There are few things as annoying as trying to get rid of a mosquito problem—even if it’s just that one mosquito that seems to have painted a target on your back and refuses to give up until it’s had its fill. If you’re like many people, you don’t want to use some kind of chemical repellent in order to kill the mosquito (or mosquitos) because of the potentially negative affect it could have on your health as well as the environment. Fortunately, there are plenty of natural repellents out there that you can use that should do the job.
Natural Mosquito Repellents
The following are a few of the natural repellents you might want to look into in order to get rid of your mosquito problem.
- Citronella – Citronella is an essential oil that’s made from a mix of herbs. It’s one of the most common ingredients that’s found in natural mosquito repellents on the market. Studies have shown that it’s just as effective as DEET, which is a common chemical used in commercial mosquito repellents, and that it can protect you from mosquitos for up to two hours.
- Lavender – Studies have shown that lavender oil can be quite an effective mosquito repellent. Additionally, lavender flowers have analgesic, antiseptic, and antifungal properties. This means that if you crush the flowers up, not only will their fragrance help repel mosquitos, but the oils can be applied to your skin.
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil – Eucalyptus oil is one of the most common natural mosquito repellents out there. Not only has it been used since the 1940’s as just that, but the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has even approved the oil as an effective ingredient for mosquito repellents.
- Greek Catnip Oil – Greek catnip oil is a member of the mint family. Its extract and oil can repel mosquitos for two to three hours. Researchers even discovered that catnip oil is ten times more affective than DEET.
- Thyme Oil – Although citronella and lemon eucalyptus oil get all the attention, thyme oil has been proven to be extremely effective as well. Studies have shown that even a solution with just five percent thyme oil provides a 91 percent protection rate against mosquitos.
- Cinnamon oil – Cinnamon oil has the benefit of being one of the best smelling repellents (for most people, that is). But one of the main advantages of using cinnamon oil is that it can kill mosquito eggs as well as act as a repellent. If you make a solution that you can spray, you should mix roughly 24 drops of cinnamon oil for every four ounces of water you use. Although you can spray it on almost anything and anywhere, be careful about applying it to your skin. Too much of it can cause skin irritation.
Ways to Use Natural Mosquito Repellents
There are many ways that you can use some of the aforementioned ingredients in order to repel mosquitoes. Some store-bought repellents that are advertised as being natural are likely to use these ingredients. You can also plant many of these repellents, such as catnip, lavender or citronella, in your garden or around your property to help keep mosquitos at bay. You can even hang small planters from your porch or deck to create a protective border. Additionally, by having these plants around your property, you can take the leaves and crush them up so that you can apply the oil to your skin.
If planting them is not an option, many of these ingredients are available in extract and oil form, which you can just purchase in order to apply to your skin. In some cases, candles are available that use these ingredients. The most popular of these are citronella candles, which have been proven to be very effective at spreading the scent of citronella, thereby keeping mosquitoes away.
Although any of these natural repellents are a great choice for helping to get rid of mosquitos, you may want to schedule an appointment with a mosquito control service if your mosquito problem has grown out of hand. A mosquito control service can help identify the source of the problem, get rid of the existing mosquito problem, and provide professional advice on how to prevent the problem from occurring again in the future. Whatever the case might be, it’s a good idea to have one of these natural mosquito repellents on hand in one form or another.