Are you fed up with all the mosquitoes buzzing around your yard? If they’re forcing you to stay inside, how safe would it be for your family if you sprayed them with pesticides? The answer is, “not very” because chemicals pose a health risk for children and pets. But there are natural mosquito repellent you can use to drive away mosquitoes that would be safe for everyone.
All About Mosquitoes
Sunrise and sunset are when these flying insects are most active. So, if you like sipping coffee out on the patio in the early mornings, they may be an annoyance. And when the family gathers in the backyard in the evening, they’re back again! The females are the ones that bite you with their long-extended mouths, feeding off your blood. The males are unable to suck blood from mammals, so they instead dine on plant nectar.
Mosquitoes have scales with wings on either side that are perfectly symmetrical. You can see them flying around alone, but they’re often in swarms. They breed in stagnant water, so if you have a pond or other standing water in your yard, you’ll see them congregating. Mosquitoes are mostly an annoyance, but they do carry serious diseases, like the West Nile Virus. There may be no way to totally get rid of all the mosquitoes in your yard, but there are ways to dramatically reduce their numbers.
Recognizing a Mosquito Problem
It’s fairly easy to recognize when you have a mosquito problem because you can see and hear them buzzing around. They aren’t shy about flying close enough for you to hear the buzz. And if you don’t see or hear them, you’ll be scratching those red bumps where you’ve been bitten soon enough.
As discussed above, it’s impossible to completely banish the mosquitoes in your yard, so your goal is to reduce their numbers as much as possible. There are several ways of doing this using natural products, but you may need to use a combination of these methods before you’re able to keep them away.
Citronella Candles & Torches
If you want to enjoy time outside in the evenings, you can keep the mosquitoes away by having lit citronella scented candles and torches strategically placed around. Lots of bugs, including mosquitoes hate the smell of citronella. So, if you place the candles nearby, the mosquitoes will leave you alone. This will only work as long as the candles are lit, so you may need to combine this method with others.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
You can also mix lemon eucalyptus oil with olive oil and spray it around your patio and other areas in your backyard where you and your family hang out. This is an extremely effective non-toxic short-term solution. That’s right, this will only work for short periods of time.
Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents
There are ultrasonic devices that emit a sound that repels mosquitoes. Humans can’t hear it, but mosquitoes do, and will immediately flee to avoid the high-pitched tone. However, this sound can also bother pets, especially if they have sensitive hearing. So, if you have pets it would be wise to test it out before leaving it on very long.
Since it’s impossible to completely eliminate the mosquitoes in your yard unlike most other household pests, your best approach would be to avoid attracting them in the first place. Start by removing any standing water, like birdbaths, kiddy pools and puddles. Mosquitoes are also drawn to food, so when you’re grilling or dining outside, keep all food sealed up tightly until it’s ready to go on the grill. When dining outside, make sure you place plenty of citronella candles around.
Don’t allow mosquitoes to drive you inside so you can’t enjoy your backyard over the summer. Try the natural methods outlined above to banish them instead! You do not have to use toxic chemical pesticides that could pose a health risk to you and your family.