There are so many perks to summer, but there is one common pest… Mosquitoes! Whether you’re wanting to avoid the smell or harsh chemicals, you may want to opt for a more natural way to repel mosquitoes from yourself and your yard.
We’ve researched five ways to keep these yucky bugs far away this summer!
Just as you can’t stand the smell of mosquito repellant spray, mosquitoes can’t stand the scent of lavender oil. Use this to your advantage and keep mosquitoes away by spraying lavender oil around your home and surrounding areas. You can also put some on your body to avoid getting bit! Just make sure it’s therapeutic grade oil if you are going to put it on your skin.
You likely have a plentiful source of this natural repellent if you are someone who loves a cup of joe in the morning. Stagnant water increases the number of mosquitoes around, so all you need to do is pour coffee grounds in the stagnant water around your environment. Mosquito eggs will come up to the surface and die due to not having any oxygen. The less mosquitos you have to swat away, the better!
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil contains numerous anti-bacterial properties that are beneficial in treating different injuries and illnesses. The same goes for mosquitoes.Just mix a few drops of tea tree oil in some water and add it to a spray bottle. Spray the solution around your environment and it’ll become mosquito free.
Start burning some pinion wood, which is a common wood used for outdoor fireplaces. Once you start burning the wood outside your house, the smell will start killing mosquitoes almost instantly. They can’t handle the smell and will die pretty quickly. You get to have your bonfire and repel mosquitoes at the same time, it’s a win-win (at least for you)!
Looking for a wearable solution?
As mentioned in our first step, the use of lavender oil can repel the pests. This is because lavender oil has compounds like limonene, linalool, eucalyptol, and camphor, all of which are natural mosquito repellents. Vanilla is also a strong mosquito repellent while the acidic content of lemon juice adds to the mix to keep mosquitoes away.
Add 10-12 drops of lavender oil, 3-4 tbsps of vanilla extract, and 3-4 tbsps of lemon juice to your spray bottle with distilled water. Shake the mixture and use it as a great herbal mosquito repellent.