Do Certain Foods Deter Mosquitoes From Biting You?

Mosquitoes suck…literally! It’s the summer and mosquitoes are biting like crazy. You want to spend the summer swimming and socializing, not slapping and scratching. Plus mosquitoes also carry horrible diseases and nothing ruins a swimsuit body like the Zika virus. Instead of spending money on an insect repellent that’s chocked full of chemicals, are there certain foods you can eat to make mosquitoes bypass instead of bite?



Many think garlic repels mosquitoes thanks to its strong odor. However, studies have shown that mosquitoes aren’t vampires. They don’t care how many stinking roses you put down, they’ll still suck your blood.

While garlic doesn’t seem to attract mosquitoes, it does not seem to deter them either.


Apple Cider Vinegar

It is said that mosquitoes don’t care for the smell of apple cider vinegar, so a good way to repel these flying nuisances is to take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day.

I’m not sure what army used this trick or why this army had such a surplus of vinegar but the science behind this is bunk. So save the vinegar for the pickles, because the skeeters will bite you either way.


Cayenne Pepper

Some people take cayenne pepper and mix it with water to create a natural bug repellent. They put it in a bottle and spray liberally all over their body to repel insects.

Then those people continue to get eaten away by bugs because guess what? Cayenne pepper does nothing to repel mosquitoes. Actually, the only way to make a bug bite worse is to burn your skin off with a homemade cayenne pepper spray.


Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus

This oil of lemon eucalyptus spray is actually something you can buy in stores and you don’t have to make at home. Lemon Eucalyptus is a tree and its oil from the leaves is used to make the spray.

This spray actually works and it is DEET free.

So if you’re looking for a natural way to repel bugs then turn to this DEET-alternative.



Okay, so foods don’t work too well to repel these pests. Enough experimenting, let’s just use something that works: DEET. DEET (not a food) was founded by the US Department of Agriculture for use by the US Army so this is, in fact, a real old army trick that actually works.

While DEET isn’t the most organic insect repellent out there, it is definitely the most effective.  


Carbon Dioxide

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and humans emit carbon dioxide every time they breathe. That’s right, mosquitoes love the smell of your breath. So if you see a mosquito, hold your breath until it flies away, or if you’re one of those people that need to inhale and exhale to live then maybe try a carbon dioxide trap.

While these traps do work, they are a lot more expensive and not as effective as DEET. Also, you emit more carbon dioxide than most traps so bugs will still be biting you even if a few get killed in the traps.