Enjoy Your Patio! Natural Mosquito Repellent Ideas

Real Estate Agent with KW Elite

It's HOT outside; summer is in full swing. Hopefully you are enjoying your outdoor spaces and spending time with friends and family as often as possible. Bob Vila has great tips to repel mosquitos naturally:


"Turn On a Fannatural insect repellent

Mosquitoes are lightweights. A fan blowing at a speed of two miles per hour simply is overpowering to a mosquito. So another option is to strategically place fans around your deck or patio to get a good bug-free breeze going.

Plant Lemon Grass

Thai lemon grass contains citronella oil, which has a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitos to find you. At the same time, lemon grass is a beautiful mounding perennial. Plant some on your property wherever your family and friends like to congregate.

Dress Appropriately

Certain species of mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like black, blue, and red. And they are all attracted to heat. So stay cool by wearing lighter colors. While you're at it, try to avoid wearing scented perfumes or lotions.

Change Your Lightbulbs

Mosquitoes aren’t attracted to all kinds of light—just some. Instead of standard bulbs, opt for LEDs, yellow "bug lights", or sodium lamps. That should reduce the number of mosquitoes swarming as you go in and out of the house during evening hours.Photo by etsy.com

Try Out Catnip Oil

Believe it or not, the essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, repels mosquitos more effectively than DEET. Though you may have to dodge your neighbor's cat as a result, catnip oil-based insect repellant does a good job of protecting exposed skin.

Build a Bat House

In only one hour, a bat can eat hundreds of insects, mosquitoes included. Build or buy a bat house, hang it in a well-ventilated area, and let those web-winged creatures do their thing.

Spray On Garlic

Yes, really. Garlic makes an effective natural mosquito repellant. Mix one part garlic juice with five parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spritz yourself as needed. As a side benefit, you will also repel vampires!

Remove Standing Water

Standing water is where mosquitoes make more mosquitoes. Limit the insects' ability to breed by clearing your gutters of clogs, filling in sunken parts of your lawn, and regularly changing the water in your bird bath or kiddie pool.

Use Natural Insect Spray

Made with five natural essential oils, Herbal Armor was voted "Best Gear of the Year" byNational Geographic. Before heading outside, grab a bottle of this popular DEET-free insect repellant spray; reapply every two hours."


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Adrian Willanger
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I love the tip about spraying yourself with garlic and water and I was just worried about smelling like garlic. 

Jul 15, 2013 05:58 AM #1
Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities
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Great tips, especially since West Nile Virus is making the rounds in my area.  I change the water in my bird bath every other day.

Jul 15, 2013 06:03 AM #2
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Yes don't let these winged pest ruin your summer fun !

Jul 15, 2013 09:02 PM #3
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
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Good morning Michael - great advice! The fan definitely works, but I didn't know lemongrass contained citronella!

Jul 18, 2013 11:13 PM #4
Bette Gottwald
UNITED REAL ESTATE | Central PA - Mechanicsburg, PA
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Hi Mike, Very interesting tips, I learned some valuable information.  For standing water, in bird baths and water gardens, we have been using "mosquito dunks" made out of bti, not harmful to humans, pets and aquatic life.

Jul 23, 2013 11:58 AM #5
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