You must admit, you love those warm, quiet, beautiful, summer evening when you relax in the comfortable couch in your living room, sip a cold drink, think of nothing, enjoy being finally peaceful, alone… until a couple of angry, nasty, irritating mosquitoes suck the blood out of you like they haven’t eaten in 10 days and like there’s no tomorrow?
As this wouldn’t be enough, mosquitoes carry and pass around ugly pathogens that cause deadly diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, hepatitis, encephalitis, to only name a few.
How to get rid of mosquitoes so they never bite you again?
Mosquitoes are bad, but chemical mosquito repellents are even worse, as they contain toxic substances that get under your skin and into your body.
You’re lucky today, as I will show you several methods to keep mosquitoes away from you in your house using natural, highly effective, non-toxic, and even pleasantly scented remedies. Discover 11+ natural methods in getting rid of pests, 15 mosquito repellent essential oils, 3 deadly traps, 5+ DIY recipes, and more.
11 Natural, Effective, and Non-Toxic Mosquito Repellents
There’s nothing safest than a mosquito net. Supposing that it’s intact.
There’s quite nothing like the sound of a mosquito trying to bite you… on the other side of the mesh.
Suck me if you can, mosquito!
For maximum security, spray the net with mosquito-repellent essential oils. Which are these? Find out below.
In many studies, essential oils have shown superior repellent activities compared to chemical repellents. They are regarded as safer and better options for humans, pets, and environment. Using essential oils is a great natural way to repel mosquitoes when you’re in the house and outdoors too.
How to Use Essential Oils as Mosquito Repellents
- Dilute the essential oils in a carrier oil such as Coconut oil, Olive oil, or Grapeseed oil, 20 drops in 1 oz. of carrier oil. Either use one single oil or a combination that you fancy. Rub the diluted essential oil on the exposed areas of your skin. The secret is to reapply it every 1-2 hours, as essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate shortly.
- Use the mosquito repellent essential oils in an aromatherapy room diffuser.
- Wear an essential oil jewelry, such as an essential oil diffuser necklace or an essential oil diffuser bracelets. Add drop 1-3 drops of any mosquito repellent essential oil (or a combination) directly on the dedicated felt pad inside the jewelry. It should keep the mosquitoes away from you.
Turmeric Oil Repellent
Turmeric oil has proven to be a fantastic natural way to repel mosquitoes when it is applied directly to the skin. Plus, it has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antiseptic, and anticarcinogenic properties as well.
Neem Oil – The Strong Odor That Repels Mosquitoes
Neem oil is renown for its insecticide properties, its strong (to some unpleasant) smell, and its large number of medicinal properties.
Apply neem oil to the skin or if you can’t stand the smell, dilute it with almond oil. It keeps mosquitoes away.
Highly Mosquito-Repellent Herbal Spray
You will need:
- 1 handful of mosquito repellent herbs (basil, thyme, mint, rosemary, lavender, sage) – dried or fresh
- 1 cup of hot water
- Up to 40 drops of essential oils
- Alcohol or witch hazel
How to Prepare It:
1). Steep the herbs in the cup of hot water (30 mins). Put a lid on, so the natural oils in the herbs remain inside the mixture.
2). Add the tea and alcohol in a spray bottle.
3). Shake and spray on your body and around you as needed. Safe for pets, kids, and adult.
Note: You can also add essential oils (about 20 drops).
Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Another way to repel mosquitoes naturally:
- Apple cider vinegar – ½ cup
- Water – ½ cup
- 35 drops of Eucalyptus or another mosquito repellent essential oil
Mix all ingredients in a spray bottle, shake and use. Spray it on your skin, and even on your clothes.
DIY Mosquito Repellent Candles
Making aromatherapy candles with natural ingredients is a wonderful occasion to show your crafty side. It is also a fun family activity.They are quite easy to make and they smell divine.
Mosquitoes, however, will hate them. But that’s exactly our plan, right? Perfect! Let’s do it.
