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The Best, Safest All Natural Mosquito Repellents

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By Curtis

mosquito-head-net-by-wetwebwork.jpg The use of most commercial mosquito repellents will inadvertently expose you to chemicals that could be detrimental to your health. Chemicals, allergic reactions, skin irritation and rashes… ugh!

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!

If you’re going to sit on the porch, take a fan with you! Turn it on medium or high, and you’ll make it windy enough to keep the mosquitoes away. It really does work.

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

pond-fish-by-Super-Fantastic.jpg 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.

Bats consume about 1,000 insects an hour. Building a bat house will bring these nighttime radar equipped little guys to your property in droves!

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:

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

mosquito-bite-by-James-Jordan.jpgOrganic and natural repellents can be purchased commercially, or they can be mixed up at home with simple readily available ingredients.

Here are a few different products and mixtures that are known to repel mosquitoes:

This list of natural insect repellents highlights many different mixtures that can be effective in fighting off mosquitoes.

mosquitoes-in-Siberia-by-misspudding.jpgIn 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.


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