How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes Naturally – No Chemicals Needed

We all enjoy the spring and summer months. We feel better once we’ve left the cold, gloomy winter behind. It starts off well enough. You step outside, excited to enjoy the sun and all that nature has to offer. All is fine for a short time. You take a deep breath of fresh air and get started perhaps on gardening, or some other plans for outdoor projects.

Little girl itching her leg from mosquito bite

But then, with a buzz in your ear, all those good feelings fade and you realise the bloodsuckers have returned!. With the UK’s ever-changing weather, mosquitoes can be found anywhere from warm spring showers in April to damp, mild conditions in October. They prefer humid, moist situations and that’s just a fact. Luckily, besides mosquito repellents and killers, there are some natural repellents you may want to try at home the next time you see a mosquito buzzing around in your environment. 

What are mosquitoes attracted to?

Mosquitoes do prefer some people over others. It is not a mystery why or how. If you meet certain conditions, you will be more vulnerable. Here are a few of them:

Clothing 

Mosquitoes use their vision to locate their hosts, and dark-coloured clothing will help them find you more easily. It’s all about contrast! If you’re dressed in dark clothing and standing against a lighter backdrop, such as grass, you will surely be easier to find. This is less of an issue at night of course.

Odour

Mosquitoes are drawn to specific compounds found on the skin and in the sweat of humans. These compounds emit a distinct odour that attracts them. They have been shown to be attracted to a number of different compounds.
Lactic acid and ammonia are two examples that you might be familiar with. The causes of the differences in body odour that make many people more attractive to mosquitoes are unclear and still being researched. Genetics, some bacteria on the skin, or a combination of both may be to blame.

Body Temperature

The human body produces heat, and the amount of water vapour near our skin varies depending on the temperature outside. A mosquito can sense heat and water vapour as it gets closer to you. This could influence whether or not it bites.

Mosquito on a hand
They are drawn to nearby heat sources that are at a comfortable temperature. These factors can also play a role in the selection of a host. Mosquitoes that tend to feed on humans can find these variations unappealing.

Carbon Dioxide

The amount released by your body as it burns energy is used to calculate your metabolic rate. If you have a high metabolic rate, you’re more likely to emit more carbon dioxide, which attracts an even bigger number of mosquitoes.
This is why being pregnant or overweight, consuming alcohol, and exercising will all increase your metabolic rate. A rise in carbon dioxide levels will alert a mosquito to the presence of a possible host. The mosquito will, then, head straight to that location.

Why you should get rid of mosquitoes

They are undoubtedly some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet, killing millions of people each year. These parasitic flies are capable of carrying and transmitting diseases to humans, such as zika. Mosquito bites are, for the most part, nothing more than an itchy sensation that goes away eventually with time.
This is not true, however, for people who have a low immune system and are often prone to life-threatening illnesses. An infestation of mosquitoes can serve as carriers of diseases such as yellow fever, malaria, and dengue fever in humans. 

10 natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes

While cutting down the mosquito population is the way to go! Chemical insecticides and zappers used to kill them might have caught your attention, but there are other solutions as well. Here are 10 natural, chemical-free remedies that will get rid of mosquitoes once and for all: 

1. Garlic

It works as a natural mosquito repellent, preventing a variety of diseases caused by these parasites. It can smell bad, but mosquitoes avoid it for that reason. Garlic has a potent and pungent odour that repels mosquitoes and also prevents them from entering your house. To use this solution, smash a few garlic pods, boil them in water, and spray the water around the room you want to keep mosquito-free. It will serve as a natural bug spray.

Garlics on a table

2. Citronella

Citronella oil is derived from citronella grass and belongs in the family of essential oils. It has a long history of effectively preventing mosquito bites. Many people use this extract instead of chemical pesticides due to its effectiveness. Simply infuse this extract in a vaporiser or a candle to help you avoid bites and eventually even kill them.

3. Tulsi

Plants such as tulsi and catnip work as natural repellents, particularly with tulsi being very good at eradicating mosquito larvae. Furthermore, all you would need to keep mosquitoes away is a tulsi shrub near your window. The plant has properties that will keep them at bay and prevent them from returning.

4. Eucalyptus and Lemongrass Oil

It works well as an indoor insect repellent. The combination of lemon and eucalyptus oil is highly successful at naturally repelling mosquitoes. The active component cineole in lemon and eucalyptus oil is responsible for their insect-repellent and antiseptic properties when you apply it to the skin. The best thing about this mixture is that it is completely safe and does not have any of the negative side effects that chemical mosquito repellents do. To use this mixture, combine equal parts of lemon and eucalyptus oil and massage it into your skin.

5. Neem Oil

If you’re looking for a natural way to repel mosquitoes, this is the one. It works well as an indoor repellent. Combining neem oil with coconut oil is a proven and effective way to get rid of them. Neem is a powerful antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and anti-protozoal agent that gives your skin a distinct odour that deters the bloodsuckers. To make an effective insecticide, make a solution of neem oil with coconut oil and apply it liberally on the body. 

