How to Make DIY Homemade Mosquito Repellent for Yard

There are many different ways to fight insects and mosquitoes around the house and in your yard. One of these methods involves treating your lawn with insect repellent. This will significantly decrease the number of mosquitoes because for many insects, the grass is a safe place to live. 

But, even though treating your yard with insect repellent can be effective, it can also cost a lot of money. These products are specially designed and can be pricey. Thankfully, there are several recipes and options out there to help you make a homemade mosquito repellent for your yard. Using a DIY mosquito spray will let you save that extra cash for necessities other than insect control.

Why Use a Homemade Insect Repellent?

Using a homemade insect repellent won’t only be cheaper than the products you can buy in the store. It will also be a lot more eco-friendly and safer for the environment, humans, and animals.

Many insect and mosquito repellents contain chemicals to kill and keep pests away. These same chemicals can harm the environment and can be dangerous to humans and animals. Insect repellents often are especially harmful to the aquatic world.

So, using 100% natural and DEET-free products is the only way we can be completely sure of our safety as well as that of our pets.

Homemade Insect Sprays for DIYers

The fastest and most popular recipes for DIY lawn insect repellents use oil or plant extracts that are unpleasant to mosquitoes. Mix that oil or extract with water and voilà! You’ve just created an insect repellent that can also be used on humans and animals. For anti-mosquito plants, garlic, onion, or even lemon would be an excellent choice as they have natural insect-repelling abilities.

There is a downfall to the natural yard mosquito repellents, though. They have a shorter shelf life compared to chemical-based insect repellents. But, you can reapply the natural ones as often as you want, thanks to their being chemical free and all natural.


Some other great ingredients for creating a DIY mosquito repellent for your yard include tomato tops, geranium flowers, citronella grass, catmint, catnip, lavender, clove, mint, spearmint, and lemongrass. In general, any other plant that is citrusy and strong smelling, like garlic or lemon, is a good choice.

There are plenty of options out there that are all natural and will be a completely safe alternative to ensure you don’t have to use chemical products in your yard.

If you aren’t opting for a homemade mosquito repellent for safety purposes, it’s probably for price reasons. In this case, you do have some options that are a lot cheaper than insect repellents but won’t be completely natural.

Laundry dryer sheets are one of these options. Mosquitoes can’t stand this product and will stay as far from them as possible.

Applying this repellent is easy. Just rub the laundry sheet all over your skin. To treat your yard and garden, you have to soak the laundry sheet in water to create a spray.

The end result will be similar to those store-bought products that you spray all over your grass.


All in all, there are plenty of options you can use to create a DIY mosquito repellent. No matter why you’re choosing to do so, almost all of the recipes are easy and will be a lot cheaper than the store-bought alternatives.

On top of that, many homemade mosquito repellents are 100% natural and completely DEET free. This makes them a lot safer and healthier for the environment, the aquatic world, our pets, 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.

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