During the mosquito season, these home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes are the best line of defense against the annoying tiny pests…
They may be small, but that doesn’t stop them from being annoying to no end.
Even just the thought of something biting at you and sucking your blood cannot be pleasant. The relentless buzzing in the middle of the night, keeping you awake and making you scratch even before you get bitten… And then, there’s the fact that mosquitoes are not dangerous for people most of the time!
Of course, you can always just go and purchase any commercial insecticide and be done with mosquitoes in no time. However, there is a reason why these products are so effective. They are full of toxins and chemicals that can get rid of mosquitoes, but they can also harm yours and your family’s health.
There are, of course, home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes that are equally efficient in repelling them, but they keep your home safe and healthy for you at the same time.
The Best Home Remedies for Getting Rid Of Mosquitoes:
Lemon and cloves
Grandmas’ favorite natural mosquito repellent! It works because mosquitoes hate the smell of cloves, as well as any citrus scents. So this combination keeps them away, making your room smell clean and pleasant at the same time.
All you have to do is cut a lemon in half and press 5 – 6 cloves into each half. Put the lemon on a plate and keep the plate anywhere in the room you want to ban mosquitoes from.
Luckily, the smells that repel mosquitoes can be quite pleasant for humans. Essential oils are a great way to keep mosquitoes (and other bugs) away without spending a fortune or compromising on your health.
The essential oils mosquitoes particularly dislike are: lemon eucalyptus, basil, clove, geranium, thyme, peppermint, lavender, neem, citronella, cedar, lemongrass and the combination of rosemary and sage.
You can put some of the oils (or a combination of few oils) into an oil diffuser and enjoy some aromatherapy while keeping the mosquitoes away. If you don’t have an essential oil diffuser, there are still ways to use essential oils against mosquitoes:
An essential oil spray
Pour 1 cup of water into a spray bottle and add a few drops of any essential oil from the list above. Shake well and spray all around your house a few times a day.
A mosquito-repellent body oil
You can protect yourself from getting bitten and moisturize your skin at the same time by applying the essential oils to your skin. But, you should never apply pure essential oils. Always dilute them in a carrier oil, such as olive, coconut or sweet almond oil.
Make DIY scented candles
Scented candles are a great way to get rid of mosquitoes, but they can be quite costly. But you can save some money and make your own candles, and here’s how:
In a double boiler, melt enough soy wax to fill your mold (like a glass or a jar). You can use beeswax or paraffin wax instead, but you’ll get the best results with soy wax.
When the wax turns liquid, remove it from the heat and add any essential oil or a combination of two or three oils from the list above. You will need around 3 drops of an oil for each cup of wax.
Place a wick in the mold and pour in the melted wax. Do this quickly, before the wax has a chance to cool down and solidify.
Here you can find a few more points on how to make your own aromatic candles.
Use plants instead of oils
Instead of using essential oils, you can simply use the plants we get the oils from. Plant catnip, basil, rosemary, mint, sage or lavender amongst the plants in your garden or keep the potted plants on your window sills.
Apple cider vinegar spray
Apple cider vinegar is one of the best natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes, especially since it doesn’t only repel grown mosquitoes, but it can also kill mosquito larvae. For this spray, you can also use red or white vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar.
Witch hazel has also shown some mosquito repelling properties, plus it is great in soothing the skin if you’ve already been bitten.
You will need:
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup witch hazel
- 4 – 5 drops citronella essential oil
Pour the apple cider vinegar into a clean spray bottle. Add the witch hazel and citronella oil (you can replace citronella oil with any other essential oil that mosquitoes don’t like).
Shake the bottle well before every use. You can spray this mixture around the areas you want to protect from mosquitos, but you can also apply it directly to your skin.
Just like most humans, mosquitoes also hate the scent of garlic. You can use this to your advantage, but the unpleasant scent makes this spray unpractical for using inside the house. However, it is perfect for protecting your garden from these tiny pests.
To make the mosquito-repelling garlic spray, put 2 cups of water and 15 cloves of garlic in a blender and blend well. Strain the mixture through a clean cotton cloth and pour the liquid into a spray bottle. Spray around the areas where you usually see mosquitoes.
This spray is one of the best home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes in your yard and garden. However, it is also strong enough to harm some plants. So be careful when using it and always test it first on a couple of leaves of the plants you want to preserve.