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Natural Mosquito Control Methods for Your Home

It’s that time of year again — when the weather is warm and the days are long. Everyone wants to enjoy time outside, but there’s just one thing: mosquitos. Using chemical sprays and treatments to eliminate them can be tempting, but there’s a safer alternative: natural mosquito control.


Natural mosquito control uses plant-based essential oils and beneficial, insect-repelling plants. Thoughtful landscaping and water management can also help keep mosquitos at bay. Learn more about effective methods to keep your family safe from mosquitos.


Why is Natural Mosquito Control Important?

Mosquitos are a nuisance for everyone. However, the harsh chemicals found in some repellants aren't good for kids, pets, or the environment. Some people also have sensitive skin and react badly to chemicals.


That's why so many homeowners turn to natural mosquito control repellents and organic pest control methods. Using natural repellents, inviting helpful predators like bats into your yard, and eliminating breeding areas, can reduce mosquitos. Plus, these natural mosquito control solutions are safer for the ecosystem.


Popular and Effective Natural Mosquito Repellents

Many people find that the scents of certain flowers and herbs help repel mosquitos. These plants, which have strong scents that many bugs dislike, are often from the mint family.


Use Essential Oils for Natural Mosquito Control

When used correctly, some essential oils are as effective as DEET. They are also safer for families, kids, and pets. 


Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

This plant-based oil, first registered for use in the 1940s, has a long history. Researchers say that a mixture of 32% lemon eucalyptus oil provides over 95% protection against mosquitos for at least three hours. A 2014 study found that it provided strong protection against mosquitos. This is a good general, all-purpose natural mosquito repellent.


Lavender

This lovely flowering plant has a distinct scent. It can be used in a diffuser or applied directly to the skin to help keep mosquitos from biting.  A study showed lavender’s power to repel adult mosquitos.


Lavender is a safe choice for children and anyone with sensitivities to strong smells. This is because lavender is gentle and has calming aromatherapy benefits.


Cinnamon Oil

Cinnamon oil is known for its warm, comforting aroma. But did you know this oil is also as effective as a natural mosquito control repellent? It can kill off mosquito eggs and is a highly effective mosquito repellent. Use a cinnamon oil diffuser in outdoor living spaces or on a screened-in porch.


Thyme Oil

Thyme oil is not as popular as citronella. However, this potent oil is one of the best natural ways to provide extra protection against mosquitos. It's an especially effective repellent against malarial mosquitos. 


Want even more natural mosquito control from this potent plant? Toss thyme leaves in your campfire or fire pit to repel mosquitos. Then, diffuse thyme oil throughout your yard.


Catnip Oil

Catnip oil can be more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitos. Research from Iowa State University looked into these claims about this member of the mint family (Nepeta parnassica). 


They were surprised by what they found: It was actually more effective in repelling mosquitoes than the leading chemical spray. Spray it on furniture and outdoor textiles before an outdoor party.


Neem Oil

For hundreds of years, people around the world have relied upon Neem Oil as a natural mosquito repellent. A 2015 study investigated this oil’s power. Researchers determined that it protected users over 70% for 3 hours.


Soybean Oil

Soybean oil is highly effective at repelling mosquitos due to its natural properties. It contains compounds that help deter mosquitoes, making it a beneficial choice for use as a repellent. Soybean oil is also known for its moisturizing properties, making it a versatile option for skin application.


How to Make Your Own DIY Mosquito Repellent Spray with Essential Oils

Want to make your natural mosquito control repellent from essential oils? Here are simple DIY recipes from Healthline you can follow:


Thyme Mosquito Spray

To create a DIY mixture, blend 4 drops of thyme oil with each teaspoon of carrier oil, such as olive or jojoba oil. For a spray formula, combine 5 drops of thyme oil with 2 ounces of water.


Cinnamon Oil Mosquito Repellant

To prepare a diluted 1 percent mixture, combine 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil with every 4 ounces of water. This diluted solution can be sprayed on your skin, clothing, around your household, and on upholstery or plants. Caution should be exercised when using cinnamon oil, as a concentrated application may cause skin irritation.


Lavender Mosquito Repellent

Lavender can be cultivated in an outdoor garden or indoor pots. Crush the flowers and use the oil on areas prone to insect bites, like your ankles and arms. Alternatively, apply lavender oil on a fresh cloth and gently massage it onto the skin.


Lemon Eucalyptus Oil Spray for Mosquitos

Use a ratio of 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel. Researchers from the University of Florida advise against applying this blend to children younger than 3 years old.


Additional Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitos

Many homeowners have had good luck strategically placing citronella candles around their patio, pool, or deck to provide extra protection against mosquitos. Place a few drops of essential oil around the base of the candle as it melts. Just add a few drops to help keep those mosquitos at bay all evening long.


