Mosquitoes can be a real pain. Fortunately, they don’t have to be. There are plenty of natural ways to repel and get rid of mosquitoes, so that you and your family don’t have to worry about being eaten alive all summer when you’re trying to enjoy the great outdoors. The following 5 methods are all natural and work great for keeping mosquitoes at bay. And the best part? You don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals or pesticides like DEET.
1.) Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
One natural way to repel mosquitoes is to grow herbs or plants that have mosquito repelling properties in your yard, garden, or in a planter on your patio. Just a few plants known to repel mosquitoes include: citronella, catnip, catmint, lemon balm, lavender, lemon grass, pennyroyal, peppermint, wormwood, and rosemary. If you are having a barbeque or outdoor event, another way to keep mosquitoes at bay, is to throw any of these herbs on the grill, (rosemary works great for this). Not only will the herbs repel mosquitoes, so will the smoke from the grill.
2.) Eliminate Standing Water
One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away is to eliminate any standing water you may have laying around. This could include standing water in plants, your dog’s water dish, a birdbath, gutters, dishes, etc. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so eliminating standing water will help decrease the number of mosquitoes in the area.
3.) Essential Oils That Repel Mosquitoes
Another natural way to repel mosquitoes is to use essential oils that contain mosquito repelling properties. Neem, lavender, citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, eucalyptus, and mint are all great essential oils that can be used to keep mosquitoes away. No need for unpleasant smelling bug sprays or lotions, simply apply a few drops of one of these oils to the skin, or make your own all natural bug spray using a few different types of oils for a more effective repellant, and you won’t have to worry about mosquitoes any longer.
4.) Apple Cider Vinegar
Mosquitoes don’t like apple cider vinegar, making it a great natural deterrent. Taking 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar three times a day, adding more of it to your diet, or moistening a cloth or cotton ball and applying it to the skin are all effective ways to use apple cider vinegar to repel mosquitoes and keep from getting bitten.
5.) Attract Bats To Your Garden
Bats love eating mosquitoes, so another natural way to get rid of mosquitoes is to attract bats to your garden. Attracting bats to your garden can reduce the number of mosquitoes significantly, and will also lessen your chances of getting bitten, especially since research has suggested that a single bat can eat more than 600 mosquitoes per hour. If you want to repel mosquitoes using the bat method, here is a great guide to help you learn everything you need to know about attracting bats to your garden.
*Sources: About Mosquitoes -National Geographic
Gardening and Mosquito Repellants -Gardening and More
All Natural Bug Spray Recipe – Garden Therapy
Attract Bats for Organic Insect Control – Better Homes and Gardens
8 Foods to Defend Against Bug Bites – Reader’s Digest