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When exploring the wilderness, one of the most important skills to learn is how to get rid of mosquitoes and insect bites.

Repelling insects is one of the major concerns when you’re outdoors, especially if you’re in an area where there’s a grave mosquito problem.

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In this article:

  1. Mosquito Repellent Plants
    1. Sage
    2. Lemon Balm
    3. Citronella Leaves
    4. Peppermint
    5. Catnip
  2. Other Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes
    1. Apply Mud on Your Skin
    2. Mosquito Netting
    3. Smudge Fire
    4. Permethrin

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes: Avoid Bug Bites Outdoors

Mosquito Repellent Plants

1. Sage

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Sage is a popular choice for naturally repelling mosquitoes and other insects. There’s a high chance of finding sage in the woods and once you do, burn a bundle of it to get rid of those annoying bugs and prevent them from biting you.


2. Lemon Balm

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Lemon balm is another herb you can use to repel mosquitoes and other bugs. You can rub the lemon balm leaves onto your skin or throw them into your campfire to drive away unwanted visitors.

Lemon balm is common in the wild, but if you don’t want to go through the trouble of searching for one, there are also lemon balm in pots you can buy. Bring the leaves to your next outdoor adventure to help keep the mosquitoes away.

3. Citronella Leaves

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You probably tried burning citronella candles before to ward off mosquitoes from your home. How did it go? Burning the leaves of the actual plant while outdoors will also have a similar effect.

The aroma of burnt citronella leaves masks the scent in humans that attract mosquitoes. Thus, no enticing scent, no lingering mosquitoes.

4. Peppermint

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Due to its active ingredients, peppermint can help drive away insects including mosquitoes.

Bruise the peppermint leaves to get their natural oil and rub it onto your skin. Bugs like mosquitoes don’t like the peppermint scent so it helps ward bugs off. Plus, its menthol ingredient has a cooling effect on the skin which helps relieve insect bites if you have already got bitten.

Peppermint has an invasive nature that’s why if there’s a peppermint plant previously cultivated in an area, it will continue to populate for a number of years. This perennial plant can be commonly found growing wild.

5. Catnip

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Catnip is another plant we know to effectively keep bugs at bay. Just like the other plants listed above, you can bruise the catnip leaves and rub them directly onto your skin.

You can also infuse the bruised leaves in oil before rubbing them on the skin. But since it’s unlikely you’ll bring olive oil with you in the wilderness, you can just grab a handful of leaves to rub on your exposed skin.

You can also hang catnips around your survival shelter to help drive mosquitoes away.

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Other Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

The dangers mosquitoes bring is a big cause of concern around the world and should not be ignored. We can’t reiterate enough wearing the right clothing is your first line of defense against those pesky bugs.

Apart from that, there are also other ways on how to get rid of mosquitoes and other insects while you’re exploring the wild.

6. Apply Mud on Your Skin


While many may find this extreme, knowing all possible options is still the best when you want to survive the outdoors.

If by any chance you failed to dress up appropriately, you can cover your skin with mud as an alternative. This will help repel mosquitoes as well as biting black flies.

7. Mosquito Netting

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Mosquito netting can be easily packed in your bug-out bag. You can even conveniently carry it in a pocket as you head out into the wilderness.

Set up the net where you’ll rest or sleep, but make sure not to press your body against the netting since mosquitoes may be able to bite you through the small holes. You can also use netting hats to protect your face from insect bites while you’re wandering outdoors.

Wearing a netting hat may have a few blind spots though, so you need to be more cautious, especially if you are in a place where wild animals can be a threat.

8. Smudge Fire

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A smudge fire helps in repelling mosquitoes because of the smoke it produces. Build a smudge fire using moist woods. You can also use termite-damaged wood or tree smokes like pine.

Using sagebrush, wormwood, and cedar boughs for your smudge fire is also a great idea. Mosquitoes hate the aroma from these tinders, so it will effectively ward off those pesky pests.

9. Permethrin

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Permethrin is both an insecticide and repellent. You can treat your clothes, shoes, and survival gears with this to drive away and kill mosquitoes and other bugs.

One thing I like about permethrin is its long-lasting effects compared to other mosquito repellents. Plus, it doesn’t just repel those pesky bugs, it kills them as well.

What is permethrin? It is a synthetic insecticide with the same properties as the natural extracts of the chrysanthemum flower which helps kill mosquitoes.

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Dressing properly is, without a doubt, your best bet to guarding yourself against mosquitoes and other insects. Wearing the right clothing is likely your best armor against pesky bugs.

But among these nine ways to get rid of mosquitoes, using permethrin would be my personal recommendation. I’ve tried treating my clothes and gear with this insecticide on one of my camping trips and it effectively did the job of keeping me bite-free!

Which of these plants are your go-to mosquito repellent?

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  3. Michael Crowley

    April 11, 2019 at 7:58 PM

    One prevention before you go to the bug infested area is to take a daily Vitamin B6 supplement. It changes your smell to the bugs. If you stay on a daily basis for about 2 weeks beforehand you will nearly be mosquito free for your whole trip. I used this on a 5 day trip, where others got multiple bites a day even with their bug spray, I got 2 or 3 the whole week.

  4. TharSheBlows

    August 15, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Mosquitos prefer type “O” Blood. Create the habitat in your BOL surroundings to attract dragon flies, as they eat 30 times their weight a day in mosquitos. Also go learn how to build BAT Houses. Really simple. flat structure with 3 to 4 baffles about 3/4″ separation between each, and score some scratch marks in the sides of the baffles for the bats to hold on to and hang. This bat house needs to be about 15 Ft off the ground as the bats exit the bat house they drop about 5 to 6 feet before they get flight wings to start flying. The Bat House height is high so predators can’t reach the next or upon dropping out to get their flight wings going. They eat thousands of mosquitos a day. Build it and they will come. Try to skip the chemical genocide assault on the entire ecosystem. Try the natural smart eco friendly methods first. Problem with mice, get a barn cat.

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