7 Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Home or Yard
Here is a summary of repelling mosquitoes in your home or yard.
- Use citronella candles in areas with limited air movement.
- Grow mosquito-repelling plants like basil.
- Introduce natural predators like dragonflies.
- Eliminate standing water around your home.
- Use neem oil as mosquito repellent.
- Place camphor tablets around your home.
- Use a mosquito fogger for treating large outdoor areas.
Mosquito Repelling Products
Citronella is a common natural ingredient for mosquito repellents. The oil in the candle is derived from Citronella Grass (which also makes good mosquito-repelling plants). Its primary purpose is to deter the mosquitoes by masking scents that the insects are attracted to. Therefore, one effective method is to used it in closed spaces with limited air movements.
Neem oil could be used as a natural pest repellent. On effective mosquito repellent is a combination of coconut oil and neem oil. One study found that 2% neem oil mixed with coconut oil provided 96-100% protection against specific mosquito species. An alternative method is to burn some neem leaves and use the resulting smoke to drive the mosquitoes away.
Camphor appears in various forms (e.g. essential oils and tablets). There are a number of ways you could use camphor to repel mosquitoes. Examples include placing camphor tablets around the household. You could also dissolve the camphor in water and placing the resulting solution near high-traffic mosquito areas. Like the citronella candles, this method works best in closed spaces.
An insect fogger is an effective way to handle widespread mosquito infesetations. These devices can come in two general forms: fogging machines or as a spraying can. Your choice is dependent on how large of an area you are looking to apply the insecticide.
How to Get Rid of Mosquito Naturally
1. Grow mosquito-repelling plants
Growing plants that repel mosquitoes serve two great purposes. First, they help you reduce the population of mosquitoes in your home or yard. Second, they are a great way to make your home green and improve the aesthetics of your home decor. There are many mosquito-repelling plants to consider for both indoors and outdoors. Examples include: citronella grass, marigold, lavender, basil, and lemon balm.
2. Introduce natural predators
Make your backyard an attractive place for natural predators of mosquitoes. Dragonfly larvae, in particular, are known to feed on mosquito larvae. If you have a pond in your backyard then it doesn’t hurt to have some frogs around either. Other examples of natural predators include: bats, birds, and fishes.
3. Eliminate standing water
Mosquitoes lay their eggs in and around standing water. Make the effort to check your home for any standing water. Common places include: vases, open containers, rain barrels, trash cans, discarded tires, and flowerpot saucers.
Common Sources of Mosquitoes
The most effective way to repel mosquitoes is to make your home an unwelcoming place for mosquitoes. Here are a few things that may attract mosquitoes. First, mosquitoes like to breed in standing water so as we mention later, it’s important to get rid of all standing water around your household. Mosquitoes like certain fragrances so make sure to cover the lids of perfumes.
Want to know an interesting fact? Apparently, mosquitoes are attracted to beer drinkers. One study suggests that a single 12-ounce bottle of beer could make you a more attractive target to mosquitoes.
Published on November 30, 2016 by Sam Choan.