6. Lavender

With lavender, you hit two birds with one stone. You add a great scent to your room and keep mosquitoes away. They are also unable to bite because of the heavy smell of this herb. To get the best results from this home remedy, use lavender oil as a natural room freshener or add it to your skin mixing it with your cream.

Lavender

7. Peppermint

This one is for you if the smell of mint relaxes you. Mint extract and mint oil are as effective as any other indoor mosquito repellent. Mint leaves and essence can be used in a variety of ways. You can put it in a vaporiser to help fill the room with a minty smell. Apply the oil to your body, or plant the shrub somewhere outside your window. You might also combine a little mint-flavoured mouthwash with water and spray it around your house.

8. Tea Tree Oil

It has many benefits for your skin and hair, as well as being an effective antibacterial agent. But did you know that it can serve as a natural mosquito repellent? The odour as well as its antibacterial properties deter bites and drive them away. If you choose to use this treatment, you can either rub tea tree oil on your skin or use a vaporiser with a few drops of it. The smell of the oil will pervade the air and eventually kill the mosquitoes in the house.

9. Camphor

Camphor can hold the key to eradicating mosquitoes in your home. It is made from a tree extract and has the longest mosquito repellent properties. All you would need to do is to close all the doors and windows and then light camphor in the room. Leave it like this for 15 to 20 minutes before returning to a mosquito-free area. How lovely!

10. Mosquito Traps

You’ll need to cut a plastic bottle in half to build your own mosquito trap. Then, in a large mixing bowl, combine brown sugar and hot water. Pour the mixture into the bottom half of the container until it has cooled and add some yeast. Then, place the funnel half of the bottle upside down on the bottom half (with the bottle cap off). Wrap the bottle in black tape and position it in a mosquito-infested field.

How to prevent mosquitoes from coming back

It’s not just the bites that are a mosquito problem here; it is the aftermath that can be just as bad. That’s why, during the summer, prevention should be the top priority. Follow these guidelines to stay ahead of those disease carriers:

Citronella candle ,essence oil and spray bottle

Check for Any Standing Water in the Garden

Any area with stagnant water can serve as mosquito breeding grounds. It can be anywhere – under your flowerpots, an open can, old tires, ponds, birdbaths, etc. Even something as small as a bottle cap can attract them. Adult mosquitoes can lay eggs in water and multiply up to a point where you may consider using a larvicide, mosquito dunks or coffee grounds to contain them.
Avoid a disaster by draining any standing water in the garden, emptying buckets, and staying away from ponds. Your swimming pool, on the other hand, is the one watery place that you don’t have to worry about.

Dress Right

Stick with light-coloured clothes that cover legs and arms. Mosquitoes are drawn to dark colours as we mentioned above. Any garment that helps in keeping mosquitoes away is just a bonus! If you’re going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure to cover any exposed areas.

Spray Prior to Going Out

If you’re throwing a big outdoor party, be sure to have a spray bottle with DEET. Simply connect the bottle to a hose and spray the area you want to use at least 24 hours ahead of time.

Use Lanterns or Candles

With a bug-deterring luminaire, you can set the mood and keep your guests comfortable. Try a lantern that you can hang or mount for a more sophisticated gathering. When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, geraniol-containing wax is much more powerful than citronella candles, so it’s up to you which one you’ll choose.

Eliminate Scented Products

This can be difficult but any scented lotion, perfume, or soap can attract mosquitoes. So, avoid scented items at all costs if you want to keep mosquitoes off your skin.

How to keep mosquitoes away from your skin

Here are a few tips on how to protect your skin and how to treat the bites:

Cover exposed skin – wear long sleeves to protect the skin when you’re outdoors at the time of the day when mosquitoes are most active. Also, avoid wearing sandals.

When eating or drinking outdoors, cover the food, especially sweet foods, as mosquitoes may get into any open bottles, containers, etc. Also, close doors and windows or cover them with thin mosquito netting or door beads.

If you fell victim to a mosquito bite, soap and water can be used to clean the affected area. For at least 10 minutes, apply a cold compress (such as a flannel or fabric soaked in cold water) or an ice pack to the swelling, if any. It will help slow down the inflammation.

Scratching the area must be avoided at all costs. You may consider apple cider vinegar or Aloe Vera as both can relieve and ease the itching. 

Dad and son use mosquito repellent spray

The Dalai Lama once said: “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” These tiny creatures are determined to cause you some real troubles, particularly during the warmer weather and will serve as disease carriers. Killing them with synthetic chemical agents may not be an effective form of pest control and can result in some serious health risks. This is why, with natural DIY chemical-free remedies, it has never been easier to eradicate them while maintaining a healthy pesticide-free environment around you.  

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