A few years ago a guy from Louisiana told me that the dryer sheets of a certain brand were excellent mosquito repellants: just attach one to a hat or a couple to a tent to keep all sorts of bugs away. Naturally, i don't remember which brand or how well it worked. Does anyone know of such a thing?
(In any case, I could use all the home remedies to ward off the seasonal pests as possible.)
The dryer sheet that does that is "Bounce" It has to be the original smelling Bounce too in the orange box. You can rub the dryer sheet on your arms and legs, neck and face. It's good for small children and babies.
I even tuck them in shoes to keep them fresh smelling.
You can get mosquito repellers that emit a high-frequency sound. Depending who you ask, they are designed to mimic the sound of a male mosquito, which scares away the females (females are the ones that bite). Alternately some manufacturers claim that their repellers mimic the sound of a dragonfly - the mosquito's natural enemy.
They do not always work. In fact it depends on the species of mosquito you're dealing with. Some are repelled, others aren't.
There are 2 excellent natural ways to keep mosquitoes in control, which is a concern here in Ontario where the West Nile Virus is an annual health concern. 1) drain all standing water where they breed. 2) get some bat houses and encourage bats to nest near your home.