We explore some of this year’s most popular home remedies for mosquitoes to provide you the pros and cons of undertaking these rumored solutions.
There is a home remedy movement out there that is sometimes awesome and other times scary. With the increased use of essential oils, vitamins, and old-timey cure-alls, it is important to make sure you know the risks before you attempt the miracle fix for your mosquito problems. Check out these commonly sought mosquito home remedies and the potential pitfalls they present.
Diatomaceous Earth for Mosquito Control
Risk: Diatomaceous earth is very dusty and can cause lung problems if inhaled. Pool grade diatomaceous earth will poison animals and people (and insects).
For Insects: Food-grade Diatomaceous Earth is authorized for use by the EPA and causes insects to dehydrate as it soaks up the oils and fats from their exoskeleton. It is effective as a pesticide but only when it is kept dry and undisturbed.
The problem: Diatomaceous earth will not be effective outdoors as rain, and other natural disturbances will dilute its effectiveness.
Essential Oils for Mosquito Control
There are a variety of essential oils that repel mosquitoes. Citronella, peppermint, lemon, eucalyptus, basil, clove, thyme, lemongrass, geranium, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and lavender all can repel mosquitoes in the right quantity. In fact, our all-natural mosquito control service utilizes essential oils.
The problem: To use essential oils as a DIY mosquito control remedy, you will have to use it on your skin or in a candle or diffuser. Applying it to your skin can get expensive as an every-day solution throughout the summer months. Using it in a candle requires you to stay within a specified perimeter of your essential oils candle to reap the benefits. Both of these at-home essential oil solutions restrict your freedom to enjoy the outdoors spontaneously, actively, and without preparation. And both require you to withstand very specific smells.
Garlic Mosquito Control
There are two ways in which people try to use garlic for mosquito control. First, they ingest garlic pills. This mosquito control myth was debunked in 2005 with a study by the University of Connecticut.
The second method is a garlic-based mosquito spray that supposedly repels mosquitoes from your property. The reviews are mixed on the product with most citing that it is weather-dependent, many saying the smell is unbearable, and that it has to be applied frequently.
The truth about garlic: When consumed by mosquitoes, garlic can effectively kill them. This requires you to bait the mosquitoes with something they will ingest and add garlic oil to it.
More mosquito control methods you should NOT try at home:
Powdered Bleach – Known to cause respiratory illness.
Boric Acid – This must be ingested by insects to kill them, so it only works in a bait style attempt at mosquito control.
Electronic Mosquito Devices – Two types of devices are sold for mosquito control. One creates a supposed radius, so plan on staying near it when spending time outdoors. The others create a trap which has to effectively attract mosquitoes first. I don’t know about you, but I would rather not attract mosquitoes first!How many types of mosquito repellent are you willing to try before you go with what is guaranteed to work? Time is our most precious commodity, don’t waste it on rumored solutions, call Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas to enjoy up to 90% fewer mosquitoes on your property!