Mosquitos can be one of the most unpleasant aspects of summer. They thrive in humidity and heat and can make it difficult to enjoy your yard. Aside from their annoying and itchy bites, they can carry serious diseases, including dengue fever and the Zika virus, so it is vital that you do your best to keep them away.

Applying repellant chemicals to your skin and clothing can be unpleasant, and while the best-known effective repellant, DEET, appears to be safe, some health concerns remain. Likewise, fumigating your whole yard indiscriminately with bug-killing chemicals might have downsides for children, pets, and the environment.

There are, however, natural ways to repel mosquitos that are not just safe but downright pleasant. Certain plantings emit odors that mosquitos hate but people love, and they can serve as positive elements in your landscaping. You can also extract their essential oils and apply it to your skin as a safe personal repellant. Other essential oils from plants that you might not be able to grow can also be effective. If your yard is a mosquito haven, try some of these natural options, and refer to these articles on Healthline and Care2 for details and more suggestions.

Lavender

Both the oil and the crushed flowers of lavender produce a scent that keeps mosquitos away, and of course it smells delicious, being a common ingredient in high-end soaps, shampoos and other natural beauty aids. Lavender oil can also be worn directly on bare skin, where it is soothing and has analgesic qualities.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is one of the few essential oils that can kill mosquito eggs, preventing them from hatching. It is also effective for keeping away adult mosquitos. Dilute the oil in water before spraying it on you, because it can irritate the skin if it is pure.

Tea Tree

Tea tree oil is one of the most effective pest prevention options that you can make at home. Many repellants are made with tea tree oil, and they not only keep bugs away but also have anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil is readily available to make your own repellant.

Thyme

Thyme is another great options when it comes to pest prevention. It’s an attractive low shrub that complements many landscapes, smells lovely, and of course you can use it in cooking. The oil is highly effective at keeping mosquitos away. If you have a fire pit or bonfire, burn some thyme leaves for a wonderful smell that keep bugs away.

Several essential oils and plants can do a good, eco-friendly job keeping mosquitos in check. If you are looking for more options in Indiana or Michigan, call YES Pest Pros for professional, and eco-friendly pest prevention services: 800‑524‑8544.