How to get rid of mosquitoes without chemicals

Fire pits
#4: Smoke them out!
Mosquitoes don't like smoke and our ancestors knew this as they
huddled around the fire to avoid them. In French Polynesia, where
mosquitoes are extremely pesky and in large numbers, the locals
make burn piles outdoors to deter them from their property, and
coconut shells are popular to burn. It's not so much the coconut
shell smoke that deters, but rather it's the smoke itself that
deters them and coconut shells are abundant.

Mosquitoes don't like smoke of any kind, so go ahead and light a
bonfire and deter the mosquitoes:

  • Burn sage. Burn sage and smoke out mosquitoes and any
    bad spirits. Used for purification and spiritual blessing, sage
    smudge sticks help bring clarity, harmony and love as they
    rid your home of negativity and unwanted emotions.

  • Frankincense is a natural mosquito repellent. Frankincense  
    resin is lighter than gold and is a commodity for health and
    well being.

  • Mosquito sticks: Murphy's Mosquito sticks are made of
    bamboo and infused with Citronella, Lemongrass and
    Rosemary ~ all mosquito repelling essential oils. Ridiculously
    Good Natural Insect Repellent, and DEET Free, Murphy's
    Mosquito Sticks contain ten percent repellent oils, three
    times more than leading repellent products on the market.
    Each repellent oil impacts each insect type in a unique way,
    so having three different oils gives Murphy's Mosquito Sticks
    a broader spectrum of coverage.
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A mosquito is a mini vampire of sorts, so get the vampire
response team ready! Just one mosquito bite could trigger a
deadly outbreak. Mosquitoes pose several health problems to
humans, as they are the vectors responsible for many illnesses:
  • Chikungunya - an Aedes Mosquito-borne disease.
  • Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever - an Aedes Mosquito-Borne
  • Encephalitis (a mosquito-transmitted viral disease causing
    brain inflammation).
  • Malaria
  • Rickettsial Diseases
  • Rift Valley Fever
  • West Nile Virus; and
  • Yellow Fever an Aedes Mosquito-borne disease
  • Zika Virus - an Aedes Mosquito-borne disease

As you can see from the list above, the biggest culprit for disease
is the Aedes Mosquito! The Aedes Mosquito is responsible for 100
million cases of mosquito-born disease annually, according to the
Centers for Disease Control. Mosquitoes also transmit
heartworm to pets!

Happy endings...
While it's true that mosquitoes are a nuisance, you will be happy
to know that roughly half the population of mosquitoes aren't a
problem at all for humans. That's because they're male! It's the
female mosquitoes bite. When you think of it, the female
mosquito isn't all bad. She's got a family to feed and it's hard to
find fault with that!

Best of all, mosquitoes don't live very long ~ you can count their
lifecycle in days. Males last a week, and the lucky females last a
couple of months under ideal conditions. Mosquito season reaches
its peak in the summer hot months and start their decline by the
end of summer. By fall they should taper off until next season.

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Keep mosquitoes away without chemicals!
A rogue mosquito flying overhead while you're trying to sleep
might be an annoyance, but from a prepper's perspective it could
be a personal apocalypse, bringing disease to your family or
group. Mosquitoes have caused more deaths to mankind than
war, so you must do something about them.

The mosquito is a hardy and prolific insect ~ just one elusive
female mosquito can lay 500 eggs in her lifecycle causing a long
wave of her progeny to hover around your homestead. If you want
to be truly self-sufficient, you'll need a plan to get rid of
mosquitoes naturally and without harsh chemicals. Below are the
best ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally, without chemicals.

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
How do you get rid of mosquitoes naturally? End your mosquito
woes without harsh chemicals using the ideas below. Here's how
to get rid of mosquitoes around the homestead naturally.

#1: Know what to wear (and what not to wear).
Ingenuity and knowledge in selecting the proper clothing is a first
line of defense against mosquitoes. The most effective measure
of protection against the pesky Aedes Mosquito (and her cousins)
is to prevent bites all together and wear a mosquito net from
head to toe. Not everyone wants to wear a head to toe insect
shield while walking the dog in the afternoon. What then?

  • Know what NOT to wear (blue). Bradford Angier in his
    book How to Stay Alive in the Woods, reveals that
    mosquitoes love blue, especially blue clothes that are moist
    with perspiration. Both mosquitoes and black flies "can
    actually kill a full grown man in good health," he says. When
    you go camping, remember to avoid blue as it attracts these
    little beasts. Consider avoiding blue in your bugout clothing
    for the same reason.

  • Wear a mosquito net properly. If you're camping deep into
    woods and need to wear a mosquito net, be sure to wear it
    properly. Select a baseball cap or a wide brimmed hat to
    wear underneath the mosquito net that goes over your head.
    The baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat will keep the net from
    falling directly on your face to avoid the irritation of rubbing
    against the skin.

