Put These Bug-Repelling Mason Jars Outside and You Might Not See a Mosquito All Summer Long

We are all eagerly waiting for the summer to come. However, along with it come the pesky mosquitoes and there is nothing more annoying. When they are constantly around us we can’t really enjoy outdoor activities, and with the recent Zika virus there is one more reason to ward off these insects.

Although there is a  huge choice for bug sprays that are effective at keeping mosquitoes away, most of them contain a very harmful chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide).

DEET has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from mild side effects such as skin irritation or allergic reactions, and more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference.

Fortunately, there is another option that is effective and harmless at the same time. You can make your own bug repellent with essential oils like these:

Lemon eucalyptus essential oil : It is extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree and it has  proved to be highly effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Citronella essential oil, extracted from lemon grass, also has a strong scent that wards off mosquitoes and other flying insects.

One study also found that substances produced by the peel of common citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, tangerines and grapefruits are all effective at repelling mosquitoes.

Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars

An effective, and aesthetically pleasing, method of using essential oils and citrus fruits as mosquito repellent is through the use of mason jars.  Here is everything that you’ll need to make your own mason jar bug repellents:

  • 2 mason jars
  • 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
  • Floating disc candles


  • Add an even amount of slices of lemon and lime to each jar
  • Put 2 sprigs or rosemary into each jar (optional)

  • Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
  • Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)

  • Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full

If you want to activate the natural mosquito repellents , just light a candle. These jars act as a nice decoration for   gardens, porches, campfires, backyards or any other outdoor places where people (and mosquitoes) like to spend time.

Source: nativestoday.com

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