20 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are nasty insects:
- they can wreak havoc on our lives.
- they can cause some dangerous and even fatal diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya.
Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have differing reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling.
Don’t rely on the many mosquito repellents out there that are filled with harsh chemicals: they are bad for you and your home and the environment.
How to get rid of mosquitoes?
If you are interested in naturally getting rid of mosquitoes, then look no further, this post is for you!
Check out these 20 essential tool remedies that will get rid of your mosquito problem but also are eco-friendly.
As you can imagine, half of the list to repel mosquitoes is made of essential oils.
1. Lilac Oil and Coconut Oil blend
Lilac has a lot of great properties. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and also has some anti-protozoan properties. To get rid of mosquitoes, mix lilac oil and coconut oil in an even ratio and apply it all over your body. You can use a 10ml RollerBall bottle or a spray bottle. You should easily find those bottles at essential oils supplies websites. This will keep mosquitoes away from you for several hours.
2. Lemon and Eucalyptus Essential Oils blend
Blend these two essential oils together in a beaker at an even ratio. Fill a spray bottle with it and apply the spray to your body to repel mosquitoes from you. You can also do the same thing with a 10ml RolleBall. Lemon oil is very easy to find and quite inexpensive. Unfortunately, that’s not the case with Eucalyptus since only the best essential oils brand carries Eucalyptus oil.
3. Basil Essential Oil
Additionally, if you have a garden, you can easily grow basil or keep a few potted basil plants on your patio and around your home, so that mosquitoes won’t come near you.
4. Citronella Essential Oil
Citronella is actually the best and most effective essential oil if you want to getting rid of mosquitoes. Apply it all over your body with a roller bottle, or put a few drops of it in a candle when lighting it. You can also easily find special bracelets with pads. The bracelet would definitively be your best option since the citronella essential oil would quickly be absorbed by your body leaving less product to fight against mosquitoes. With Citronella, mosquitoes won’t come near you at all. One downside though: Citronella has a very strong scent and might not be pleasant to smell for everybody.
I understand that you may love the scent smell of peppermint, but mosquitoes hate it. You can use peppermint essential oil and add it to a spray bottle of water. Then, spray the mixture wherever you go to make mosquitoes go away.
6. Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender oil is more effective than any OTC chemical out there. Mosquitoes can’t stand the smell of lavender oil so that they will be instantly repelled. Spray it in your room or directly on your skin to make mosquitoes go away. You can also use a diffuser, which would be your best option at night since the smell of lavender will also make you feel asleep quickly at nighttime.
7. Tea Tree or Melaleuca Essential Oil
The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of tea tree oil work perfectly when it comes to fighting off mosquitoes. The strong smell of Melaleuca essential oil will keep the mosquitoes away. Just mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a few drops of water and put this mixture on your face and other parts of your body. Melaleuca is also very effective for people with acne, so again, you get a double benefit by using it.
8. Rosemary Essential Oil
Rosemary is a very popular natural mosquito repellent. Just burn a few stalks of it and mosquitoes will be driven away.
9. Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is known for easily repelling mosquitoes away. It will be most effective if you add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water and spray it around your home or at work. Additionally, using a diffuser during the day will be a great option.
10. Vetiver Essential Oil
Vetiver, also known as Chrysopogon zizanioides is a bunchgrass, native to India. Oil of Vetiver has soothing aroma with exceptional insect repellent properties. Spray few drops of this oil to get rid of mosquitoes.
This is another home remedy to get rid of mosquitoes in an environment-friendly way. All you do is close all the doors and windows in a room, and then light the camphor and leave it alone for about a half hour.
You can also use camphor balls and Neem oil as a natural mosquito repellent. All you need is 3-4 Camphor balls, 1 cup Neem oil, and one emptied refill bottle. Fill the bottle with the ingredients. Now you can use this as a natural mosquito repellent device.
Alternatively, you can blend 1 oz oil of citronella essential oil, 1 oz spirits of camphor and 1 oz of cedar essential oil. Spray few drops of this mixture on the bath towel and attach it over the bed. This will repel the house mosquitoes. Citronella oil provides complete protection from mosquitoes.
