Natural At-Home Remedies for Keeping Mosquitoes Away

The worst part of an Illinois summer is being able to ditch your jackets and scarves just to realize you want to cover up again to protect yourself from mosquito bites. This can be a negative feeling that hinders your fun while enjoying this hot and humid weather that will have you searching for a lake to swim in. Imagine walking around with your cute new shorts or your nice new golf shirt and you find yourself covered in bites.

With these natural remedies, you can kick back, relax, and pop open a beer knowing that you are safe when it comes to mosquito repellant methods that you can create at home. This way, you will be able to make sure you are covered (literally) without having to leave your own house!

Use Fire To Ward Off These Pestsmint oil with leaves

The thing about summer is that it involves bonfires and outdoor gatherings – even more so now with COVID-19 still holding its grip on society. What you will want to do to make sure you incorporate fire into your summer activities is invest in a bonfire pit. The smoke from the pit will make your yard an uninviting place for mosquitoes to lurk. Additionally, a bonfire pit will give you a reason to continue to invite people over! You can be the talk of the town while still being safe during this looming pandemic.

If you don’t want to host a party centered around a fire, you can still incorporate fire by heading to the store and buying some tiki torches to put around the perimeter of your yard. This will create a nice ambiance while not overpowering the party with a bunch of smoke. It can also be a lot easier to move than an entire fire pit, so depending on where your party is being hosted, front or back, you can adjust accordingly.

Essential Oils Are Your Secret Weapon

They are called essential oils because they are essential to most things we do! Some people claim that they cure headaches and other mild illnesses. We don’t really know if that’s true, but what we do know is that people have been using essential oils to ward off mosquitoes for over 80 years.

You should look into the following oils to help you fight against mosquitoes:

  • Clove
  • Lavender
  • Cedar oil
  • Lemongrass
  • Eucalyptus
  • Neem
  • Peppermint
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme

Using the oils is a different story. You can put them in your hair, you can wear them as perfume, put them on jewelry, or just bottle up a few drops to create a natural repellant. But whatever you choose to do, a citrus-based oil should do the trick when it comes to keeping these blood-sucking insects away.dried lavender bouquet

Use Dried Herbs To Create A Repellant

So maybe you don’t want to mess around with essential oils, but you do have some dried or even fresh herbs laying around. Those will do the trick just as well. Some you will want to look for are:

  • Lavender
  • Clove
  • Mint
  • Sage
  • Witch Hazel

What you will want to do is take dried or fresh herbs, a decent amount, and boil them for at least an hour or more into water. After some time has gone by, you can let the herb water cool down and then add it to a plastic or glass spray bottle that you have laying around. If you are feeling earth-friendly, you can recycle an old cleaning product bottle to use.

Don’t Let Mosquitoes Get The Best of You This Season

Pure Prairie Organics is ready to take down the mosquitoes in your yard. We have a natural mosquito control process that will create a bug-free environment for you to enjoy this summer.

We don’t stop there, Pure Prairie Organics provides lawn care, pest control, core aeration, seeding, tree and shrub care, and more. We’re pleased to offer lawn care services in Cook County as well as DuPage, Will, Kendall, Kane, and Grundy. Check out our service areas and see if we are near you!

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