get rig of mosquitoes inside and out

We all know how effective mosquito insecticides like DEET can be, but the harsh chemicals can aggravate your skin, lungs, and eyes. If you feel you’re trading one nuisance for another when you use commercial bug sprays, why not try a more natural method? From essential oils to landscaping adjustments, there are plenty of home remedies for mosquitoes and other insects you can use inside and out.

The next time you get bitten by a pesky mosquito, use these natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes and skip the harsh pesticides.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Outside

If sun and fun are the best things about summer, mosquitoes have to be the worst. When you can’t even enjoy your own backyard without the constant aggravation of mosquitoes, it’s time to use these home remedies for mosquito control:

Minimize Standing Water

Mosquitoes need standing water to breed and multiply and they don’t need much of it to infest your yard. Survey your yard and get rid of any toys, birdbaths, and containers that catch and hold rainwater.

Invite Natural Mosquito Predators

The more birds you have in your yard, the fewer mosquitoes there will be to annoy you. You can attract more birds by creating a habitat they can’t refuse with birdhouses and feeders. But skip the birdbath!

Pick the Right Plants

A beautiful garden can be one of the best home remedies to kill mosquitoes outdoors. Citronella grass, catnip, lavender, and marigolds are natural insect repellents that work well for controlling mosquitoes.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in the House

It’s one thing to put up with mosquitoes outside on their turf, but having mosquitoes in your home can be especially aggravating. If you want to keep mosquitoes, fruit files, and other pests at bay, it’s plants to the rescue again. Here’s how to get rid of mosquitoes in the house with plants and plant oils that mosquitoes and other bugs can’t stand:


It’s easy to grow basil indoors, and the herb contains four mosquito repellent ingredients, making it one of the most effective home remedies for mosquitoes indoors. Plus, you get a steady supply of a delicious herb you can use in a variety of dishes.


Lavender reportedly interferes with mosquitoes’ sense of smell, reducing your chances of being targeted. For a shortcut, use Lavender oil instead. Dab some on tissues and place them in inconspicuous places near entry points and dab some on your wrists for even more bite protection.

Lemon Balm

This citrus-scented plant is easy to grow and is a natural deterrent for mosquitoes. For optimal mosquito control, pinch flower buds as they develop to prevent the plant’s scent from diminishing.

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