To make the DIY Mosquito Repellent Essential oil Candle you will need:
- ½ pound beeswax or soy wax
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon any mosquito repellent essential oil
- 2 cotton wicks with tabs
- 2 X 6 oz. tin cans (or repurposed old candle glasses)
How to Make It:
1). First, prepare the containers where you will pour the melted composition. Place the wick in the center of the container.
2). Melt the wax and coconut oil in a double boiler or in a bain-marie on heat low.
3). When it’s completely melted add the essential oils. Mix quickly with a spatula, as the wax will start to harden.
4). Wearing a protective glove, hold the tip of the wick in place so it won’t float and carefully pour the melted composition while it’s still hot and liquid. Move quickly, otherwise, it will harden and you’ll have to start the melting process all over again.
5). In order to keep the wick vertical until the candle hardens, stick it with a glue gun onto a pencil horizontally placed on the tin can.
And that’s it. Let it sit and cool down for about 24 hours. Then, you can use them. Remember to trim the wick before lighting the candle.
If you’re not so keen on making your own candles, just buy natural, organic ones from local producers.
Deadly Soap Trap
Add a few squirts of dish soap (any flavor you like) in a bowl with water.
Mosquitoes are attracted to water, they land on its surface, and the soap prevents them from flying away so they drown.
Put a couple of soapy bowls around you and they will keep you mosquito-free.
Yeast, Sugar and Water Trap
You’re sweet (and that’s why mosquitoes love you) but you can also get tough when things get rough in your house, mosquito-wise.
How to kill mosquitoes in your home naturally and effectively?
Using sugar, yeast, water and a plastic bottle you can make a very effective natural, non-toxic, safe trap against mosquitoes. You won’t believe how the annoying buzzers fell for it by the dozens. Useful indoors and outdoors as well.
See all the details in the video below:
Offer Them a Beer (Another Trap)
Turns out mosquitoes like beer. Can we blame them? Beer is good.
So, what’s the trick?
Beer will attract mosquitoes, they fall into it, and well, drown.
Put Mosquitoes in the (Right) Spot Light
Okay, okay, but how to keep mosquitoes out of the house?
There are lights and lights. Did you know that some lights are mosquito repellents? Yellow LED lights, bug lights, and sodium lamps are not mosquitoes-friendly. In fact, mosquitoes dislike them so much that they stay away from them.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
Change the lights around the house and replace them with these anti-mosquito lights. Make sure that all lights in your garden, porch, and backyard, near your windows and doors are yellow LEDs, bug lights, or sodium lamps.
5 Wise Anti-Mosquito Tips
- Mosquitoes love water and humid places. Especially stagnant waters such as puddles, clogged gutters, drainage ditches, ponds, pools, and empty buckets with residual water.
- Use BTI (Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis granules into the stagnant water around your house. It is a non-toxic, natural, safe bacteria that kills mosquito larvae.
- Perform regular maintenance on your pool to avoid mosquito breeding around this place. Trim the vegetation around it, clean your pool, change the water, etc. Do what you need to do to make it unsuitable for mosquitoes.
- Mow the grass and trim the shrubs around the house, as randomly grown vegetation is a perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Check your window and door screens and fix them if they have even the tiniest of holes. You won’t believe how these pesky mosquitoes can sneak in like David Copperfield through an itsy bitsy tiny hole.
Now you know how to get rid of mosquitoes, using these 11 easy, natural, and effective methods that never fail and keep the suckers away.
Which method do you prefer and why? Let us know in the comments below.
Jane Scott grew up on a farm in California and is a crossover between a country girl and an evangelist for healthier living. She’s a nutritionist who preaches that healthy living need not be complicated.
She believes that by exercising regularly, eating mostly non-processed foods (with plenty of vegetables), and using home remedies for the small things and doctor’s advice for the big things, almost anybody can feel great and live a happier and healthier life. She’s excited to share her knowledge of natural remedies and healthier living on HRFL.
In her spare time, Jane enjoys cooking and watching bad rom-coms. She also loves nuts, and is a bit of a nut herself when it comes to Yoga, which she’s a little too obsessed with in the opinion of her friends and family.