No one is a fan of mosquitoes; they bite you and make you itchy and irritated. Some people may be discouraged to spend time outside if their home has a mosquito problem. It is best to always be prepared to get rid of those pesky bloodsuckers. We are going to learn 10 natural ways to repel mosquitoes from around our home and bodies.

Eliminate standing water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in any standing water they can find. Be vigilant in checking your property for water that does not regularly flow or evaporate quickly after rainfall. This includes ponds, puddles, animal watering bowls, and gutters. Monitor these areas frequently to reduce standing water

Plants that repel mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are powered by their sense of smell, so naturally, there are some smells they do not like. By growing these plants around your home, you should see a decrease in mosquito traffic.

  • Peppermint
  • Basil
  • Marigold
  • Catnip


One smell mosquitoes especially don’t like is lavender. You can utilize lavender in many ways as a repellent. You can grow the flower around your home, apply the oil to your skin, and burn candles. The oils can also be applied to mosquito bites as a natural way to relieve the skin irritation.

Lemon eucalyptus oil

Lemon Eucalyptus oil has been approved by the CDC as a proven method to repel mosquitoes. It can also be utilized in many of the same ways that lavender can be used.

Rosemary on barbecue

While grilling up your next barbeque try throwing on some fresh stalks of rosemary into your grills. If you are using coal or wood, throw the stalks right onto them. They will not only keep mosquitoes away from your cookout but also add flavor to your meal.

Mosquito trap

A mosquito trap is a quick way to eliminate your current population of mosquitoes. It is also a simple DIY project that involves things you already have lying around your home.

Citronella candles

You may be familiar with citronella candles as they are often sold in stores. For a fun DIY project you can have a go at making your own.


Now, this may sound weird, but if you eat a lot of garlic, mosquitoes will not want to eat you. Mosquitoes do not like the smell of you after consuming garlic because of the garlic oil that is produced by your body as an aftereffect.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is also not well liked by mosquitoes. You can drink the vinegar or spray it in the air or on you to keep the pests away.

Attract predators

Mosquitoes, of course, have natural predators. You can create an environment in your backyard that attracts and allows these predators to thrive and eat your pests. Here are just a few mosquito predators you can invite into your backyard.

  • Bats
  • Frogs
  • Dragonflies
  • Fish

Give It a Try

Now that we have gone over some ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally, try out a few options. Once you have found your favorite you can spend more time outside enjoying nature.