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How Do You Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally?

Search “how to keep mosquitoes away naturally” and you’ll get a plethora of tips and tricks that will supposedly keep them at bay – but will any of them work? The truth is, there’s no “trick” that will solve all your mosquito problems. But there are a few small things you can do that will make a huge difference.

Here are three proven “all natural” mosquito prevention methods:

  1. Eliminate standing water on or near your property. This is the most important thing you can do. It can significantly reduce mosquito populations by preventing them from breeding, since these insects require stagnant water to reproduce. The further you are from their breeding grounds, the fewer mosquitoes you’re likely to encounter.
  2. Install fans in your outdoor area. Many people don’t realize how effective this can be. Mosquitoes don’t like to fly in the wind. So, add your own wind.
  3. Wear clothing that will protect you. Long-sleeved shirts and pants tucked into the socks. If mosquitoes don’t have access to your skin, they can’t bite you.
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Natural Ways to Keep Mosquitoes Away

The best way to keep mosquitoes away naturally is to limit the things in your outdoor area that would attract them. The number one way to do this is to get rid of all sources of standing water. Don’t forget the water that collects in birdbaths, pools, children’s playsets, and buckets too. Make sure to tip over or cover items that could collect water regularly. 

This is critical because once you have mosquitoes breeding on your property, there’s no longer an all natural option for getting rid of them. At that point, the problem will likely continue until the end of mosquito season unless you have it handled professionally.

Homemade Mosquito Repellents

Essential oils seem to have a million different uses. How do they stack up as a natural mosquito repellent? They’re better than nothing, but they’re not as effective as an EPA-registered repellant. They work by masking smells that attract insects.

If you do decide to go the essential oil mosquito repellent route, remember to dilute your essential oils with carrier oils, and to perform a skin patch test to ensure there are no reactions.

Do Vitamin B and Coconut Oil Repel Mosquitoes?

Claims have been made that taking vitamin B will repel mosquitoes over time, but research and studies have found that it does not. Similar studies have been conducted on the effectiveness of coconut oil. 

While not found to be effective on its own, topical applications of coconut oil on the skin combined with essential oils could help to repel mosquitoes. In any case, always speak with your doctor before attempting to use any homemade mosquito repellents.

How Do You Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally?​

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