Keeping Mosquitos at Bay the All Natural Way

Summer is here and with it comes those pesky mosquitos. Here in Arizona the mosquito density is no where near as bad as humid states but I would still rate it between light and moderate. There are many products out there to deter those little blood suckers but instead of reaching for commercialized products this summer, try out some of these all natural ways to keep them at bay.


For starters, mosquitos hate the following plants so by incorporating them into your yard and DIY projects, you can make the perfect all natural mosquito repellents.

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DIY Citronella Candles

Want something cute to put on the table for an outdoor dinner party? Try these DIY Citronella candles. All you need to do is combine mint, rosemary, a generous amount of citronella oil, water, and lastly, lemon and lime slices. Add a floating tea light candle and you’re good to go! Find more info here.

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Lemon Grass Lotion

Want something more topical? Then grab some essential oils and lotion to create your own mosquito repelling lotion! Keep in mind that the lotion will only last 2 hours so you will need to reapply. Read more here.


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Repellent Bracelets

Want something you can wear and not have to worry about reapplying? Grab a set of all natural mosquito repellent bracelets. They come in a set of 5, smell delicious, and come in a resealable bag so that you can reuse them. Pick your own set here.

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What all natural ways have you tried to keep the mosquitos away?

  • Reginia Cordell

    If there’s one thing that sends me over the edge while being outside, it’s mosquitos. I grew up in the South and mosquitos were horrid. We used Off quite often. I’d much rather use Lavender as it smells a lot better.

  • Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    We recently tried a stretchy bracelet, but it did not work well at all. These bracelets look interesting. Definitely checking them out!

  • Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    We need to try this in our family! Our town is ground zero for EEE and West Nile every single summer, so we have a bad mosquito problem here.

  • mykidsguide

    These are great ideas. I had known about citronella, but i didn’t know that basil, rosemary and all those other plants can keep them at bay,too. I will have to give that DIY citronella candles a try.

  • Valerie@Occasionally Crafty

    We have only tried the bracelets before, with mixed effects. My daughter hardly ever gets bitten, while the rest of us get eaten alive! I wonder what it is that makes a difference to the mosquitos? Great ideas to try….

  • Ashley

    I absolutely loved that first graphic you posted, and pinned it immediately. I live on Long Island and we have a ridiculous mosquito issue come July. My daughter recently learned that marigolds help repeal mosquitoes and has wanted to plant them literally everywhere. Thank you for giving me some more options lol! As for repelling them myself, I actually use my organic household cleaner, which is totally safe for the skin. I’ve heard that peppermint oil works really well, too!

  • Megan Elford

    These are great natural ways to keep the bugs away! I hate using chemicals on my family’s skin, but sometimes the bugs are so bad, it’s not much of a choice. Now I’ll have these much safer options to try first!

  • Erica Brooks HFM

    The bracelets really work. My husband bought some a couple of years ago and they still work.

  • Lyndsey Jones

    This will come in very handy this time of year. I also know some friends who can really benefit from this information. Thanks for sharing.

  • Amy Ditmore

    Each of these sounded better than the last. Since we had so much rain this last month, the mosquitos are HORRIBLE and I don’t like using chemicals if I don’t have to. These ideas are great, especially the lotion with Aneeno and those plants. I may try to stick some out near my porch swing so I can sit out there later.

  • Lauren

    These look like great ways to repel mosquitos! Nobody likes to be bitten, so I hope that people will be able to successfully use these methods. I haven’t heard of the bracelet before — I might have to give it a try when I can.

  • Miranda (Myrabev)

    We very lucky in England not to have the mosquitoes but we do have some worst flies ever, though I love summer it hate it as well due to the flies. I am loving the candles and the bracelet how neat.

  • Jaime Nicole

    We need to give these a shot. Our evenings outside and full of too many mosquitoes! Thank you for sharing!

  • Kat B.

    What a great idea!. This will definitely help make the Alabama summers a little bit more bearable.

  • Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I use Citronella patches to keep mosquitoes from our home. I like the DIY citronella candle and wil be making that soon.

  • Paulline @ milastolemyheart

    Thank you for the tips. We already have basil and rosemary in the garden but didn’t really know they are natural mosquito repellant.