50 years ago, people never thought twice when spraying DDT to control mosquitoes. Today, the most popular mosquito repellents contain DEET. It’s no secret there is some debate as to whether DEET is actually safe or not.
Thankfully, there are a lot of natural ways you can dramatically repel mosquitoes in your own backyard.
Here are some of the best ideas for making your own all-natural mosquito repellents…
Have You Tried A Fan?
Entomologists say that mosquitoes are not active when wind gusts outside exceed 10 miles per hour. That makes sense, since mosquitoes can only fly up to 2 mph themselves — so a 10 mph wind gust must stop them in their tracks!
Outsmarting bugs with a fan may be a poorly known strategy. But the method, it turns out, is endorsed by the American Mosquito Control Association. Source
As a bonus, a fan will also help to dissipate the carbon dioxide that you exhale — which is a known attractant to mosquitoes.
Things That Feed On Mosquitoes
You should eliminate any standing water nearby — because that’s where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
Think along these lines:
- old tires that contain water
- low areas in your yard where water may remain long after the rain has subsided
- any containers left out that water can collect in
If you have a pond (which itself is a mosquito hatchery!), consider stocking your pond with guppies. They’re small fish that thrive on mosquito larva and do well in still water ponds. Guppies reproduce rapidly, so before you know it, you’ll have a mosquito-free pond!
Purple martins are birds that also have mosquitoes high up on their dinner menu too. Since they like living in multi-apartment habitats, one good-sized purple martin house will provide housing for a fairly large community of birds.
Frogs love mosquitoes. They also hate pollution and chemicals. If you have a clean environment in your yard, and like the sound of frogs croaking at night, then a frog pond can be a big help in alleviating your backyard mosquito issues.
This video shows how valuable bats can be to your property:
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
There are a number of plants that repel mosquitoes enough to send them to your neighbors yard instead of hanging out in yours.
Some of the best ones:
- Lemongrass (or citronella grass)
- Mosquito plant (yes, there actually is a plant with that name)
These mosquito repelling plants take no more effort to plant and care for than any other plants, and the mosquitoes will stay away!
Organic All-Natural Mosquito Repellents
Here are a few different products and mixtures that are known to repel mosquitoes:
- Lemongrass DIY mosquito repellent – it’s said to be similar to citronella.
- Rosemary and catnip – see how to make your own mosquito repellent spritzes and sprays.
- Homemade mosquito repellent – mix a few common household ingredients with these essential oils that naturally repel mosquitoes.
- Listerine to repel mosquitoes – yep, it works for some!
- Celery juice – a greener alternative from Danny Lipford. (video here)
- Commercial mosquito repellents – a handful of all-natural organic products you can buy.
This list of natural insect repellents highlights many different mixtures that can be effective in fighting off mosquitoes.
In the battle against mosquitoes, it’s not mandatory that you expose your family to potentially dangerous chemicals. By staying with organic and natural products and methods, you can still provide relief from biting insects and greatly reduce the possibility of contracting diseases like West Nile Virus.
With global warming raising the temperature of our environment, it’s likely the mosquito problem will worsen in years to come.
More About Safe Mosquito Repellents
- Dump The DEET: Best Natural Insect Repellents
- Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe For Kids?
- Consumer Search: Top 4 Best Reviewed Insect Repellents
- DEET Insect Repellent Is Safe For Human Use
- How Safe Is DEET For Children?
- CDC: Insect Repellent Use & Safety Issues
- Downsides Of DEET Insect Repellents
- Mosquito Control: All The Best Mosquito Repellents