Hey Mosquitos…Suck THIS! Bite Prevention & Remedies

Hey Mosquitos…Suck THIS! Bite Prevention & Remedies

Most everything I do is excessive. I don’t just have a pleasant conversation, I throw my arms around, support every statement with a personal story, and talk like I’ve just eaten a handful of speed. I’ve never just had a “job”. I end up living, breathing and owning it. I have trouble buying just one of something. If one’s good, four is probably best. I’ve tried changing this probable mental malfunction,  but  have now pretty much accepted that it’s just how I’m wired.

Apparently the same over the top mind signal that controls my personality also speaks to my body instructing it to perform in overdrive. I’m either too fat or too thin, I’m either full of energy or I’m exhausted. I don’t just have allergies, I get full on asthma. (Okay, Pat, they get it. See how I am?)

Hey Mosquitos, suck THIS! Bite Prevention and Remedies

So when it comes to mosquitoes, (after circling for two paragraphs, this is where I come in for the final landing), they LOVE me. I swear to GOD they do a fly by to assess the group of people I’m with, then single me out of the crowd.  People used to think I was paranoid until a few years ago when the hubs (Paul) and I went camping. Standing in the woods right next to each other, he wasn’t bothered, but there was a swarm of them around me. When we went to Mexico, had it not been for the huge swollen bites on my legs, and the uncontrollable need to scratch them, it would have been one of my best vacations ever. The hotter it got, the more I’d sweat, and the more they itched. I came home with my legs covered in scabs. Paul had umm… ONE. My body reacts stupidly and extreme (big surprise) to mosquito bites with crazy-making itching and ridiculously massive swelling. Obvs, I avoid mosquitoes like the plague.

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My suspicions that I’m a mosquito magnet were confirmed when I did some research and learned some pretty interesting  facts, especially how mosquitoes choose their victims…

Who are Mosquitoes Most Attracted To?

  • One in 10 people are highly attractive to mosquitoes
  • Genetics account for 85% of our susceptibility to mosquito bites
  • People with high concentrations of steroids or cholesterol on their skin surface attract mosquitoes (people who process cholesterol efficiently have residue left on their skin)
  • Mosquitoes target people who produce excess amounts of certain acids, such as uric acid
  • Any type of carbon dioxide is attractive. Large people give off more of this (adults as opposed to small children)
  • Mosquitoes sense movement. Exertion, causes you to breathe heavily and they can smell the increased carbon dioxide. Activity triggers your sweat glands which produce lactic acid. You’re a dead man!
  • Only females bite (bitches!)

So I need to be stick thin, sit perfectly still, and not breathe or sweat. Right.

Nope. This year I’m going to be prepared. I’m going to pull out all the stops and enjoy my summer evenings not being a prisoner of sticky bug sprays, or legs caked with patches of pink, cracked Calamine lotion.

Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

First off, I’m arming my deck. I love to sit outside and read in the evenings. I learned that mosquitoes hate the smell of certain plants. Out of a long list I found, I’ve picked the ones below (that I can also use for seasoning) to plant in pots scattered all over my deck. (I’ve heard you can also crush their leaves and rub them on your clothes – but not directly on your skin).

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DIY Mosquito Traps

I’ve heard of varied success level with these, but I’m going to give them a shot anyway. (click pictures for directions).

Soda Bottle Mosquito Trap

soda bottle mosquito trap

Source: Instructables


Lightbulb and Dishsoap Mosquito Trap

Homemade Mosquito Repellants

I’m trying both of these. If one works, I will be wearing a spray bottle full of it as a fashion accessory this summer.

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1/4 cup vegetable oil mixed with these essential oils
5 drops eucalyptus
4 drops lavender
2 drops rosemary
2 drops juniper
1 drop peppermint
1 drop cinnamon
1 drop clove


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2 cups witch hazel
1 teaspoon vegetable glycerin
20 drops citronella essential oil
20 drops lemongrass essential oil


If any of those little suckers manage to penetrate my barriers and get to me, I’ve found some homemade concoctions to help take the itch out of those bites.

Easy Homemade Mosquito Bite Anti-Itch Remedies

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Quick-grabs. Pick your poison below and apply to the bite as soon as possible. (One or all of these will be within arms reach this summer).

