How do you keep mosquitoes away naturally?

One of the questions we get asked most frequently is “Can you keep mosquitoes away naturally?” A simple online search will provide an endless list of tips and tricks that supposedly keep mosquitoes away naturally. But do they actually work? 

Here are the three most effective ways to naturally keep mosquitoes away:

  • Eliminate standing water on or near your property.
  • Install fans in your outdoor area.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants in light colors.

What’s the Best All-Natural Method to Keep Mosquitoes Away?

There is one method of natural mosquito control that’s more effective than any others – eliminate standing water on your property. It’s not possible on every property, but if you’re able, this will have a major impact on the mosquito presence. This is because when you eliminate standing water, you eliminate mosquito breeding sites. They have to go elsewhere to lay their eggs.

Another surprisingly effective natural mosquito control method is installing fans. Mosquitoes are weak fliers; they hate windy environments. When you turn on a fan, they will avoid the area.

Homemade Mosquito Repellents

Essential oils tout a long list of benefits, but do they work as a natural mosquito repellent? It’s questionable. Some people say they do, but research shows that homemade mosquito repellants are far less effective than DEET or picaridin-based repellants.

Here’s what we know about various DIY mosquito repellants:

  1. Lemon eucalyptus oil. The CDC and the EPA classify lemon eucalyptus as a mosquito repellent. Although seemingly mild, you should note that it has not been approved for kids younger than three years old.
  2. Peppermint oil. Mixed with a carrier oil, peppermint is a pungent oil that can possibly keep mosquitoes at bay.
  3. Catnip oil: Derived from catnip with steam distillation, catnip oil is said to provide light protection against mosquitoes for several hours.
  4. Lavender oil: Similar to citronella oil, studies have shown that lavender may be temporarily effective at repelling adult mosquitoes and bites.

Does Taking Vitamin B or Coconut Oil Repel Mosquitoes?

Despite claims that taking vitamin B supplements can repel mosquitoes, studies have found that it does not have an effect. Similar studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of coconut oil – with similar results.

While not found to be effective on its own, topical applications of coconut oil on the skin combined with essential oils could help to repel mosquitoes. As always, speak with a medical professional before you begin using any homemade mosquito repellants.

If you have any additional questions about mosquitoes in Mid-South TN and mosquito control, be sure to give us a call!

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