Traditional Mosquito Repellent? The mosquitoes in my yard have been so vicious this summer that I decided to purchase some catnip oil and try it out. Catnip oil doesn't come cheap. It was $16 at my local food coop for a small dropper bottle. Mosquito specific blends are available online for about the same price, but I decided to purchase locally. First attempt: I diluted the oil for more economical coverage - 10 drops to one ounce of water - and applied it to my legs and arms. I then went out to my vegetable garden, where the mosquitoes seem to live, and was promptly "eaten alive". It did not work. Second attempt: A few days later I decided to try again, this time at full strength. Back to the garden, and it worked like a charm! It has the slight odor of alcohol as that's what it's dissolved in but its no worse than that of deet. Grow Your Own Not only does catnip work against mosquitoes, but the plant that produces it a great visual addition for a functional yard scape. The plant you need is a perennial herb called Nepeta cataria. If you can't find it at your local nursery, various online seed companies carry it.
There are a few recipes online but here is one I'd like to try: Catnip and Rosemary Mosquito Chasing Oil
- 2 cups catnip, stemmed
- 1 cup rosemary, cut in 6-inch sprigs
- 2 cups grapeseed oil or any light body-care oil