Keep pests at bay and stay bite-free with these easy tips and DIY project — no chemicals required.
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can also carry dangerous diseases like the West Nile virus and the Zika virus.
Banish Standing Water
The best way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to eliminate their breeding sites. Check your entire property for standing water, paying particular attention to places where it’s prone to collect: clogged gutters, pet bowls, kiddie pools, watering cans, tarps, trays underneath potted plants. Keep your lawn mowed and weeds under control to prevent water from pooling in foliage.
Hang a Bat House
Thin out the mosquito population by inviting their predators, such as bats, dragonflies and swallows, into your yard. With just one bat house, you can host up to 50 brown bats, who can eat thousands of mosquitoes each night. We sell bat houses here!
Buy or DIY Citronella Candles
Citronella candles can be effective at keeping mosquitoes away, but only if they’re the real deal; some store-bought candles merely contain a synthetic citronella scent rather than the essential oil. With just a few supplies, you can make an army of these homemade citronella candles. Light them around the perimeter of your outdoor living spaces to create a mosquito-free zone.
Blow Them Away
If you can’t enjoy a pleasant evening on the porch without being eaten alive, just turn the fan on (or install one if needed). Mosquitoes are fairly weak fliers, so they’ll avoid your outdoor living spaces if there’s a breeze.
Repel Them With Plants
This is our favorite! Certain plants and herbs, such as marigolds, lavender, lemon balm and basil, are said to have mosquito-repellent properties. For a more potent solution, make these herbal bundles and toss them on the fire or BBQ during your next outdoor get-together:
Natural Bug Repellent: Herbal Mosquito Bundles
Repel mosquitoes by burning these lavender, sage and mint bundles.
Gather Your Supplies
On newspaper, lay out your fresh herbs. Be sure that they do not have any water on their leaves, if so they will mold.
Cut the String
Cut a 4 foot long piece of string. Cut the herbs to approximately 6 inches long. Lay the string on the newspaper. In the center of the string, form a pile of herbs from the sage, lavender and mint.
Tie the Top
Tie a tight knot in the string close to the top of the herb pile.
Lots of Knots
Flip the herb bundle over and tie another knot. Continue tightly tying knots on both sides until you reach the end of the bundle.
Knot the End
Finish the bundle by knotting off the end and trimming up any loose ends on the herbs.
Just Add Fire
Put out in a decorative basket at your next BBQ or outdoor gathering. Allow guests to toss the bundles on the fire or BBQ to keep mosquitoes away.