More than any insect I know, mosquitoes are those that I dread the most. First, the unmelodious music they sing into my ears annoys me and gets me in a bad mood. It hurts me the most when I have my “hit and miss” battles with them.
To worsen the case, mosquito bites give me skin irritation. That is my ordeal with those creatures! That is how I got some genius hacks on how to get rid of mosquitoes from my home and garden.
Are you fed up with having mosquitoes outsmarting you and piercing their ways into your skin? Now is the time for you to know the smart ways to deal with them. Learn how to get rid of mosquitoes from inside your homes and even your garden to enjoy your evening parties and gathering outside.
21 Genius Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes at Home
1. Plant Herbs & Flowers That Repel Mosquitoes
You will agree with me that it may be quite challenging to curtail mosquito actions, especially in open spaces like your garden. Well, we can’t spray insecticide ( that is a NO!). But, there is a typical feature of the garden that you can always retain to control mosquitoes. And what is that? Planting herbs and flowers that repel mosquitoes.
There are some amazing plants with scents that will keep mosquitoes away. Apart from beautifying your garden, these flowers and herbs (medicinal, of course!) are great to cultivate in your home. You can keep rosemary, lavender, and basil plants indoors or outdoors to keep mosquitoes away.
2. Mosquito Incense
You don’t only have to burn incense for the sweet-smelling fragrance. It is also a fantastic option to consider to get rid of mosquitoes in your home both indoors and outdoors. Mosquitoes don’t like smoke.
They run away from aromatic smoke. So, while you sit back and enjoy the aromatic fragrance of your incense, you can keep a smiley face because what makes you happy chases mosquitoes far from you. The most effective incense sticks contain 100% natural ingredients like citronella, eucalyptus, and even cloves.
3. Scatter Coffee Grounds Outside
The use of coffee grounds is one of the simple tricks you should know to get rid of mosquitoes in your home. So, how do you use coffee grounds? The first thing you should know is that you use coffee grounds to target breeding areas for these insects. Where are we talking about here? I am referring to places where you have stagnant water.
If it seems impossible to totally get rid of stagnant water anywhere around your home, scatter used coffee grounds in areas of standing water. The mosquito eggs come to the surface of the water, and the grounds deprive them of oxygen.
4. Use Less Beauty Products
Mosquitoes are big fans alluring fragrance. So, you shouldn’t be surprised if you have to deal with mosquitoes after using some nice lotions, hairspray, perfume and even deodorant. If you know you will be spending your evening at a friend’s garden party, don’t get there smelling like a fresh bouquet of flower. You know why? Mosquitoes might come rushing at you as much as the compliments you will get.
To be safe, you can use perfume, lotion, hairspray, or deodorant with strong lavender, basil, rosemary, or even eucalyptus scent. So, even when you smell purely natural and good, mosquitoes will steer clear you.
Essential Oils to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
I don’t ever dispute the general conception that essential oils multipurpose and quite dynamic. Essential oils are safe and better alternatives to the use of dangerous chemicals to get rid of mosquitoes.
Many essential oils are aromatic and have insect-repelling properties. The perfect essential oils to use are those containing volatile substances like linalool, thujone, geraniol, citronellal, citronellol, limonene, pinene, and eucalyptol. So, let’s see how to use some essential oils to chase mosquitoes.
5. Clove Bud Oil
Clove bud oil is a powerful mosquito deterrent. Its main ingredient, which is eugenol, has powerful antiseptic and insect repellent properties. You can mix your clove bud essential oil with another carrier oil to apply on the open skin area before stepping out.
6. Peppermint Oil
In the easiest and most effective way, you can use peppermint oil as your natural insecticide. The pungent scent of this essential oil has a great way of choking mosquitoes and keeping them off your zone.
You can use peppermint as a mosquito repellent by mixing a few drops of pure peppermint oil in water and place in a spray bottle. Using this peppermint oil spray leaves your home smelling fresh and, at the same time, keeps mosquitoes off.
7. Tea Tree Oil
Another essential oil I must not forget to mention is Tea Tree Oil. Yes! It also contains properties for fighting off mosquitoes. But most importantly, it is a great oil to use for insect bites. Dilute this oil with water or carrier oil and apply it to the bitten area to ease the sting.
8. Geranium Oil
Geranium oil is a popular beauty oil used in different beauty products. But it is not just a beauty charm oil; it works great for dealing with mosquitoes. Geranium oil contains powerful components that makes it a great insect deterrent.
