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How to Make Your Own DIY Mosquito Repellent Device

updated May 6, 2019
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Mosquitos keeping you up at night? Here’s a creative, eco-friendly, non-toxic way to keep your home mosquito free! And it also doubles up as a pleasant fragrance while keeping those bloodsuckers away…

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You need never buy refills for your plug-in mosquito killer again, nor worry about what toxins and chemicals are being expelled into the air by sprays or smoke coils.

Tried and tested…the peel of an orange or tangerine, cut into the shape of the refill, does a perfect job as an insect repellent (orange peel extract is used in spray solutions). Orange oil is pretty fragrant, as anyone who stands in the same room when someone is peeling citrus may notice. Just place the peel in the slot, plug in the mosquito killer and enjoy a peaceful sleep guarded by a non-chemical solution!

What You’ll Need

  • a plug-in mosquito killer device
an orange

  • a knife
a used refill to use as a template
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  • The first thing you’ll do is peel the orange. Try avoid getting too much of the white part. Set aside flesh (or just eat it), as you’ll be using the peel.
  • Cut the peel into a rectangle to fit the plug-in device, or, if you’re a perfectionist, use the old refill as a template to cut around.
  • Place your refill-sized piece of orange peel into the slot of the plug-in device and plug it in.
  • Enjoy a peaceful sleep.