How to Make DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent for Yard

There are many different ways of fighting insects and mosquitoes around the house and in your backyard. One of such methods is treating your lawn and grass with insect repellent, which will decrease the number of mosquitoes significantly, because grass for many insects is a safe and suitable place for living. But, even though treating the yard with an insect repellent can be effective, it can also cost a lot of money as the products intended for grass treatment are specially designed and can be pricey. But, there are several recipes and options on how you can create a homemade mosquito repellent for yard and save that extra cash for other necessities other than insect eradication.

Using a homemade insect repellent will not only be cheaper but also a lot more eco-friendly and safer for the environment, humans, and animals. As many of the insect and mosquito repellents contain toxins and chemicals which kill and keep away pests, it also causes harm to the environment and can be dangerous to humans and animals. And mosquito repellents often are especially harmful to the aquatic world. Therefore, using completely natural and DEET-free products is the only way how we can be completely sure of our and our pet safety.

The fastest and most popular recipe of DIY lawn insect repellent is using oil or extract of plants that are unpleasant to mosquitoes. Mix the oil or extract with water and you have created an insect repellent, which can also be used on humans and animals. An excellent choice of anti-mosquito plant would be garlic or onion, or even lemon, as they have natural insect repelling abilities. But, there is a downfall to the natural yard mosquito repellent, they have a shorter “shelf life” if compared to chemical insect repellents. But, the natural ones can be reapplied as often as you want, thanks to their DEET-free and all natural structure.

homemade mosquito yard spray

Other great ingredients for creating a homemade mosquito repellent for your yard are tomato tops, garlic, onion, and flowers of geranium, citronella grass, cat mint and catnip, lavender, clove, mint, spearmint, lemon grass and any other citrusy and strong-smelling plants which smell similar to garlic or lemon. There are plenty of choices out there which are all natural and will be completely safe alternative, so you don’t have to use chemical products in your backyard.

But, if you are not choosing the homemade mosquito repellent route for the safety purposes but rather than for price reasons, then there are some options, which are a lot cheaper than insect repellents but won’t be completely natural. One of them is a laundry dryer sheet. Mosquitoes cannot stand this product and will stay as far from it as possible. It is easy to apply the laundry sheet on your skin – simply rub it all over you. But, for backyard and lawn, you have to soak the laundry sheet in a water and create a spray, which will be similar to store-bought products that you spray all over the grass.

All in all, there are plenty of options and choices that you can use when creating a homemade mosquito repellent. Despite the reasons why you are choosing to do so, almost all of the ways are easy to create and will be a lot cheaper than the chemical mosquito repellents that can be bought in stores. Moreover, many of the homemade mosquito repellents are all natural and completely DEET-free, making them a lot safer and healthier for the environment, aquatic world and us, humans.


candee sears

Is there a actual recipe for the natural insect repellent? I am old school and need to know how much of what to put in sprayer.

Carol Clay

Looking for a home made recipe for my yard for mesquito’s, ticks, and fleas

Rebecca Cade

I used liquid Epsom salt, is this ok?


    I’ve personally never had the chance to come across a liquid form. However, I don’t see why there should be a problem.

Submit a comment

Your email address will not be published*