Foods and Natural Ingredients That Keep Your Children Safe From Mosquitoes

Posted by Mosquito Squad

December 20, 2023

Keeping mosquitoes away from your family may require you to make several lifestyle changes. For example, changing the foods that you eat (and adding a few natural ingredients to your garden) should help to deter mosquitoes and keep your family as safe as possible.

Eating Foods May Help Deter Many Mosquitoes

Many foods can naturally keep mosquitoes from biting you by introducing potent ingredients that repel mosquitoes. The full range of options will vary here depending on your taste but include items like:

  • Garlic and Basil – Eating foods rich in these ingredients will deter mosquitoes by causing you to have a slight smell when you sweat. You may not notice it, but mosquitoes well.

  • Chili Peppers – Capsaicin is a potent ingredient in chili peppers, one that will detract mosquitoes and keep them away from you. Add a few peppers to a salad or eat them raw.

  • Grapefruit – Citrus fruits in general (such as oranges) are unappealing to mosquitoes, but grapefruit has the most potent smell and works the best.

  • Lemongrass – This common ingredient is very unappealing to mosquitoes and will keep them away from your body if you eat it regularly.

Other foods that may deter mosquitoes include horseradish, seaweed, various types of coffee, and more. While you still might need to contact a local mosquito control company to get rid of these pests in your yard, eating these foods will keep you and your children safe.

Natural Ingredients That Help Keep Mosquitoes Away

While eating many foods may help keep mosquitoes away from you, other natural ingredients can be spread throughout your yard to keep them away. These naturalrepellents are safe and can be applied to just about any garden to get great results. These include:

  • Lavender – Produces a potent smell that keeps mosquitoes out of your yard while also providing an anti-septic benefit for bites and other issues.

  • Lemon Eucalyptus – Spread this oil throughout your yard, and you should keep mosquitoes out for most of the summer. Make sure to upgrade your application periodically.

  • Cinnamon – This potent oil can spread quickly throughout your garden to keep mosquitoes from invading. Cinnamon is also quite repellent to other pests, like flies.

  • Citronella – Buy citronella candles for your yard or spread this oil on various spots throughout your garden to keep mosquitoes away.

Other options to consider include thyme oil, catnip, soybean oil, and much more. As described by Healthline, these unique oils all have benefits beyond mosquito repellents. You may be able to find some of these items from a local mosquito control service expert.

Don't Neglect Expert Help

Are mosquitoes taking over your yard, and you need help from a local mosquito exterminator that you can trust? Then please call us at (219) 402-3344 or use our contact us form to get the help that you need. At Mosquito Squad of Northwest Indiana, we can provide the natural treatment you want and deserve, giving you the best chance to overcome the challenges of mosquito control with relative ease.