Summer is officially here, and no matter where you live in the United States, one downside to warmer weather is the appearance of mosquitos. Being bitten by them is a nuisance and definitely makes for an unwanted distraction during a garden party or outdoor cookout!

The good news about mosquito control is that you don’t have to use industrial-strength chemical repellents to keep mosquitoes away. Here are some great tips on using three types of natural bug repellents to keep your backyard activities mosquito-free. All three are great natural options that you can use without worry about troubling side effects or risks associated with the long-term use of chemical bug repellents.

3 Natural Bug Repellents And How To Use Them

  1. Citronella. This natural solution is perhaps one of the most conveniently available. Most garden centers stock a supply of citronella candles or torches. If you want this bug-fighter on hand all the time, or don’t want to keep an eye on the candle or torch flame for safety’s sake, you can also grow citronella plants in your yard or in a container garden. A container garden allows you to place your citronella plants wherever the fun is.
  2. Catnip or Peppermint. Both of these plants are easy to grow and have uses beyond being natural bug repellents. Most people can rub both plants directly on the skin, although you may want to consult with a physician first if you have concerns about skin irritation. And if you choose catnip, you may become very popular with your own or your neighborhood’s felines! Both of these plants also grow well in containers.
  3. Lavender and eucalyptus essential oils. You can create a pleasantly scented outdoor mist that also is a natural bug repellent by blending lavender oil and eucalyptus oil with water. Place the mix in a spray bottle for easy, even application. A few drops of each oil in your blend is fine, making this solution highly cost-effective. Lavender also grows well in many climates.

There are many other natural ways to fight mosquitoes when you are active outside. A few of them include basil (dried or fresh), clove, lemongrass, neem oil, and thyme. Some holistic websites even provide recipes for creating natural bug repellents, and many grocery or home improvement stores carry chemical free bug-repelling products.

If you are noticing significant bug infestations on your rental property or in an Avilla Homes community, don’t hesitate to call your property manager promptly.