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25 Natural Ways to Get Rid Of Mosquitoes Inside and Outside

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25 Natural Ways to Get Rid Of Mosquitoes Inside and Outside

The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding in the first place.

You can do this by removing stagnant water from your property, as that’s where most female mosquitoes lay their eggs. You can also use mosquito-repelling plants such as citronella and lavender to keep these pesky pests away.

Overall, here’s how to get rid of mosquitoes naturally.

1. Garlic

This is an old-fashioned home remedy to keep away pesky insects.

To get rid of mosquitoes with garlic, crush a few cloves and boil in water. Next, allow the solution to cool before adding it to a spray bottle.

Spritz your DIY garlic spray around the home to repel mosquitoes.

2. Camphor

Mosquitoes hate the scent of camphor which will drive them out from where they are.

Soak some camphor tablets in small bowls of water and place them around the house. Alternatively, light camphor within infested rooms and shut the doors and windows. Leave for at least 30 minutes before opening up again.

3. Mosquito Netting

Nets draped around beds will at least protect from mosquito bites throughout the night. They may also keep out a lot of other unwanted insects.

4. Mint

This strong-scented herb is well worth trying as a repellent.

Mint leaves or mint essential oil around the house and yard will keep away mosquitoes. Growing some mint plants near the house will also help.

5. Coffee Grounds

Many people just throw coffee grounds away but burning them can repel mosquitoes outdoors.

Moreover, sprinkling the grounds in stagnant water will kill mosquito larvae. It will also deter the females from laying eggs [1], maybe because of the dark color of the water.

6. Pinion Wood

Instead of burning regular firewood, adding some pinion wood to your fire pit will deter mosquitoes. These pesky pests totally dislike the scent.

7. Tea Tree Oil

Mosquitoes don’t like the scent of tea tree oil and some other essential oils.

Therefore, make a homemade mosquito repellent spray by combining 10 drops of tea tree oil and 30 ml of coconut oil in a spray bottle. The anti-inflammatory property of the tea tree will also soothe mosquito bites.

8. Eliminate Stagnant Water

In the battle to control mosquitoes outdoors, it is important to deal with stagnant water that can become breeding grounds for these unwanted insects.

Eliminate eggs from puddles and any type of container that holds water. This includes old tires, birdbaths, pet outdoor water bowls, and buckets.

Empty these in the evening and replenish daily if necessary. Additionally, ponds can benefit from netting or fish that eat mosquito larvae.

Other safe larvae-destroying treatments to add to stagnant water include Mosquito Down and Altosid SR-5.

9. Beer

Regular beer drinkers may find that they are constantly plagued by these flying insects. That’s because alcohol stimulates mosquito attraction [2].

Therefore, leaving a few opened cans of beer on the patio will serve as bait to keep mosquitoes off you. Of course, that will only work if you’re not drinking beer.

10. Lavender

Most people love the smell of lavender and it was once popular to make sachets for drawers, suitcases, and closets.

However, mosquitoes don’t feel the same about it. A solution of lavender oil and water around will send them away.

For the recipe, you’ll need 10 drops of lavender oil, 3 tablespoons of vanilla extract, 3 tablespoons of lemon juice, and a cup of water.

Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, shake well and apply to your skin throughout the day. You can also dab a little lavender oil onto pillows and sheets.

Furthermore, crushed lavender flowers can be used in the same way. Just rub it on your skin to release the oils.

11. Lemon Balm

Use this plant as a natural barrier against mosquito bites. Simply crush some of the fresh leaves and apply them to areas of your body vulnerable to the bites.

What’s more, lemon balm repels gnats naturally.

12. Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (Bti)

Bti is a bacterium that occurs naturally in the soil. It produces toxins that target the stomachs of the larvae of mosquitoes and certain other pests, killing them.

Moreover, it is non-toxic and safe to use in bird baths, flowerpots, ponds, and lakes. Buy online and apply according to the instructions to eliminate mosquitoes.

