Having a problem with mosquitoes in your yard? It’s a problem for many of us each year. To keep these winged pests at bay, try a DIY homemade mosquito repellent for your yard. Many mosquito repellent recipes can be made with simple ingredients you likely already have at home.
Making a Homemade Mosquito Repellent for Your Yard
Just like you, mosquitoes find certain scents repulsive, according to Mosquito Magnet, a company that helps consumers fight the pests. Those scents include citronella, peppermint, basil, garlic, lemon balm, lavender, marigold, catnip, rosemary and eucalyptus. When making a homemade mosquito repellent for your yard, keep these scents in mind.
Mouthwash and Beer Mosquito Repellent
InsectCop is a website dedicated to helping people fight mosquitoes in their backyard. The website offers this homemade mosquito spray that it notes has been very efficient at deterring mosquitoes. Just spray it throughout the yard and it will last about two and a half months.
One 16-ounce bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash
3 cups Epson salt
3 12-ounce bottles of stale beer (cheap beer works just fine)
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together with a spoon until the Epson salt has dissolved completely. Use a funnel to pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Apple Cider Vinegar Mosquito Repellent
Can vinegar keep mosquitoes away? Yes! Mosquitoes are also repelled by the scent of vinegar, so try spraying this DIY homemade repellent, also from InsectCop, in your yard. Plus, try these unbelievable hacks to get rid of mosquitoes for good.
2 ounces water
2 ounces apple cider vinegar
20 to 25 drops of Bug Off Oil (An all-natural oil made with a mix of citronella, peppermint, lemongrass, cedarwood and geranium.)
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. This apple cider vinegar mosquito repellent is said to keep mosquitoes from coming into your yard for several weeks, but once you notice an increase in the number of pests again, you can re-apply the repellent without hesitation. Find out what else you can ward off with apple cider vinegar.
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