9 Ways to Show Those Mosquitoes Who's Boss

Some tips and product recommendations to deal with those irritating mosquito bites.

by Emma Chung | Fri, August 11, 2017

Mosquitoes are a nightmare for everyone. We worry about our babies getting bitten while they sleep, our kids becoming a meal as they run around in the grass, or our own ankles as we sit on the balcony enjoying a glass of wine in the evening and feel that all too familiar itch. We understand the struggle, and we are here to help. Here are some tips and product recommendations on how to prevent and deal with mosquito bites. 

Repellents that Really Work

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1. Green Forest Mosquito Repellent

A favorite amongst locals, this camouflage-packaged mosquito repellent directly translates into “Green Forest” and claims to repel mosquitos for 13 hours. We are not sure how the name relates to the product use, but if we can camouflage ourselves against mosquitoes, we're in!

2. Mosquitout

An Italian imported product, it claims to repel mosquitoes for up to 12 hours. The product is DEET free and contains wild tomato and eucalyptus extract for an all-natural alternative for the entire family. Apply product onto clothing and you are mosquito free.

3. Soffell Insect Repellent

This insect repellent is popular in Southeast Asia for its ability to fight mosquitoes that thrive in the tropical region. The repellent comes in two scents, orange and floral, so you don’t have to worry about smelling like pungent harsh chemicals.

Alternatives to Repellents

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For those who would rather stay away from applying chemical repellents and sprays onto the skin, there are plenty of different non-spray repellents out there. Here are some of our favorites. 

4. Mosquito Repellent Stickers

These mosquito repellent stickers contain repelling properties that really do work. We recommend sticking them to a couple of different spots about your person - e.g to your shirt, shorts/skirt and shoes to ensure full coverage. Also stick them to the outside of baby's crib and to the side of your headboard to avoid getting bitten at night.

5. Repelling Bracelets

Another mosquito repellent alternative to chemical sprays are bracelets. These work similarly to the stickers except they contain an enclosed amount of mosquito repellent in the bracelet. These ones come in multiple colors so you can coordinate with your outfit!

6. Essential Oils

Essential oils contain anti-everything properties including a fragrance that repels mosquitoes as well as relieving itchiness and swelling if you do get bitten. Oils such as lavender, cinnamon, thyme, basil, lemon, tea tree, and eucalyptus work well, with a higher amount of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Drop a few drops of oil onto a damp cloth and rub it all over exposed parts of the body and you are good to go!

Natural remedies to stop the itching if you do get bitten...

We all know we could reach for the generic anti-itch creams. However, there alternatives that you may just have lying around the house!

7. Lemon

We all know lemon does wonders for our digestion and is high in vitamin C, but did you know its anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties make it useful for treating mosquito bites too?

How to: rub the pulp of a lemon slice on the affected area.

8. Minced Onion or Garlic

Have left over minced onion or garlic from making pasta? If so, rub them on your mosquito bites! The strong smell and anti-inflammatory properties help reduce swelling and repel mosquitoes to protect from future bites.  

How to: Rub on the affected area, leave for a few minutes, then wash off.

9. Oats

The skin benefits of oats have been known since 2000 BC when the Egyptians and Arabs regularly took oat baths. We aren’t going to take a bathe in oats anytime soon, but we are going to use them to treat mosquito bites. Its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties helps reduce itchiness.

How to: Mix 1 tablespoon of ground oats with 3 tablespoons of water until it forms a thick paste. Apply the paste to affected areas and allow to dry completely before washing off.

We've also heard that if you regularly take Vitamin B you may find you get bitten much less! Worth a shot!