13. Fan

A high-speed rotating fan is useful to have nearby to deter these flying insects.

Since mosquitoes are weak fliers, the wind from the fan will blow them away. This gives them no opportunity to bite, breed, settle, or lay eggs.

14. Lemon Eucalyptus Oil

Lemon eucalyptus oil is a proven remedy to fight mosquitoes naturally and will keep them away for hours.

Make a homemade mosquito spray by adding 10 parts sunflower oil or witch-hazel to 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil. Dab on ankles and wrists to keep the pests at bay.

15. Basil Leaves

These leaves can control mosquitoes naturally. Simply take a few leaves, crush them and rub them onto your skin.

Alternatively, make up a repellent solution by placing a handful of fresh basil leaves in a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for about 4 hours before adding it to a spray bottle.

Use this spray to coat your skin.

16. Vinegar

Most kitchens will have some kind of vinegar already handy. Any sort will do but apple cider vinegar can be particularly effective.

Combine ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar with the same amount of water in a spray bottle. Next, add about 40 drops of essential oil such as peppermint, rosemary, or lavender.

Shake well and use a repellent spray. However, be careful not to let it get on fresh cuts, scrapes, or into your eyes.

17. Bug Zappers

These devices are often seen fixed on walls in restaurants and public places. They kill insects attracted by the light by electrocuting them.

This may be an instant method to kill mosquitoes but may also kill beneficial insects. An electric bug zapper racket may be a better choice.

18. Thyme Oil

This is also thought to be very effective protection against the common house mosquito.

Mix a few drops of thyme oil with another base oil like jojoba or olive and dab on exposed areas. You can also make a spray of 5 drops of thyme oil and 2 oz. of water.

19. Cinnamon Oil

This oil is capable of killing off mosquito eggs and also repelling the adults.

Add cinnamon oil to water at a ratio of 15% oil to 85% water. However, do not add it to ponds or water bodies that might contain fish.

To repel the adults, make a spray of 1 teaspoon of cinnamon oil and 4 ounces of water. Use the solution on your skin.

20. Citronella

This is a well-known repellent for mosquitoes, sold in products like candles, sprays, and soaps. Add 10 to 15 drops of citronella oil to an ounce of water to make a spray.

21. Rosemary

Rosemary is among the plants that repel mosquitoes. Its pungent scent also drives away other bad bugs.

Throw a few sprigs of rosemary on the BBQ. Mosquitoes hate the incense it gives off when burned. Moreover, it gives an even more powerful scent mixed with sage.

22. Dry Ice

Use dry ice to make a homemade mosquito killer. You can get it easily at some grocery stores.

Simply get a cloth bag with a string and place the dry ice in it. The ice will give off carbon dioxide which will attract and kill the pests.

23. Natural Predators

Invite natural predators of mosquitoes into your yard or garden. These include bats, dragonflies, birds, and frogs.

Bats are wonderful mosquito eliminators, devouring up to 1000 an hour [3]. Make or buy a bat-house and place where it gets plenty of sunshine by day and watch the bat come by night.

See also: how to attract dragonflies to eat mosquitoes.

24. Door and Window Screens

These are great for keeping out all kinds of unwanted creatures including these insect pests. The material can be bought and installed on your own or by a professional for permanent results.

25. Essentria IC-3

This is a commercial product comprising geraniol, rosemary oil, and peppermint oil. Essentria IC-3 is a safe and natural insecticide great for killing mosquitoes and other insect pests.


Mosquitoes can become a really big problem especially when you suffer from their painful bites. However, the above home remedies and natural mosquito control methods should help eliminate the problem.

Additionally, keep weeds at bay and grass clipped short to avoid hosting mosquitoes hiding there by day.

See also: natural ways to control cockroaches.

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Andre Campbell

Organic farmer and co-founder of Dre Campbell Farm. He appreciates everything in nature -- sunshine, plants, animals, and human life.

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