When you go back to that room, the mosquitoes will be gone.
12. Dry Ice
Dry ice releases a lot of carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. So, all you have to do is place dry ice in a container with an open lid and keep it at a certain distance away from you. When all the mosquitoes are drawn to the container and are inside it, just close the lid. This method might be a little time-consuming, but it is very quite effective.
13. Coffee Grounds
This is a really simple, yet effective method to getting rid of mosquitoes. Just sprinkle coffee grounds wherever you find still water near your home. The mosquito eggs present in the water will be forced to the surface and will be deprived of oxygen. This will kill them before they are hatched and prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
14. Mosquito Traps
You can buy a mosquito trap or make one at home. You only need a few supplies. First, cut a plastic bottle in half. In a separate container, mix brown sugar and hot water together until dissolved. When it cools down, empty the mixture into the bottom half of the bottle. Next, add yeast. Put the top funnel part of the bottle, in an upside down direction, into the bottom half of the bottle. Wrap tape around the bottle, leaving the top uncovered. Place it where mosquitoes go the most, and change the solution of the bottle every two weeks.
Garlic has a very strong smell, which mosquitoes really don’t like. Just crush a few cloves of garlic and boil it in some water for a few minutes. Then, pour the solution into a spray bottle and squirt it all around the room. This will kill the mosquitoes.
16. Dish Soap
This one is really easy. Just squirt a mixture of dish soap and water on the mosquitoes to kill them naturally.
Just fill a bowl with plain beer and place it in your home to repel mosquitoes.
18. Pinion Wood
Burn this wood outside your home, and the odor that it releases will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. You can’t do that if you live in an apartment though…
19. Mosquito Repellent Plants
Plants like catnip and feverfew are great for repelling mosquitoes. Just plant a few in your garden or place them in pots around your home or patio.
20. Soybean Oil
Who knew about this, but that is another great oil to repel mosquitoes. Just add a few drops to a candle, light it, and watch as mosquitoes go away.
Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind while getting rid of mosquitoes.
- Hang a mosquito net.
- Keep doors and windows of your house closed at night.
- While going to bed at night, make sure to hang a mosquito net. All the mosquito repellent coils or creams work for a few hours. After that, the effect decreases.
- Use wire mash on doors and windows.
- Whenever you see mosquitoes flying around you, just kill them immediately. This will make your atmosphere relatively mosquito-free.
- Mosquitoes get attracted by light. So use mosquito-repellent lights such as sodium lamps, yellow bug lights or LED lights in your house.
- Don’t allow stale water near your home because that is where mosquitoes breed
One simple Mosquito and Fly Repellent recipe to use in a spray bottle:
- 7 Drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Cinnamon Essential Oil
- 2 Drops Oregano Oil
How To Make An Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent Spray:
Mix ¼ cup boiling water with ¼ cup vodka and let it cool. Pour it into a glass spritzing bottle and add 5 drops each of lemon eucalyptus oil, cedarwood oil, and catnip oil. Shake well before using the spray.
Skin ointments – Mosquito repellant skin ointments offer direct protection where it is most needed. It can keep you safe from mosquito bites as you step out of the house. You should make sure that you are not allergic to any constituent of the ointment before applying them.
How To Make A Mosquito Repellent Ointment:
Melt ¼ cup of beeswax pellets in a double boiler and add ¼ cup of coconut oil. Take off the heat and allow to cool until a film forms on top. Whip in 5 drops each of lavender, thyme, basil, and citronella oils until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. Spread a thin coating on exposed skin to prevent mosquito bites.
Add these essential oils to a spray bottle and fill it up with water and shake well. Use it like you would use a commercial mosquito and fly repellent. You can also make a rub-on insecticide by adding the above ingredients to a carrier oil like coconut oil, jojoba oil, or grapeseed oil.
Download the free PDF “How To Use Essential Oils To Keep Mosquitoes Away“
The reason why Essential Oils are beneficial to the body is because they have traits in common w/ human blood. This shows how to use that to promote EO to your team.
Essential oils are used for a wide range of emotional & physical wellness application. Aromatically, topically, or internally you can use them Head To Toe.