Natural Mosquito Repellent

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When the warm weather arrives, mosquitoes seem to follow suit, buzzing around and leaving itchy bites in their wake. While commercial mosquito repellents are readily available, they often contain chemicals that some people prefer to avoid. Luckily, nature provides us with a wide array of natural mosquito repellents that can effectively keep these pesky insects at bay. In this blog post, we will explore a range of natural mosquito repellents that are safe, effective, and environmentally friendly.

Using Natural Oils To Repel Mosquitoes

One of the most effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes is by using essential oils. Here are some of the best insect repellents and how they can be used to provide protection from mosquitoes. 

DIY Natural Mosquito Repellent

Making your own natural mosquito repellent spray is a simple and cost-effective way to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Here's a basic recipe for homemade mosquito repellents using natural ingredients and essential oils that can be easily customized to suit your preferences:


  • ½ cup witch hazel or apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup distilled water
  • 30-40 drops of essential oils (choose from citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, lavender, or a combination)


  1. In a spray bottle, combine witch hazel or apple cider vinegar with distilled water. These ingredients act as a base for the repellent and help dilute the essential oils.
  2. Add 30-40 drops of essential oils to the mixture. You can choose a single oil or create a blend using a combination of oils. Citronella, lemon eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are all effective choices.
  3. Close the spray bottle and shake well to ensure the ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  4. Test a small amount on your skin to check for any sensitivity or allergic reactions. If you experience any discomfort, dilute the mixture further with water or discontinue use.
  5. Store the mosquito repellent spray in a cool, dark place when not in use, and give it a good shake before each application.
  6. Spray the repellent on exposed skin, clothing, and around your living areas and outdoor spaces. Reapply every few hours or as needed.

Note: When using essential oils, it's important to consider any allergies or sensitivities you may have. If you're pregnant, nursing, or have any underlying health conditions, consult with a healthcare professional before using essential oils or any homemade repellents.

Remember that natural mosquito repellents may not provide the same level of protection or longevity as commercial products containing DEET. It's always a good idea to take additional measures such as wearing long sleeves, using mosquito nets, and eliminating standing water to reduce mosquito populations.

Using Plants To Repel Mosquitoes

Plants have natural defense mechanisms, including strong scents and oils, that can help repel mosquitoes. By incorporating these mosquito-repellent plants into your garden or outdoor spaces, you can create a natural barrier against these pesky insects. Here are some plants known for their mosquito-repellent properties:

  • Citronella Grass
  • Lemon Eucalyptus
  • Catnip
  • Marigolds
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Basil

To keep mosquitos away, you should plant these flowers, herbs, and grasses in pots or directly in the ground, and place them strategically around your outdoor seating areas.

Call Professional Mosquito Exterminators

While we understand wanting to use natural options that are safe for your children and pets, sometimes it's best to turn to a professional pest control company if you are dealing with a stubborn infestation. That's why Senate Termite & Pest Control offers mosquito removal treatments that are guaranteed to get rid of infestations while only using reduced-risk products! Contact our team to learn more.

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