There are several good ideas here:
First step is to eliminate standing water in your area because that is where they breed. Citronella is supposed to deter them. Fortunately we don't have a lot of them in our area and we have country staff that does mosquito control.
Combine the apple cider vinegar and an equal amount of water in a small spray bottle. Next, add in your chosen essential oil, noting that rosemary, lavender, and peppermint best complement the somewhat strong scent of the base. Give the bottle a good shake to finish.
If you are looking for something to apply to your body, use Avon's Skin So Soft, original scent.
Buy a citronella plant!
Hi Marianne - This is the most effective all-natural mosquito and bug spray DIY that we use. Hope this helps! Hugs, Holly
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