As the temperature heats up, the influx of mosquitoes is steadily increasing. As is their practice, those little unwelcome parasites are always ready to crash outdoor ventures. The good news is that there are a number of different natural plants that can be used to repel mosquitoes. There are even some consumable goods these critters find unpleasant and will stay far from them or any vicinity that has been treated with these products. Below are some DIY mosquito repellent for yard that you can consider:
Beer and Mouthwash
This combination of ingredients makes an interesting and effective insect repellent. These ingredients can be found in the majority of households and adding Epsom salt to the mix makes the combo quite effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay.
This is an easy DIY repellent to make and spray throughout the yard for a more pleasant experience outdoors. In a spray bottle, combine a 16-ounce bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash, 3 stale 12-ounce beers and 3 cups Epsom salt.
Essential Oil DIY Repellent
As was previously mentioned, there are a number of plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. Essential oils are extracted from some of these plants and are used widely in the commercial production of insect repellents. They can also be used in DIY mosquito repellent for yard.
These mosquito-repelling essential oils and other ingredients include:
• Tea tree oil
• Lemon eucalyptus
It should be noted that ingredients like cinnamon, clove and thyme are corrosive on the skin. If you intend to use it on your body, mix the essential oil with olive oil, soybean oil, water or witch hazel. Essential oils are quite concentrated and as such, 10 to 20 drops of oil should be added to a spray bottle with 2 ounces of distilled water and 2 ounces of white vinegar; shake well to combine.
Coffee Grounds Repellent
According to experts, coffee grounds provide an effective method of controlling mosquitoes both outdoors and indoors. They are known to get rid of mosquito larvae as well. The method used to repel mosquitoes includes collecting coffee grounds that are aged for a minimum of 25 days and adding 3 tablespoons of the coffee grounds to each cup of water. The mixture should then be sprinkled around the yard, particularly in areas the mosquito live.
Apple Cider Vinegar Repellent
The apple cider vinegar combination outlined below is a very simple but effective formula for a mosquito repellent yard spray. The mixture is quite effective at keeping the mosquitoes away and could even keep them from getting into your backyard.
In a spray bottle, combine 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar, 2 ounces of regular or distilled water, 20 to 50 droplets of Bug Off Oil. Shake well to combine the ingredients.
Not only is using a DIY mosquito repellent for yard cheaper than the products that are available in stores, but it will also be much more eco-friendly; safer for humans and animals.
And if you are still dealing with mosquitoes, check out this option for the best mosquito repellent for yard and gardens.