This is because of its primary component, Citronellol. To prevent mosquitoes from biting my face and neck, I add a few drops of the oil to my shampoo.
9. Lemon and Eucalyptus Oil
Combine your lemon oil with eucalyptus oil, and you will surely love the action on repelling mosquitoes. This natural remedy is extracted from the leaves of lemon eucalyptus trees and, in its essential oil form, is made up of 85% citronellal, which gives it its repellent properties.
10. Use A Fan
Summertime is a particular period when you will have to deal with mosquitoes in their multiple turnouts. Because of the heal, using a fan indoors is sure a way to keep your body cool. But it is also a trick for making mosquitoes lose their balance. Making use of fans indoor and outdoor helps to keep these insects as far away from you as possible.
I do run a couple of oscillating fans on my patio or porch. Not only does it keep my guests cool and comfortable, but it also blows away mosquitoes.
11. Camphor Oil
Camphor is one of the longest-lasting insect repellants. Using light camphor in a room with all the doors and windows closed 15 to 20 minutes will make your home mosquito-free in absolutely no time. Camphor or its oil has mosquitoes-repelling properties that will be of help in combatting those insects.
12. Citronella Oil
To eliminate mosquitoes, you may use this oil in quite a number of ways. You can spray in the room, apply it on your body or inject it into a candle and light it up.
Tulsi is an Indian herb that you should consider cultivation in your home to reduce mosquitoes breeding in your surroundings. This shrub helps kill mosquito larvae and keep mosquitoes away. Plant a Tulsi shrub near the window; it has properties that will prevent mosquitoes from entering your house.
14. Pinion Wood
Pinion wood is a natural mosquito repellent. Apart from that, the smoky pine fragrance adds a great aroma to any occasion if used at a garden party. Once you burn pinion wood outside your house, the smell produced kills any mosquito within the environment.
15. Catnip and Feverfew
Catnip and feverfew are mosquito repellant plants. You can also plant them in your home garden to prevent mosquitoes from reproducing around your home environment.
Some people dislike the scent of garlic. Well, as unpleasant as the scent may be for some, the scent is terribly bad for mosquitoes. Just for mosquitoes’ sake, you might want to consider using some garlic. Note! It is not for you to chew.
You will need to crush some garlic cloves mix it with water then let it boil for a few minutes. After boiling it spray the mixture in the room to kill all the mosquitoes present.
17. Mosquito Traps
Yes! There are traps for mosquitoes too. You can get mosquito traps from the supermarket, online, or even make them at home. Homemade mosquito traps are easy to make. So, if you’re thinking about the cost, you can make an inexpensive variety right in your home.
For the DIY mosquito trap, cut a plastic bottle in two. Add brown sugar in hot water and stir. Once it cools, pour the mixture into the bottom half of the bottle then add yeast.
Now, put the top half of the bottle on the bottom half in an upside-down direction (with the cap removed). Wrap black tape around the bottle and place it in the mosquito-infested area.
18. Put Up Bat Houses
I know you’re asking yourself now. “What the hell is the connection between bats and mosquitoes?” There is a link. Bats feast on mosquitoes, and the more bats you can attract to your yard, the fewer mosquitoes you will have.
So, with more bats in your garden, you stand the chance of reducing mosquitoes. Put up bat houses in your yard, sit back and watch them make their diet out of those mosquitoes.
19. Create A Bird Habitat
Creating a home for birds is another way to get rid of mosquitoes in your garden. Apart from bats, many species of birds, including purple martins, swallows, and some migratory songbirds, devour adult mosquitoes and also eat mosquito larvae. To attract these birds, hang a variety of bird feeders, suet feeders, and create a bird-welcoming environment.
20. Build A Pond
Your fish pond breeds dragonflies. Both dragonflies and fish are mosquito eaters. Some people even call dragonflies mosquito hawks. So, with dragonflies in a pond, you can watch them hunt those insects for you.
21. DIY Chemical Free Insect Home and Room Spray
Many mosquito repellant products contain some hazardous chemicals that may be harmful to health. Rather than use these chemical products, it is better to make your safe products at home. Below is a sample for you to try.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Tea tree essential oil (5 drops)
- Lemon essential oil (5 drops eucalyptus essential oil)
For your DIY mosquitoes spray, fill a spray bottle half full of water and half full of apple cider vinegar. Add the essential oils. Use as a room or window screen spray.
There you go! Twenty-one amazing ways to get rid of mosquitoes from your home and garden. And you don’t have to be dogmatic about it, try new options, be dynamic, and enjoy your mosquito-free environment all year round.