Natural Mosquito Control
Preventing Pests Without Chemicals
August 15, 2019
Summer pests like mosquitos are bad enough. Trying to control them doesn’t have to be. Here are some more natural forms of mosquito control to make the process a bit more tolerable.
Natural Mosquito Control Products
Many effective mosquito repellents contain the chemical Deet; but, unfortunately, some people may have negative reactions to these products. There are several essential oils that have the same effect on summer pests by masking their sense of smell, making it harder to find a host.
- Citronella. Found in candles and wearables, this formula evaporates quickly, so its only effective for a short time.
- Lemon eucalyptus. The fresh scent is attractive to humans, but not to mosquitos because it also contains citronellal.
- Clove. Often used as a baking ingredient, it can be mixed with olive and coconut oil to be applied to the skin as an aromatic repellent.
- Peppermint. More effective in higher concentrations, this essential oil also works to repel mosquito larvae.
- Lemongrass. Not just for tea, the citrus scent works well to repel mosquitos.
- Basil. Straight from your herb garden, basil can be moderately effective.
While these oils may help deter mosquitoes, it’s best to fully protect yourself from bites, especially if you’re in an area with a high risk of mosquito-borne disease. If you’d rather not apply the essential oils topically, try growing some of these plants in your garden or placing potted varieties around high-prone areas.
More Natural Preventive Measures
In addition to repellents, there are other ways to help prevent mosquito bites without using chemicals.
- Wear protective clothing
- Repair broken window and door screens
- Remove any risk for collecting standing water—such as birdbaths, garden pots, and clogged storm drains
- Attract and zap them with ultraviolet light devices
Protecting yourself and your yard from mosquitos not only helps you enjoy a more comfortable, bite-free summer, but it can also help prevent you from contracting one of the many diseases they carry.
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