  • Choose white, long sleeve clothing and white socks. The
    reason to wear white clothing, particularly white socks, is so
    that you can better see the insects. Long sleeves will help
    keep insects off your skin, but know that mosquitoes can
    easily penetrate thin fabrics including cotton. Alternatively
    you could wear Permethrin insect repelling clothing. This is a
    man-made version of a natural insect repellent found in
    certain chrysanthemum plants. Permethrin is proven to repel
    ticks, ants, flies, chiggers and midges (no-see-ums), as well
    as mosquitoes carrying lyme disease, west nile virus, malaria
    and other insect-borne diseases.

#2. Take a stand on standing water.
Getting rid of the local mosquito population is easier than you
may think. Controlling mosquitoes by taking a stand on water is
the best way.

Take a serious look at all water sources because it only takes an
inch of water to create the perfect mosquito breeding place:

  • Look for standing water in man-made places. Mosquitoes
    lay eggs in the bird bath, rain barrel lids, buckets, wagons,
    watering cans, and sandbox covers. Put items that collect
    water into the garage or a shed during the wet season.

  • Pull tarps tight! Pull tarps tight to help prevent mosquitoes
    from propagating in stagnant waters. Rainwater pools in the
    folds of tarps covering a pile of firewood, a speedboat, a
    grill, or other large items, which is why Popular Mechanics
    recommends you tie your tarps tightly.

  • Ban the lawn. Most preppers grow food and not lawns
    anyway, but if you have a lawn then be sure to keep it well
    manicured because mosquitoes enjoy the moist clippings of
    lawn debris. What's more, lawns are a source of mud puddles
    which are another breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  • Look for standing water in other natural places. Check
    trees for hidden water holes in the range of an acre.

  • Check in with neighbors about the mosquito problem. Your
    work of getting rid of mosquitoes will be for naught if you
    get rid of mosquitoes and your next door neighbor is
    breeding them.

  • Watch the muddy and swampy prone areas. For muddy
    water areas, get Mosquito Bits, pictured right, to quickly kill
    mosquitoes where they breed. Environmentally sound and
    EPA registered in all 50 states, Mosquito Bits are corn cob
    granules coated in Bti, or bacillus thuringiensis (subspecies
    israelensis). It's a gram-positive, soil-dwelling bacterium,
    commonly used as a biological pesticide. The Bits don't last
    long but they do provide a punch, turning water black with
    larvae, to a clear pool void of future mosquitoes. It kills
    mosquito larvae that transmit West Nile Virus, Encephalitis,
    Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and Malaria and more.

#3: Set out a Mosquito Trap.
Another way to get rid of mosquitoes is to trap them. Right, is
the indoor Mosquito Killer from OXA ~ it functions quietly and
doesn't use any dyes or toxic chemical compounds to attract the
bugs. It's extremely safe and eco-friendly because it uses a white
ultraviolet light to attract and then trap and zap flying bugs

Other fancy mosquito traps exist, but you can build a mosquito
trap from a soda bottle using the diagram below. Once you build
the mosquito trap, you can lure mosquitoes inside the bottle with
brown sugar, yeast, hot water and a cloth. Pictured below, you'll
find the steps are simple and once you try it, very effective at
getting rid of mosquitoes.
Mosqutio Traps
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#5: Citronella Essential Oil and Candles.
Citronella oil repels mosquitoes. The Botanical Name of
"Citronella" is Cymbopogon Winterianus.

  • Citronella Essential Oil. Citronella Essential Oil is credited
    with having therapeutic properties as an antiseptic,
    deodorant, insecticide, parasitic, tonic and as a stimulant.
    Nonetheless, most people will associate it with its
    insecticide properties. Many commercial repellents contain
    Citronella Ceylon, and it is often used in combination with
    Cedarwood to produce a pleasant smelling natural insect

  • Repel Citronella Candle. The Repel citronella candle,
    pictured at the top right-hand of the page, is made with real
    citronella oil and repels mosquito's and other flying insects.
    The portable, convenient tin has a lid for easy use and
    storage and also keeps the citronella odor under wraps until
    you need to use it. Burns up to 20-hour. Unfortunately,
    citronella also attracts bears, so if you live in bear country,
    you should avoid it.

  • Citronella candle. Cironella makes a wonderful survival

#6: Get out the essential oils.
Another way In addition to citronella, here are some natural
mosquito repellents...

  • Bergamot.

  • Citronella geranium. Try also Citronella geranium essential
    oils. Bugging out or camping in bear country? A citronella
    candle is wonderful for repelling mosquitoes, but when you
    are in bear country, you'll need to avoid citronella!

  • Cinnamon oil.

  • Eucalyptus.

  • Spearmint oil: Essential Oil of spearmint is a natural
    mosquito repellent, as well  it has antibacterial qualities.
    (Ants, flies, and moths don't like spearmint oil either.)

  • Peppermint essential oil.

  • Mix Thyme oil with peppermint oil: Mix 1- drops of thyme
    oil with 10 drops of peppermint oil and with two ounces of
    water. This natural  mosquito repellent is now ready for your
    mini spray bottle!