  1. A dry bar of soap rubbed over it.
  2. A dab of nail polish
  3. A squirt of toothpaste
  4. Scotch tape
  5. Hot (as hot as you can stand it) water. (I used to use this little trick to keep from scratching my eczema).
  6. A piece of cotton soaked with mouthwash
  7. Ice cube or ice pack.
  8. Honey
  9. Solid or roll-on deodorant
  10. Rubbing Alcohol.
  11. Ammonia
  12. Bleach
  13. Hot tea bag, or cotton soaked in hot tea. [/note]

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Pastes. Apply nice and thick, to the skin ASAP

  1. Baking soda and Water
  2. Meat Tenderizer and Water
  3. Salt and Water
  4. Epsom Salt and Water
  5. Crushed Aspirin and Water
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I treasure our time away and hated camping until I discovered it’s actually a free pass to do exactly what I feel like doing guilt-free, so I get a little pissy if anyone or anything interferes with that time. Mosquitoes have turned me into a raging bitch on more than one camping trip. So along with all of the above ammo, I’m going to try these Pinterest ideas to keep the little bastards from screwing with me.

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Photo Credit: Garden Therapy

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And there you have it. I honestly am miserable when the mosquitoes are out, and being a huge fan of sun, summer and camping, I will try anything to keep from being bit. I would so appreciate, and will try, any tricks you use and will share. Thank you in advance for passing them on to me!

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DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation

DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation

elminate-ants-diy-and-exterWe’ve got ants. A lot of them.

Holy frick! These mother-lovers multiply so freaking quickly, it makes my head spin.

I went near our organized pantry tonight to grab a snack a healthy treat and saw a bunch of ants marching one by one. Ummm…NO! I hate bugs especially if there are a lot of them. I get all psycho when a bug comes near me. In my house…crazy pants are ON! I’m going to kill these suckers and get rid of their nest. No way will they take over the inside of my house.

Sure, there’s probably sticky apple juice somewhere on the floor that I’ve missed or a leftover chip tucked in a corner but that’s not enough to bring the outside in.

After doing a little research on Pinterest for DIY ant killers and some looking around online, I found some quick and easy tricks.

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Just grab your grinder or average black pepper shaker and shake it where you see ants.

You can even put some near their entry point.

Avoid the “in the house” part altogether. (Source: Small Notebook)

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If you have pets or kids, skip this step. If not, mix some bleach with water.

Make a light solution and fill cracks and crevices.

If you have carpet or, really, anything nice – skip this. So, really, this isn’t a great idea.


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Eliminate from the nest. Boil them out. It’s a free solution.

Pour it into the anthill. Do this multiple times. Seems easy. I haven’t tried it.DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation | organized CHAOS online

1 cup of water

2 cups of sugar

2T of Borax

Mix and get rid of the ants. (Source: Crafterhours)DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation | organized CHAOS online

Ants don’t like strong scents.

You can make your house smell good and deter ants by placing cinnamon sticks

in your pantry (eh-hem, note to me), doorways, kitchen, closets, drawers, etc.DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation | organized CHAOS online

Cloves work the same way cinnamon sticks do. They are fragrant and ants no-likey.

(Source: Small Notebook)

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I seriously love the smell of eucalyptus. I think I was supposed to be a koala. Gah, that sounds so stupid.

Place this in the doorways, near a window, etc to deter the ants. They don’t like the smell of this,  either.DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation | organized CHAOS online

Same deal as the cinnamon, cloves and eucalyptus. Mint is fragrant.

How great would it be to have this planted at your front door?

Your guests would think your house smelled soooo good! Ants not so much.

DIY Ant Killer & Exterminator Recommendation | organized CHAOS onlineI was chatting with an exterminator in my neighborhood (yeah, I really know how to have a good time) and he was telling me that, at his house, he uses DuPont Advion. He recommended purchasing it on Amazon (LINK HERE). Mint, cinnamon, eucalyptus and borax is fine and good but I’m going to gel these suckers OUT OF MY HOUSE!

I had to share while I’m obsessing over getting rid of ants. No bug (big or small) will take over my house. I live in the south so it feels like a losing battle. Bless my hearrrrrt.

Comment below with your recommendations.

Have you tried any of these or do you have BETTER ideas?

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