▷ How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Home & Yard Naturally (2024 Update)

How to Kill Mosquitoes with Natural DIY Repellents

By Sabrina Wilson / August 2, 2018
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Mosquitoes are just little creatures, but they can wreak havoc on our lives. They can cause some dangerous and even fatal diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya. There are so many mosquito repellents out there that are filled with harsh chemicals, which is bad for you and your home. They also have negative effects on the environment.

If you are interested in naturally getting rid of mosquitoes, then look no further! Check out these 20 home remedies that will get rid of your mosquito problem in an eco-friendly manner.

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1. Dry Ice

Dry ice emits a lot of carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes. So all you have to do is place dry ice in a container and keep it at a certain distance away from you. When all the mosquitoes are attracted to the container and are inside it, just close the lid. While this method might be a little time-consuming, it is quite effective.

2. Coffee Grounds

This is a really simple, yet effective method for getting rid of mosquitoes. Just sprinkle coffee grounds wherever you find still water near your home. The mosquito eggs present in the water will be forced to the surface and will be deprived of oxygen. This will kill them before they are hatched and prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

3. Mosquito Traps

You can buy a mosquito trap or make one at home. You only need a few supplies. First, cut a plastic bottle in half. In a separate container, mix brown sugar and hot water together until dissolved. When it cools down, empty the mixture into the bottom half of the bottle. Next, add yeast. Put the top funnel part of the bottle, in an upside down direction, into the bottom half of the bottle. Wrap tape around the bottle, leaving the top uncovered. Place it where mosquitoes go the most, and change the solution in the bottle every two weeks.

4. Camphor

This is another home remedy to get rid of mosquitoes in an environmentally friendly way. All you do is close all the doors and windows in a room, and then light the camphor and leave it alone for about a half hour. When you back to that room, the mosquitoes will be gone.

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5. Garlic

Garlic has a very strong smell that mosquitoes really don't like. Just crush a few cloves of garlic and boil it in some water for a few minutes. Then pour the solution into a spray bottle and squirt it all around the room. This will kill the mosquitoes.

6. Dish Soap

This one is really easy. Just squirt a mixture of dish soap and water on the mosquitoes to kill them naturally.

7. Beer

Just fill a bowl with plain beer and place it in your home to repel mosquitoes.

8. Lilac Oil and Coconut Oil

Lilac has so many great qualities. It is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, and also has anti-protozoan properties. To get rid of mosquitoes, mix lilac oil and coconut oil in an even ratio and apply it all over your body. This will keep mosquitoes away from you for a minimum of eight hours.

9. Eucalyptus Oil and Lemon Oil

Mix these two oils together at an even ratio and apply it to your body to repel mosquitoes from you. See our article on where to buy essential oils for more info on finding these oils.

10. Basil

If you plant basil in your garden and put a few potted basil plants around your home, mosquitoes won't come near you.

11. Citronella Oil

This oil is the most effective when it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes. Apply it all over your body, or put a few drops of it in a candle when lighting it. Mosquitoes won't come near you at all.

12. Mint

Although we love the smell of mint, mosquitoes hate it. You can buy mint extract or mint oil and add it to a spray bottle of water. Then, spray the mixture wherever you want to make mosquitoes go away.

13. Lavender Oil

Lavender oil is more effective than any chemical out there. Mosquitoes can't tolerate the smell of lavender oil, so they will be instantly repelled. Spray it in your room or directly on your skin to make mosquitoes go away.

14. Tea Tree Oil

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal features of tea tree oil work perfectly when it comes to fighting off mosquitoes. The strong odor of the tea tree oil keeps the mosquitoes away. Just mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a few drops of water and put this mixture on your face and other parts of your body.

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15. Pinion Wood

Burn this wood outside your home and the odor that it releases will prevent mosquitoes from entering your home.

17. Rosemary

Rosemary is a very popular natural mosquito repellent. Just burn a few stalks of it and mosquitoes will be driven away.

18. Mosquito Repellent Plants

Plants like catnip and feverfew are great for repelling mosquitoes. Just plant a few in your garden or place them around your home.

19. Soybean Oil

This is another great oil to repel mosquitoes. Just add a few drops to a candle, light it, and watch as mosquitoes go away.

20. Lemongrass Oil

This oil is known for driving mosquitoes away. It will be most effective if you add a few drops to a spray bottle full of water and spray it around your home.

Here are some do's and don'ts to keep in mind while getting rid of mosquitoes.

  • Hang a mosquito net.
  • Keep doors and windows of your house closed at night.
  • Remember that mosquitoes are attracted to light.
  • Don't allow stagnant water near your home because that is where mosquitoes breed

About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

John - February 16, 2017

Can i use mosquito dunk to control them?

    Sabrina Wilson - February 17, 2017

    Yes, if you have standing water that you can treat that works. It’s not always easy to find the source though.

hasrat nigar - July 1, 2017

is it effective?????is it done any hamper to the body?????

Lorraine - July 6, 2017

What can I pour in my drainage to get rid of mosquitoes that is really affective to them? I see them breeding in there.

    Sabrina Wilson - July 6, 2017

    Mosquito dunks like these: http://amzn.to/2sRA5gu

Nan - November 5, 2017

HI. I think that mosquitoes entered our car during or after Hurricane Irma. We live in FL so mosquitoes are a way of life here but I am being bitten repeatedly every time I ride in the car. We are going to pull all the mats and somehow treat the car carpet but I am wondering if they could be breeding in the a.c. vents? Have you ever heard of this and what can be done? Thank you!

    Sabrina Wilson - November 6, 2017

    I haven’t heard of that but who knows, could happen I suppose. I would spray the vents and the mats with an essential oil that repels mosquitoes and one that you don’t mind smelling regularly. I’d also use a car diffuser with the same oil in it. Mosquitoes are pretty fragile and would likely leave or die as the interior of a car is a fairly closed environment.

Brenda - November 30, 2017

In making a mosquitoes trap, can I substitute something else for the yeast?

edwardhoward - December 19, 2017

Avoid Perfume and Strong-Smelling Shampoos : The heavy, artificial smell of perfumes and shampoo attracts mosquitoes so try not to use them.

Anil - February 13, 2018

It is blog’s I wouldlike to receive
All studies and other materials thatare available naturally.

Saghir Siddiqi Siddiqi - February 26, 2018

Good suggestion is welcome

Sanjana - March 31, 2018

I used camphor but all carbon made my bedsheet black n blanket black what is the alternate.

odubonojo mustopha - October 10, 2018

tnks for this

Lyndsy Gopaul - January 3, 2019


Glenda Straw - June 4, 2019

Would you happen to have an idea of a recipe to spray on the grass to kill mosquitos in the grass. We had a recipe that included Epsom Salt and other ingredients, we lost it. Worked well and we need it now! Thanks, appreciate you! Glenda Straw

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