs in chrysanthemum flowers. Pretty cool.

  3. Beth, you are absolutely hilarious.

    You won’t use DEET (meant to be applied to clothing) because “I’m not a big fan of chemicals, especially when it comes to spraying them on my children”, yet you will wear clothing and put clothing on your children that is laced with chemicals, namely, Insect Shield (probably permethrin) (good for 70 washing’s).

    You can use DEET without detrimental effects (if you don’t drink it and use as directed). Buy the 100% and use SPARINGLY. Less than one drop will cover your clothes from front to back and head to foot. More is NOT better. In this case, less is more.

    Henschel Hat Company ( makes a wide variety of “No Fly Zone” type hats in a range of colors, right here in the USA.

    You can save a ton of money by making your own “insect shield” clothing using the clothing you already own. Go to your local Tractor Supply or other farm and ranch store, saddle & tack shop or feed store and buy a pint of permethrin. Get the 100% stuff for about $15-20 and mix up a 10-15% solution with water in a large bucket. Take all of the clothing you want to insect proof (socks, undies, shirts, pants, etc.) and soak them good, then hang to dry. Once thoroughly dry, the clothes can be washed and worn as normal. Permethrin will last about 6 weeks and is good for multiple washing’s.

    One good thing about permethrin is that it kills ticks when they crawl across treated clothing, so treating socks and pants is a good idea. I’ve heard it will also kill other insects that crawl on treated clothing, but not all.

    • Thanks for the great tips! Indeed, the idea of the spray being inhaled freaks me out – like the recent warnings of spray sunscreen. But that’s the asthmatic in me speaking. I really appreciate your input. 🙂

  4. You do not ship overseas? I live in Thailand.

    • Use Lemon Grass… grind up and put In sealed glass jar leave In sun!!.When oil is formed dip fingers in and apply where-ever. Works 100% and grows free\wild here in Thailand! ( I am In Chiang Mai )

    • Paul
      I have used the coffee grinder attachment that came with blender here. It will look icky after a while ,don’t worry just keep adding ground grass as it shrinks In jar. I have used for over 14 years.
      I just keep adding more Grass.

    • Remember most of our food here uses Lemon Grass. You can use the stalks, stems or blade grass… Smells good also!

    • If you have small 2″ spray bottle, you could pour about one half inch oil I ad top off bottle with rubbing alcohol, leave room to shake up! now you have both oil ad Spray!

  5. Citronella in a spray bottle works a treat.

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  7. Mosquito is also my enemy, it always attack my legs and mouth -_- don’t know why but I often has a bite around my mouth. Thank you for your tips.

    • Hernando pareja | April 9, 2016 at 12:44 am |

      Mosquitos dont bote but sting,b
      Dont have teeth, how can they possi ly bite?


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  19. A few of the 31 repellant plants mentioned.More,pliz,so that i can check from our Ugandan flora.Thanks for the generosity!

  20. Try using cloves and dried lemon peels. Has been very effective and cheap. Take some few cloves say from 6 – 10 and few dried lemon peels. Burn them together using an incense burner. For effective results, close the doors and windows of your sitting room or bedroom. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work outdoors.

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  32. Thanks for this great article. I always find high value in the readers’ opinions. Also I thank David (October 26, 2015) for his input.
    I retired into a small farming town in Lebanon (Middle East) where mosquitoes thrive more than 4 months a year.
    When you hear someone saying: I’m allergic to mosquito bites. Think he or she might end up in the ER. When I’m bitten, the bite area swells, becomes red, hot, and quite painful. If not treated with cortisone (which affects my kidneys), might end up in the ER.
    Dear Beth Blair, I will take you article further and discuss it with my partners to establish a Mosquito Repellent Line.
    FYI, one of my four sons and I are sort of asthmatic.
    Best regards, Mohssen

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