Mosquitoes find many different natural plants and even consumable goods unpleasant and will not go near them or an area which is treated with the certain product. Therefore, the internet is full of recipes of homemade DIY insect and mosquito sprays, lotions, and products. But, many of them don’t seem to work as well as advertised and claimed by the authors. So I have gathered homemade mosquito sprays for the yard, which have been proven to be efficient, and seem to actually keep mosquitoes away.
Mouthwash and beer mosquito repellent
This insect repellent is a bit strange combination of ingredients. But since they can be found in mostly every household and the combination of these two products has proved to be very efficient, I would give it a shot. You can spray the mouthwash and beer mosquito repellent throughout the yard, and it will last you about two and a half months before you need to re-apply it.
You will need:
- 16-oz bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash
- 3 cups Epsom salt
- 3 stale 12 oz. beers
Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix them together using a spoon until the Epsom salt has dissolved. Using funnel pour the mixture into a spray bottle and you are ready to treat your backyard with a homemade insect repellent.
When choosing ingredients, you might want to go for a mint-flavored mouthwash, which is also organic. It is advised to go for Epsom salt which is either lavender or eucalyptus scented, or even both. And when choosing beer, you can go for whichever is the cheapest as any beer will work fine when creating the mouthwash and beer mosquito repellent for the yard.
Apple Cider Vinegar mosquito repellent
A very simple but efficient recipe is apple cider vinegar mosquito repellent. Although it will fade away much faster than mouthwash and beer mosquito repellent, for a few weeks it will be just as efficient and will keep the mosquitoes from coming into your backyard.
You will need:
- 2oz water or distilled water
- 2oz Apple Cider Vinegar
- 20-55 drops of Bug Off Oil depending on the level of protection you need
Mix all of the ingredients together and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. The Apple Cider Vinegar mosquito repellent is said to keep mosquitoes from coming into your backyard for several weeks, but once you notice an increase in the number of pests again, you can re-apply the repellent without any hesitations. As the mixture is completely safe and natural and will not harm humans or the environment.
Essential oil mosquito repellent
There are many plants that naturally deter insects and mosquitoes, and essential oils from them are widely used in the production of insect repellent products. But, you can also use the same essential oils from plants when creating homemade insect repellents. There are many different recipes which are very similar and you can always substitute one recipe for the other or change the ingredients, as many different oils will work just as fine. But, here is the recipe which has proven to be efficient and successfully at keeping mosquitoes away.
- 3oz Vodka or Witch Hazel/Distilled Water combo
- 20 drops Citronella Essential Oil
- 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 10 drops Catnip Essential Oil
- 5 drops Thyme Essential Oil
- 3 drops Neem Oil
You can also change the number of drops and which essential oils work best for you and your region. Although the recipe might change up with time, the core idea of using natural essential oils from mosquito repelling plants remains. So I have included this recipe as one of the most sufficient and best at keeping mosquitoes away even though the ingredients and amount of essential oils might be different for everybody.