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 mosquito repellents to keep them at bay.
For starters, the easiest way to start deterring pesky mosquitos is be incorporating certain plants into your yard, DIY projects, or home. They make the perfect all natural mosquito repellents and everyone loves adding a little green to their home. To name a few rosemary, horsemint, marigold, lemon balm, ageratum, citronella, cat nip, basil, lemon thyme, and lavender are great options.
DIY Citronella Candles
Want something cute to put on the table for an outdoor dinner party? Try making your own citronella candles. You will need to buy tea light candles and citronella oil which are relatively cheap if you don’t already have these items. Grab a couple of mason jars(or anything cute!), fill them with water, and slice up a lemon and lime. Add a couple drops of the citronella oil to the water and stir. Next add the lemon slices, lime slices, a couple twigs of mint and rosemary to the jar. Place your floating candle on top and light to start repelling mosquitos the all natural way!
Lemon Grass Lotion
Want something more topical? 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 but this is a super easy and all natural way to repel mosquitos without using chemicals.
Want something you can wear and not have to worry about reapplying? Grab a set of all natural mosquito repellent bracelets. There are lots of options on the market now and are the easiest option if you’re out and about in the outdoors.
What all natural ways have you tried to keep the mosquitos away?
Reginia Cordell says
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 says
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) says
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.
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 says
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….
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 says
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 says
The bracelets really work. My husband bought some a couple of years ago and they still work.
Lyndsey Jones says
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 says
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.
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) says
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 says
We need to give these a shot. Our evenings outside and full of too many mosquitoes! Thank you for sharing!
Kat B. says
What a great idea!. This will definitely help make the Alabama summers a little bit more bearable.
Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen says
I use Citronella patches to keep mosquitoes from our home. I like the DIY citronella candle and wil be making that soon.
Paulline @ milastolemyheart says
Thank you for the tips. We already have basil and rosemary in the garden but didn’t really know they are natural mosquito repellant.