Mosquitoes aren’t just a nuisance, they can be dangerous to your human and furry loved ones and cause itchy bites. Mosquitos often carry disease, and nobody likes the little buggers buzzing in their ears on a cool summer night. Luckily, there are lots of great natural deterrents for mosquito control that work well and can often leave your outdoor space smelling great!
The outdoor mosquito control method you choose should be based on the scent you like, the size of your mosquito population, and the effectiveness of each. We’ve put together a list of some of the most effective mosquito control methods that you can use, including many that require only common household ingredients.
First, the basics: Mosquito 101
Natural mosquito control is important, because mosquitoes can sometimes pose a threat to your friends and family. Mosquitos do not bite humans for food, they bite when they are ready to lay eggs. This is why, as you may have heard, only female mosquitoes bite us.
The natural transmission of diseases like west nile, malaria, dengue and yellow fever puts your family at risk if there are lots of mosquitoes buzzing around your backyard. Besides the risk of disease, nobody likes the painful, itchy bumps after mosquito bites.
Mosquitoes are an important part of the ecosystem, so it’s better to repel them than to kill them. The good news is that this means mosquitoes have many natural predators, like birds and other insects, spiders, fish, frogs, and other amphibians, and reptiles.
Mosquitoes breed in pools of standing water. Eliminating any stagnant water sources around your yard will reduce the likelihood of you getting bit by a pregnant mosquito, ready to lay her eggs. Checking for standing water after each rainfall is a great way to keep mosquitoes further away from your outdoor space. You might even recognize mosquito larvae swimming around shallow puddles of rain water.
Mosquito control outdoors: Natural and other repellent methods
There are so many natural remedies for keeping these bugs at bay that we can’t list them all. Here are some of the most effective mosquito-control ingredients that offer great protection from mosquitoes in your insect repellent:
1. Essential oils such as lavender, lemon, or eucalyptus, lemongrass oil, peppermint, clove, tea tree oil and cedar oil. Our experts use a beautiful-smelling cedar oil as the natural repellent for our lawn-care clients.
2. Lavender or citronella- including lavender or citronella candles.
3. Garlic and water. This mixture can be useful but doesn’t have the same sweet smell as other natural repellents.
4. Burning sage or rosemary.
5. Oscillating fans. This sounds silly, but mosquitoes have a difficult time fighting the force of a fan’s breeze while flying. If accessible to you, this could be enough of a deterrent for your space.
6. Natural traps. You can make a warm water sugar mixture with yeast that will attract and trap the mosquitoes in your yard. Just cut a plastic soda bottle in half, turn the top upside down and tape it back over the bottom half of the bottle so mosquitoes can fly in, but get trapped in the liquid or simply can’t navigate their way out.
7. There are also many natural plant deterrents that can keep mosquitoes at bay while feeding your family or adding a little more color and personality to your garden. These include, but are not limited to the following:
- Lemon balm
8. Chemical insecticides. Typically, DEET is the main ingredient in chemical-based mosquito killers. Look for a product that is EPA approved and non-toxic, and has a DEET concentration of about 30-50 percent.
9. Bug zappers. While slightly abrasive, bug zappers can be effective. Hang these around your yard if you don’t mind the noise.
What to do if your outdoor mosquito treatment fails
If you’re not getting the result you’re looking for with all-natural or hardware store bug repellent, leave the pesky mosquitoes up to us. Our all-natural methods will clear your yard of mosquitoes and keep it smelling amazingly all summer long.
Not only do we use chemical free products that are highly effective, but we can also apply treatments to prevent tick infestation as well. Keep your family safe and enjoy your outdoor space this summer. Get in touch with us today or check out our pest repellent services here.