Homemade Catnip Spray Repels Mosquitoes Better Than Deet
While we’re a society that runs for the can of Off! Bug Repellent at the sight of a gnat, research shows that Catnip is 10 times more effective at warding off mosquitoes than deet! Deet is found in most bug sprays and toted at the leading bug repellent.
Catnip possesses nepetalactone, an essential oil that gives the plant it’s odor. It’s napatalactone that wards off blood sucking mosquitoes. The same group of researchers that found this essential oil repels these insects found that it also wards off cockroaches. Entomologist Chris Peterson, Ph. D. and Joel Coats, Ph. D., tested catnip against yellow fever mosquitoes. They believe that catnip will repel all types or mosquitoes.
“It might simply be acting as an irritant or they don’t like the smell,” Peterson said that why catnip repels the insects is a true mystery.
How to Grow Catnip
Catnip is fairly easy to grow. it’s a perennial herb related to mint and grows as a weed and commercially cultivated plant in most of the U.S. Some people have even planted it in their gardens to ward off unwanted pests. If you’re a cat owner, it’s suggested that you grow other plants to keep mosquitoes away, such as Citronella, Horsemint, Marigolds or Ageratum.
How to Make Natural Mosquito Repellent Spray with Catnip
To make your own Mosquito Repellent Spray with Catnip, you will need:
- 2 cups of Stemmed Catnip
- 3 to 4 cups of Mild Rice Vinegar
- Sealed Jar
Directions: Rinse your herbs and roll them lightly with a rolling pin. Place these in a clean jar and cover with the vinegar. Seal the jar and put it in a dark cupboard for two weeks, slightly shaking the mixture every day. After two weeks, strain the repellent into a clean jar, seal and refrigerate for up to six months.
To use, spray the Homemade Mosquito Repellent on your skin and outdoor area. Some people recommend spraying the Catnip Spray on your clothing because it is even safer for your skin and lasts longer.