Natural mosquito repellent is a great way to avoid skeeter syndrome while staying safe and avoiding harmful chemicals and pesticides. Until recent years natural mosquito repellents were rare, and avoiding the pesky bugs usually involved slathering your skin with some toxic smelly substance to scare the pests away. Thankfully that is no longer the case and non-toxic repellents are now available for personal and home use.
Natural Mosquito Control Outdoors
Controlling the mosquito population in your yard is one of the most challenging aspects of mosquito control. While keeping mosquito out of the house can be accomplished easier, out doors takes a little more fore thought and patience to see what works. Thankfully there are several natural and safe options to help keep mosquitoes out of your yard, at least while you are out there.
1)Palo Santo Incense Sticks– Holy Wood Sticks
The smoke of the wood of the Palo Santo tree is an effective, 100% natural mosquito repellent. The fact that it is smoke based makes it perfect for natural mosquito control outdoors.
Palo Santo is the given name the South American tree related to Frankincense, Myrrh and Copa. The wood of the tree is aromatic and was believed by the Incas to ward off evil spirits. It’s Spanish name Palo Santos is literally translated to mean Holy Tree (Bursera graveolens).
This natural mosquito control method is so effective that during rainy season it is burned in the main cities of many tropical countries, like Ecuador and Peru, to control mosquito populations and protect the public from bites and mosquito borne illness. Palo Santo has only recently reached the USA and is now readily available online and in some garden supply stores.
Citronella oil is another great, natural, outdoor insect repellent. A very similar option to Palo Santo, the torches or lamps burn citronella oil to repel mosquitoes naturally. Although more readily available they treat a very small area so it’s important to make sure you have enough torches spread around the yard to safely avoid bites.
Citronella is available in many different presentations, including tiki torches, incense sticks, candles and oil lamps. This makes it easy to position them around the yard and seating areas for maximum coverage.
Mosquito zappers are a great option for natural outdoor mosquito control. Although not effective at repelling the pests, they are a safe non-toxic way to control their population in a small area, such as a porch or patio. Zappers work great when used in conjunction with other methods of control to effectively eliminate any that brave the Palo Santo or Citronella smoke.
Modern variations on the old-fashioned zappers include solar powered zappers, rechargeable zappers and zappers with coverage up to 1.5 acres. This makes it possible to use them without a power source and spread coverage farther away from the house.
BT tabs are an organic and safe way to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in water features, ponds, and bird baths. This naturally occurring bacteria that affects insects only and is safe for other non-target species (such as wild life and animals). Treating all water features with BT pellets is a safe and natural way to avoid them becoming breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.
Even if your water feature has moving water, such as a fountain or stream, treating them is the best way to prevent mosquito from breeding in the stiller spots in the water. The pellets are inexpensive and the treatment lasts up to 30 days at a time.
5) Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Adding plants that repel mosquito to your garden that mosquitoes naturally avoid is another way to naturally control mosquitoes in your yard and around your house. There are a variety of plants that are both natural mosquito repellents and attractive additions to your garden, veranda or deck.
Many common herbs, such as Basil & Rosemary, are not only delicious, but also repel mosquitoes and other insects. The hers are hardy and easy to grown, they are also readily available in most home and garden centers.
The plants grow large and flourish both in the garden and as plants in full to partial sun. This makes them a perfect addition to your deck or entrance. Placed near the door, they are a great way to discourage insects from entering your home.
Natural Mosquito Control – Natural Mosquito Repellent
Using a topical mosquito repellent is one of the most effective ways of avoiding mosquito bites. Making your own natural mosquito repellent is one way to avoid the nasty bites while avoiding slathering your skin with harmful, and poisonous, chemicals. Mixing up natural mosquito repellent isn’t hard to do and most of the ingredients can be found at yoru local grocery store or online.
Certain essential oils are excellent mosquito repellents, and are used diluted in a carrier oil or alcohol. The most effective mosquito repelling plant oils are:
Some of the most common options for carrier oils include:
- natural Witch Hazel
- boiled water
- sunflower oil
- olive oil
- cooking oil (of any kind)
The concentration should be 1 part essential oil to 10 parts carrier oil or alcohol. For small batches add 10-25 drops of the essential oil of your choice, to 2 tablespoons carrier. Apply to your skin, avoiding your eyes or sensitive areas. You might need to reapply every hour or so for best results.
2) Keep it Breezy – Use a Fan
Because mosquitoes aren’t very strong flyers, a steady breeze can easily throw them off their game and keep them away. Although it might not be possible to constantly keep a fan with you, using a battery opperated fan while gardening or keeping a large fan on the deck can help keep mosquitoes away and keep you safe from bites without the use of harmful chemicals.