Mosquitoes are a nuisance, and they carry diseases. These pesky insects can ruin an otherwise nice summer evening. Here are tips to repel mosquitoes from your home and property.
The most common mosquito repellents are sprays, liquids, and mosquito coils. However, while they effectively get rid of mosquitoes in the house, many brands are manufactured with chemicals that can be harmful.
Let’s look at chemical-free ways to repel mosquitoes from your property.
Repel Mosquitoes From Your Home Naturally
There are natural ways to keep mosquitoes away from your home. Below are a few tips to help you repel these bothersome insects.
Keep the Grass Short
Overgrowth in your yard provides a haven for mosquitoes when it’s hot, offering them protection and a place to hide. They come out in the evening when the temperatures drop.
While repelling mosquitoes is possible with some of the products mentioned in this post, it’s better if you can stop them from breeding near your property in the first place. Weed around your home and keep your grass trimmed short. Don’t allow flower beds to become overgrown.
Keep the Property Free of Stagnant Water
Stagnant water is a necessary part of a mosquito’s existence. Mosquitoes use water as their breeding ground. They need it to lay their eggs and for larvae to develop.
These insects don’t require large pools of water to thrive. Even the smallest puddles provide a breeding ground if left undisturbed. Don’t allow buckets, wheelbarrows, or children’s toys to collect water. Dump water that has accumulated and fill in low spots in the yard, where puddles form.
Make Natural Skin Repellent at Home
Conventional bug sprays and creams can be effective at repelling mosquitoes, but they may cause skin irritation in some people. Fortunately, you can make your own products to repel mosquitoes.
To make a natural repellent, mix a quarter cup of witch hazel extract and a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar. Then, choose a few essential oils: cedar, rosemary, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, or tea tree. Add 15 – 20 drops of your oil blend to the apple cider mixture.
Put the mixture in a spray bottle and shake well. Apply to exposed skin when you’re spending time outdoors and want to repel mosquitoes. Shake the bottle before each use.
Grow Mosquito Repellent Plants
Research shows that caring for plants increases creativity, reduces air pollutants, and improves mood. Growing mosquito repellent plants and position them strategically inside and outside your home. You’ll enjoy the benefits of having plants and keep insects and other pests at bay.
Some commonly available plants that repel mosquitoes include mint, lemongrass, citronella, tulsi, and catnip. Most are easy to grow and will thrive in a container garden if you have a small space.
Use Lemon Slices and Cloves to Repel Mosquitoes
Research shows that the citrusy smell of lemons and oranges combined with, clove oil are effective mosquito repellents. While their repelling effect lasts only a few hours, it’s enough for you to enjoy some relief when spending time outside with family and friends.
There are plenty of methods to keep mosquitoes from your property. Use a combination of the techniques above for the best results. It’s also important to close windows, doors, and other access points where mosquitoes can find a way into your home.