DIY Pest Control: Does It Work?

Pest control is something that a lot of us need come summer. Along with the warm weather, a lot of insects and pests (including the much-feared mosquito) appear and start annoying us, yet again.

Many people would prefer to take care of these pest problems by themselves. This means trying different do-it-yourself (DIY) methods instead of using professional pest control services or buying devices that have proven to be very efficient at mosquito control, like mosquito foggers.

So let’s look at some of the most common DIY methods that people try to see if they’re actually effective and worth trying.

Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellents


The ultrasonic devices that claim to repel mosquitoes are one DIY mosquito control method that many people hope will work.

A few years back, a Brazilian radio station received an advertising award for broadcasting ultrasonic waves along with their regular programs to repel mosquitoes. However, it was later revealed that this was just an advertising trick.

In theory, using noise to repel mosquitoes sounds great, but the reality isn’t as sunny.

Ultrasound can’t actually repel mosquitoes.

And multiple studies support this. For example, in 2010, researchers went through 10 different studies that tested ultrasound as a mosquito repellent. They concluded that none of these ultrasound-emitting devices repelled mosquitoes. So, if you want to use nothing more than ultrasound to repel mosquitoes, you’ll sadly be unsuccessful.

DIY Mosquito Traps

mosquito traps

Another common solution from the DIY insect department that people try is the homemade mosquito traps. There are a ton of different tutorials on the internet that will show you how to make your own mosquito trap. Most of these guides fail to say if their creations actually work.

Unfortunately, the most common bottle, brown sugar, and yeast mosquito traps aren’t effective.

These kinds of traps will attract and trap the occasional fly or leaf, but they don’t efficiently attract mosquitoes. Even the expensive store-bought mosquito traps tend to not be very efficient. So, what can you expect from traps made from nothing more than a plastic bottle and sugar?

If you want a high-quality device, check out our article on the best mosquito traps.

DIY Mosquito Repellents


Finally, let’s touch on the popular trend of DIY mosquito repellents that have flooded DIY sites like Pinterest. Many people are using these recipes to make natural and chemical-free mosquito control products.

Usually, these DIY mosquito repellent sprays consist of things like citronella, peppermint, lemon, basil, and/or lavender essential oils. By themselves, these oils have natural mosquito-repelling properties. But are they efficient? Are they a viable competitor for the store-bought mosquito repellents that use DEET or other mosquito-repelling chemicals?

While essential oils are much better in the sense that they aren’t chemical, studies have shown that they really can’t compare to mosquito repellents with DEET or picaridin.

This is mostly because they last for much less time. So, if you want a more natural mosquito repellent that you won’t have to apply every half an hour or so, it’d be better to buy a natural mosquito repellent. Or make sure to include lemon eucalyptus oil in your DIY mosquito repellent. This oil is actually a very efficient natural mosquito repellent.

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