How to Eliminate Mosquito Breeding Grounds Around Your Yard

Creating a comfortable and pest-free outdoor space involves understanding and addressing mosquito breeding grounds. Here are practical tips and strategies on how to effectively eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:


Remove Standing Water

Mosquitos need stagnant water to lay their eggs. Did you know that it doesn't take much — even a small amount will do? All it takes is a little bit of standing water to create a mosquito nursery. Watch for common culprits like buckets, pet bowls, baby pools, and clogged rain gutters.


Ensure gutters are clean and free of debris to prevent water from pooling and creating a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Check for leaks as well. Fix any outdoor faucets or leaks that can create puddles of water, as these can attract mosquitoes.


Maintain Your Yard

Trim tall grass and bushes, as mosquitoes like to hide in these areas. Regularly mow your lawn to reduce the mosquito habitat.


Use Mosquito Dunks

Consider using mosquito dunks in areas where standing water cannot be eliminated, such as ponds or rain barrels. Mosquito dunks release a bacteria that kills mosquito larvae.


Natural Mosquito Control: Invite Predators

Mosquitos are a part of the ecosystem. Birds, bats, and dragonflies all find these buzzing insects a part of their diet. Here’s how to control the amount of mosquitos on your property:


Turn Your Yard Into a Haven for Mosquito-Eating Birds

You’ll enjoy watching beautiful birds flutter around your property. Some of the best birds to attract for natural mosquito control include purple martins, barn swallows, black-capped chickadees, and bluebirds. To make them feel right at home, put up several bird feeders and a birdbath.


Build a Bat House to Reduce the Mosquito Population

Did you know that one little brown bat can catch about 1,200 mosquitos and other mosquito-sized insects every single hour? Imagine how many fewer mosquitos will be in your yard if you can attract a few of these to your property.


Bat boxes or bat houses give bats a place to safely roost during the day. This way, they are well-rested for their nightly mosquito-eating adventures. Typically made of wood, these structures come in all shapes, sizes, and designs – some even look like little miniature houses.


You can find a wide variety available at most home improvement centers and garden centers. You can also easily find instructions to build one yourself. Make sure to mount the bat house in a spot where it gets at least six solid hours of sunshine. Face it east, south, or southeast for maximum sunshine. Then just sit back, relax, and wait for the bats to come.


Create a Dragonfly Habitat

Dragonflies love munching on mosquitos as much as bats and birds do. Create a welcoming dragonfly habitat by placing a small fountain in your garden. This will create the perfect water feature to attract them to your space.


Organic Pest Control Methods Done by Professionals

There are several organic pest control services available that can help eliminate mosquitos in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. 


Organic Tick and Mosquito Control

Organic tick and mosquito control services prevent mosquito breeding on your property. This is an environmentally sound method of eliminating pests from your outdoor spaces. It involves using biological controls, practicing proper sanitation, and applying organic products to control pests without posing a threat to the environment, humans, and animals. 


The approach centers on creating a barrier around the perimeter of your property to deter pests from entering your home. The Yard Gard uses a variety of methods such as natural repellents, companion planting, and biological controls, to prevent them from gaining access to the interior of your home.


Mosquito Traps

Mosquito traps are a popular and eco-friendly option to control the mosquito population in your yard. These traps work by using natural attractants to lure mosquitos into the trap, and then capture them without using harmful chemicals. 


The most common natural attractant used in mosquito traps is carbon dioxide, which replicates the breath of humans and animals that mosquitoes are naturally attracted to. Once inside the trap, mosquitos are either trapped or dehydrated, depending on the type of trap. 


Mosquito traps can be a highly effective way to control the mosquito population in a specific area, but they may not be as effective in areas with large mosquito populations.


Nematodes

Nematodes are microscopic roundworms that are commonly used in organic pest control, including for controlling mosquito populations. Beneficial nematodes can be applied to your lawn to target and eliminate mosquito larvae in the soil before they have a chance to mature into adult mosquitoes. 


Once applied, these nematodes seek out the mosquito larvae in the soil and release bacteria that are harmful to the larvae, effectively killing them. This natural and biological method of pest control is non-toxic to humans, pets, and other beneficial insects. It is an environmentally friendly approach to reducing mosquito populations in outdoor areas. 


Eliminate Mosquitos in Your Home Today

Natural mosquito control offers a lot of options. Try a few solutions to find which methods work for you. A combination of several solutions tends to bring the best results. 


Consider engaging the help of professionals like The Yard Gard who specialize in natural mosquito control for customized guidance. Remember that by taking proactive steps, you can minimize mosquito encounters and enjoy your outdoor space.natural-mosquito-control

Looking for Cape Cod pest control services? The Yard Gard is here to help you eliminate the mosquitos on your property. Feel free to contact us today to get a quote.


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