How Do You Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally?
When it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes—or any type of pest problem for that matter—many people look to use all-natural or DIY efforts as much as possible. But what types of natural mosquito repellents work, and which are no more than a hoax? The best ways to naturally get rid of or prevent a mosquito problem are as follows:
- Pour out or cover sources of standing water on or near your property.
- Install fans in your outdoor area to create a windy environment.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in light colors to prevent bites.
- Try essential oils, including lemon eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint.
Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally
In order to keep mosquitoes away naturally, you want to limit or eliminate the things in your outdoor area that would attract them in the first place. The number one way to do this is to get rid of all sources of standing water. This most often collects in birdbaths, pools, children’s playsets, buckets, and more. Make sure to tip over or cover standing water regularly. In addition, mosquitoes are weak fliers and thus hate windy environments. Turning on a fan when you are in your backyard is a great way to repel mosquitoes naturally. By doing these two simple tips, you can prevent mosquitoes from establishing themselves in your backyard.
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Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents
Essential oils can be used for a number of reasons, but are they effective as a natural mosquito repellent? When trying out any essential oil products, it’s important to always do a skin patch test to ensure you don’t get a reaction from the product. Here’s what we know about the following mosquito home remedies:
- Lemon eucalyptus oil. Both the CDC and the EPA have classified lemon eucalyptus as a mosquito repellent. It’s important to note that it has not been approved on kids younger than three years old.
- Peppermint oil. When mixed with a carrier oil (such as olive or canola), peppermint is a fragrant oil that can possibly keep mosquitoes at bay.
- Catnip oil: Derived from catnip with steam distillation, catnip oil is EPA-approved and said to provide up to seven hours of protection against mosquitoes.
- Lavender oil: As another very fragrant oil, studies have shown that lavender is effective at repelling adult mosquitoes and bites.
Vitamin B & Coconut Oil: Mosquito Repellents?
Some claim that vitamin B will repel mosquitoes over time. Unfortunately, all research and studies have found that it does not have an effect on mosquitoes. Similar studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of coconut oil. While not found to be effective on its own, topical applications of coconut oil on the skin combined with essential oils could help to repel mosquitoes. In any case, always speak with your doctor before attempting to use any homemade mosquito repellents. It is always best to go with a product that has been approved by the EPA.