Do you despise being made a meal of by mosquitoes? Are you tired of being an all you can eat buffet to backyard bugs? If so, these 7 natural ways to repel mosquitoes may be exactly what you need.
The truth is you can repel mosquitoes without all sorts of heavy chemicals, and without having to resort to staying indoors. Take a look below at 7 natural ways to repel mosquitoes and keep all of the biting at bay. Here is what you need to know! (Affiliate links are included for your shopping convenience.)
7 Natural Ways to Repel Mosquitoes
1. Make an essential oil bug spray.
You can keep bugs away when you may your own bug spray. Mix equal parts of citronella oil, lemongrass oil, and lavender oil to a spray bottle. Mix well and apply it to the skin prior to going outdoors where pests will be a problem. While it smells great to you, mosquitoes will hate it.
2. Make lavender bands.
Before hiking or going for an outdoor walk, dab some lavender oil onto a headband or wrist band. Tie the band on and mosquitoes will think twice before biting. The smell of the lavender oil can also make the walk/hike feel more relaxing and enjoyable for you as well.
3. Make a mosquito fighting centerpiece.
Fill a vase or jar with fresh stems of lavender and citronella, or even lemon balm. Not only will this look fresh, green, and beautiful on your table but it will keep mosquitoes from crashing your party and making a meal out of you.
4. Burn herbs on your campfire.
Tossing some rosemary or sage into your campfire can help keep mosquitoes away. The smoke and scent the burning herbs create will send mosquitoes elsewhere and let you enjoy the campfire you have created for yourself.
5. Plant some catnip.
This tip is great for cat owners, because not only will you grow catnip for your cat in this case but the fresh catnip plants will keep mosquitoes away. Catnip is an attractive plant, so feel free to add it to your flower beds and container gardens.
6. Don’t let water accumulate.
One of the easiest ways to keep mosquitoes away is to avoid water puddles or sitting water. Don’t let items around your yard and porch accumulate water (kiddie pools, empty containers, etc.) as these will be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Keep all of these items turned over when not in use so they don’t fill up with rain water and invite the mosquitoes to come and dine/breed in your yard.
7. Plant an herb garden.
Plant an herb garden filled with lemon balm, lavender, basil, and chives. All of these plants aren’t just great for cooking, but mosquitoes hate the smell of them. Adding them to containers around your porch and patio can be especially helpful, while being decorative at the same time.
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Are you ready to take your yard back and get control of the mosquitoes that have been running amuck? Give these tips for repelling mosquitoes naturally a try and see how easy and chemical free it can be!
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