Mosquitoes are one of the world’s most harmful pests and
seemingly indestructible pests, and for years on end
Singapore’s National Environment Agency have been trying to
put these pests under control. It is however a losing fight
if the citizens of Singapore themselves don’t join the
fight. One of the most effective factors that affect
mosquitoes either positively or negatively is scent, and
most mosquito repellants rely on this. However, some
mosquito repellents are not only harmful to mosquitoes but
to human beings as well. So, what smells do mosquitoes hate?
Mosquitoes hate garlic and everything associated with it,
including smell. To be a repellant against mosquitoes,
incorporate garlic in your diet, and mosquitoes will avoid
you. If you don’t like the taste of garlic don’t worry, you
can just crush it and rub the fluid on your body; that will
turn these bloodsucking pests away too. If that is still an
unfavorable option for you, buy minced garlic and sprinkle
it at a distance of at least 3 feet from your bed. That way
you keep mosquitoes off you without using much money and
without putting your health at risk.
Catnip is associated with a unique order that makes it very
attractive to cats. The essential oil behind this odor is
known as nepetalactone. This odor is however not only
attractive to cats, but has also been proven to be ten times
more repellant to mosquitoes compared to DEET, the
commercial mosquito repellant. Comparing the capabilities of
the two repellants, and putting into consideration that DEET
is harmful to brain cells, Catnip is definitely a better
option. You can repel mosquitoes by growing Catnip in your
compound or by applying Catnip essential oil on your body.
You are guaranteed not to come into contact with mosquitoes
at any given time, and if you like cats, you just might find
several coming around.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is one of the most used mosquito repellant.
It also smells nice and is believed to have a number of
healing properties. There are a lot of vendors and beauty
shops selling Lavender essential oil in Singapore and as
such, you are guaranteed of finding some at an affordable
price. Just rub it on your body and you will not only smell
good, you will also be mosquito proof.
4. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Research conducted on this oil’s capability to ward off
mosquitoes showed that it worked in a similar manner to
mosquito repellants containing low concentrations of DEET,
but without the health risks that come with DEET. It’s
widely available, and all it takes to make you intangible is
applying it on your body. You will keep off mosquitoes,
smell nice and get the benefits that come with applying
lemon eucalyptus oil on your skin, getting three benefits
all at the same time without parting with much money.
5. Neem Oil
Neem oil is used in the manufacturing of many cosmetic
products, including soap, hair, and body creams. It is not
only a beauty product ingredient, but also as a pest
repellant, repelling a lot of pests, including mosquitoes.
To use this oil as a mosquito repellant, all you have to do
is use any of the cosmetics products on your body. Even
though all of them have been proven to work, body creams
have a longer lasting effect. It also has some additional
benefits like treatment of skin diseases, so it’s a win-win
The scent that Citronella gives off has been proven to be an
effective mosquito repellant. There are a lot of mosquito
repellant products made from citronella, but among them,
there are some that may have no effect at all on mosquitoes.
They may even increase the risk of mosquito bites. Why?
Mosquitoes generally like sweet smells, and as such, if your
goal is to repel mosquitoes, make sure the Citronella
product you buy is not made with fragrance oil. Dilute this
oil with a carrier oil and apply it on your body and you are
guaranteed of safety from mosquito bites.
All these smells have been scientifically proven to have
mosquito repellant properties, and they are not only
affordable but also widely available in Singapore. However,
to avoid your efforts going to waste, avoid using products
that make your blood attractive to mosquitoes, like beer for