10 Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away this Summer

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10 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Away


I’ve been looking into ideas that will help get rid of those bloodthirsty pests this summer. We’re fortunate to live in an area that offers an active response to mosquitoes through North Shore Mosquito Abatement District which serves 11 North Shore villages. Their work goes a long way in ridding the population before they ever hatch and come out to torment us.


Humans despise these little fiends and I know we’ve all tried various remedies to avoid getting the dreaded bite. Certain people are more likely to attract them - we all know people who claim they are mosquito magnets! Not only is the bite painful, but mosquitoes also carry diseases.

So here are a few ideas I came across that I will definitely try out this summer: 



This one was the most interesting to me since I keep peppermint essential oil around. Apparently just dabbing some on one arm is enough to repel them - but it must be reapplied every 30 minutes or so. The most effective is Lavender Oil. Be sure to get essential oils, not the cooking flavoring.



They’re beautiful and sweet smelling plants but mosquitos hate them. Other plants they don’t like: marigolds, lemon grass, and lemon balm.









Basil is a pungent plant (I’m seeing a trend here) that also repulses mosquitoes. And who doesn’t like to have basil all summer long for salads, bruschetta, and pasta! Garlic and rosemary also do the trick.



Non-toxic to other friendly, this product is meant to be placed in water - where mosquitos breed. It contains a natural ingredient which kills larvae but not adult mosquitoes. However, reviewers say they saw a significant decrease in adults within a few days.



Yes - keep one in each pocket and even rub it on your arms and legs. They have two chemicals in them and one is also found in citronella - the grandpa of all mosquito repellants. While this method has not been absolutely proven, it’s harmless enough to consider seriously.



Blow them away! Seems simple enough and it is. They are naturally weak fliers so if they can’t get to you, they can’t bite you. The best is a standing oscillating fan.



I bought some of these repellent bracelets and have yet to give them a go. I think they’d be a better choice when you’re out walking or hiking. This link goes to ones that are DEET free and use essential oils.



I’m least likely to try this one since I prefer the smell of coffee in the morning. But it apparently works well and if you brew coffee at home, keep the grounds but let them dry. Just place them on a plate with aluminum foil and set on fire (didn’t even know this could be done.) As usual, it’s the smell that repels them.


Used coffee grounds



This product is a patio-shield that creates a 15-foot area protected against mosquitos. According to their site, there is no DEET or other chemicals. The reviews are mixed but the price is low enough (around $20) to give it a whirl.



Up to now, my suggestions have been for using natural ways to fight mosquitos. But now we’re going into chemical territory - DEET. This product is similar to a spray can but uses wipes for spreading on your body. DEET is most often used in heavily infested areas or while you’re camping or hiking.





There are, of course, the old standbys like citronella candles that can be placed around your outdoor sitting area. There are also many good sprays (some with DEET, some without) that seem to work fine. The quest for mosquito relief is ongoing - I’m doing my bit to find a way that works for you! Let me know what you think.




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Comments (24)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

May 15, 2021 07:13 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Margaret. Some great ideas. Now that I live in a hirise in the Windy City, no problem on my patio. Well, a problem when the breeze blows the chairs over. Enjoy your day.

May 16, 2021 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are all good ideas. If we had mosquitoes here, I'd opt for the more natural ways. I love the idea of the lavender plants.

May 16, 2021 05:32 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Margaret - ah ha - so that is the real reason I have a ceiling patio fan in my house in Florida.

May 16, 2021 05:40 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Thank you Margaret.  I am guessing there is not one of us that have read this post that won't be trying a recommendation or two.  Make it a great Sunday.  Mark

May 16, 2021 06:33 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Margaret - I somehow "missed" this post but thanks to the weekly Ah Ha post by Kathy Streib I was able to see it.  The solutions seem to have multiple benefits.  I too like the aroma of fresh coffee - so that one sounds quite appealing even though I can't recall seeing many mosquitoes in the last few years.  

May 16, 2021 07:49 AM
Margaret Goss

I don't think there are any mosquitos in California!

Jun 22, 2021 12:11 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Margaret Goss ,

I like the solutions you have proposed.. I have a company here in town called Mosquito Squad who I have spray spring and summer and they do a great job!

May 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

My husband sprays our yard...supposed to be a safe product, but who really knows. All I know is it works and we don't deal with mosquitos at all.

May 16, 2021 04:00 PM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All great suggestions and very quickly we will be trying almost all of them in order to enjoy an evening outside.

May 16, 2021 05:24 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Margaret:

A well-informed post on a rather unpleasant topic, and I learned quite a few things! Thankfully we don't get many of those buggers here, but we sure did in New England. Not something I miss at all!


May 16, 2021 05:32 PM
Dr. Paula McDonald
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you so much this great post. We have been inundated with rain so we know the skeeters are going to be bad!

May 16, 2021 07:20 PM
Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
Serving Lake Anna & Central Virginia

I have a little bottle of lavender essential oil. Now I know what to do with it! I'm going to put it on my patio so we can dab ourselves at patio dinner time!

May 19, 2021 07:15 AM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I haven't heard of a few of these so will add them to my list as I do not care for these pesky ravenous creatures.  Another solution is a bat box.  The bats think they are delicious and are equally ravenous.  I have heard vitamin B is a great deterrent as well.

May 19, 2021 09:21 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

I don't like chemical sprays and wipes - my first impulse on using them is to go take a shower. We have mosquitoes, but it't the little black gnats that really attack me. I dab on vanilla (the cooking variety) and that helps. But a couple of Christmases ago my son bought me a device that heats a chemical of some kind and keeps them away. I clip it to my belt when I go to the garden.

May 20, 2021 10:29 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Well this is a useful blog!  It seems like for every suggestion there is another comment about how 'that doesn't work' I see this comment often for the citronella candles.  I don't like spraying chemicals on my skin--the lavendar is worth a try!

May 21, 2021 02:19 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely advice to share. I have been using Off when working in the garden.


May 22, 2021 09:15 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Skin so Soft by Avon has always worked for me Margaret Goss  and thank you Carol Williams for the 2nd chance feature 

May 22, 2021 12:06 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Learned something new today!  Thanks for the tips.  I'll share with my daughter in Alabama as she's more prone to them there.

Jun 01, 2021 07:01 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Margaret,

Some of these ideas are great, since I like the smell of lemon balm & lavender. I like the idea of garlic too. You are right, you can never have too much of it for salads in the summer (= mosquito season).

Jun 01, 2021 09:05 PM
Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

Another terrific way to avoid the pesky little pests. MOVE TO TUCSON. Very dry here, not hospitable to mosquitoes. And I know mosquitoes. I lived in Houston TX for 20 years!😀

Jun 03, 2021 09:53 AM