DEET Free: No-Spray Ways to Keep Menacing Mosquitoes at Bay

If you want to repel mosquitoes, the first option is usually to turn to a spray that includes DEET.

However, not everyone wants to use this because it may irritate the skin, and you might not like the smell.

So what options are you left with? Lots, actually! Here are a few options for keeping mosquitoes at bay without using DEET.

Prevent them with Plants

There are a number of plants that can be used as natural mosquito repellents, and some of these may be more effective than others. You could plant a selection in your yard and see if they work.

How about planting some citronella? This has long been a favorite insect repellent It is actually used in many natural sprays. Or lavender, which smells wonderful? Grow it inside or outside, or plant some near to the window to keep the mosquitoes out.

Lemon balm is often recommended as a good one to try, and catnip and marigolds can also help to keep mosquitoes at bay. Try them yourself, and even if they do’nt keep the mosquitos away like DEET, they will still smell great!

Make Your Own Repellent

If you prefer the idea of applying a repellent, but you don’t want to use DEET, you have a fewoptions. The first is to buy natural products that do not include DEET, and the second is to make your own.

The internet is full of recipes for homemade repellents, so you will probably have to try a few to see which works.

DIY Natural provides details of a cream that you can use. This contains baking soda, stearic acid powder, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil, lavender, citronella, rosemary, and pennyroyal, so check out the site for complete instructions on how to make it.

Call in the Experts

If you have a mosquito problem that you want to resolve quickly, you may simply want to hire in some experts pest controllers to get rid of them. Services like Fischer Environmental Services can help you to sort out your pest problems, so this could be an option.

Make a Trap

Another line of defense can come in the form of a trap. This can lure the mosquitoes far away from you, and the same link above has a good idea for one that includes making a sugary syrup using sugar and water, then adding dry yeast and leaving the solution in a bottle.

As the yeast ferments, it releases CO2, and this attracts the mosquitoes. Place it somewhere away from your yard, and replace the solution every two weeks to help avoid mosquito bites, which can lead to a range of illnesses.

Use a Net

One of the most natural ways to prevent mosquitoes from biting you is to use a net. This will only work at night, but you can get mosquito blinds for your windows as well. There is no need to spray on anything, and they are very effective.

Keep Those Mosquitoes Away

Mosquitoes can be a real problem when they won’t stop biting you. But you don’t have to put up with them. Even if you don’t want to use DEET, you can use some of these natural remedies to keep mosquitoes at bay all summer long, so give them a try yourself.

Robert Kunst is the president behind Fischer Environmental Services, an award-winning pest control company serving the South-Eastern USA. Rob is also editorial consultant for Pest Control Technologies Magazine and teaches a class in Integrated Pest Management at Louisiana State University.

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