Natural Mosquito Repellent Alternatives

How to protect yourself from bites without using chemicals


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Nothing ruins an outdoor gathering like a mosquito invasion. These flying pests bite with reckless abandon, leaving behind itchy red welts on our skin. These bites can also transmit disease, making mosquitoes more than an annoyance. While DEET is proven to be effective and is approved by the FDA, there are still some people who would like to repel mosquitoes without using chemicals. Luckily, there are options. Here are a few alternative mosquito repellent methods.

Mosquito Repellent Alternatives

  • Plant a garden mosquitoes won’t like. There are a number of scents that help deter mosquitoes, so be sure to add lavender, citronella grass, catnip, rosemary, basil, marigolds, thyme, eucalyptus, geraniums, sage, and garlic to your landscaping.
  • Use essential oils. If you’re avoiding DEET, try applying a lemon-eucalyptus oil to your skin.
  • Stay inside when they’re most active. Mosquitoes tend to feed at dusk and dawn, so try to stay inside during these times.
  • Use electric fans in your outdoor spaces. Mosquitoes are weak fliers, so a fan pointed at your feet (mosquitoes tend to start at the ankles and work their way up) can be an effective deterrent.
  • Dress for protection. Loosely fit, lightly colored clothing in a tight weave helps keep mosquitoes from getting to your skin. Cover your skin in this type of clothing and you’ll notice a decrease in bites.
  • Call a pest control company like [Company]. We offer a Mosquito Treatment program that reduces your property’s mosquito population—and your chances of being bitten—by creating a mosquito barrier. The summer program we offer includes a thorough application of spray over the perimeter and prime points. This includes trees, bushes, and shrubs. These treatments give 21 days to a month of protection and the application schedule takes the mosquito life cycle into account as well as the natural breakdown of the treatment. Contact us today by calling 610-337-7378 for a free evaluation by one of our trained mosquito control experts.

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