  • Rosemary, mint and cloves: Boil some water with a few
    sprigs of mint and rosemary and some cloves! The recipe for
    Cheryl's all natural Mosquito Spray smells nice to humans,
    but will send the mosquitoes away with the spray!

#7: Plant the plants mosquitoes hate!
Curb those pesky mosquitoes naturally by planting fragrant herbs.
Plant fragrant basil, rosemary, and lemon verbena on your
property. These plants naturally repel mosquitoes from your yard.
Don't have a yard? Even potted plants will help you on your deck.
Hippocrates once said: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be
thy food."  Who knew mosquitoes would be such a picky bunch?

  • Basil. An herb that makes mosquitoes skedaddle, basil will
    make a delicious addition to your herb garden.

  • Catnip. Treat your kitty and combat mosquitoes
    simultaneously. Rub catnip oil on your skin: it's purr-fect.
    The essential oil in catnip is Catnip makes the cockroaches
    cower, too. catnip is 10 times more effective than Deet (as
    reported by Scientific Daily)!

  • Garlic. Rubbing garlic on your body apparently will repel two
    kinds of blood suckers vampires and mosquitoes.

  • Lemon thyme. Lemon thyme is loathed by mosquitoes.
    Pictured right is the Mosquito Repelling Creeping Lemon
    Thyme plant.  Lemon Thyme is the ultimate no-spray
    mosquito repellent! This plant combats mosquito problems
    safely and effectively. A relative of the thyme family,
    creeping lemon thyme has a pleasant lemony fragrance that
    scents the air with a perfume mosquitoes won't tolerate! The
    high citronella oil content of this hardy, easy-to-grow
    perennial plant is more potent than any other mosquito
    repellent plant tested, and more potent than citronella
    candles or sprays, especially when the leaves are rubbed
    onto exposed areas of bare skin. Reported by plant scientists
    at a major university, and published in major national
    magazine media, the mosquito repellent thyme is up to
    three times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than
    other mosquito-repellent plants. Mosquito repellent thyme is
    used as a garnish or cooking herb. The plants are easily
    grown and spread fast making an attractive low growing 4
    tall ground cover with a mass of light violet flowers.

  • Lemon Grass. Popular in Thai cooking, lemon grass is not
    easy to grow by seed. If you're serious about getting lemon
    grass to deter mosquitoes naturally, then purchase a bundle
    at an Asian market or online.

  • Lemon Verbena.

  • Marigold. You're golden with Marigold if you don't like
    mosquitoes, because mosquitoes will buzz away at the smell
    of it.

  • Rosemary. Packed with antioxidants, rosemary is great for
    repelling mosquitoes and it's a natural disinfectant. Best of
    all, it's easy to grow and doesn't require much water making
    it a drought tolerant plant for your garden.

  • Spearmint. In addition to using spearmint essential oil,
    consider planting spearmint in your garden.  You'll be minty
    fresh and mosquito free with spearmint. Mosquitoes dislike
    spearmint, and other insects too, including ants, flies, and
    moths. Rub spearmint on your skin directly as a natural
    mosquito repellent or plant spearmint in pots and move
    wherever you find them. Other insects that don't like
    spearmint, include ants, flies, and moths).

#8: Repel before the swell, naturally!
Purple Martins, a type of bird, are nature`s mosquito eliminator.
Purple Martins rely entirely on man-made structures for communal
nesting and they tend to return annually to the same spot. Purple
Martins are social and the decoy above puts them at ease.

Here are more ways to repel the swell mosquitoes:

  • Slime them with lime: Slice a lime and insert cloves. It's a
    simple solution that will look pretty on your table. You might
    also try clove essential oils.

  • Bug-off Essential oils. Bug-off Essential Oils, by Plant
    Therapy, is a blend of: citronella, eucalyptus, cedarwood,
    lemongrass, lavender, litsea, tea tree oil, Patchouli and
    catnip.  Diffuse or use Bug-Off in an oil burner around the
    picnic area or diluted in witch hazel and sprayed on clothing.

  • Garden Safe Organic Insecticidal Soap. Garden Safe
    Organic Insecticidal Soap, pictured left, is an effective way
    to rid your garden of pests without harming beneficial honey
    bees or ladybugs.

  • Geranium Essential oil. Geranium oil will ward off

Weird ways to get rid of mosquitoes.

  • Dump used coffee grounds in stagnant water to kill
    mosquito eggs. Preppers find used coffee grounds useful for
    many reasons ~ add getting rid of mosquitoes to the list.
    The used coffee grounds will change the acidity of the water,
    ruining the otherwise ideal breeding grounds for the pesky

  • Attract birds that eat mosquitoes. Use nature to keep your
    property mosquito free. Purple Martins, swallows, waterfowl,
    geese and ducks all eat mosquitoes. You can set up bird
    feeders, bird houses, and bird baths to attract the birds. Just
    be sure to change the water on the bird bath (and be sure to
    clean the bird bath once a month with vinegar).

#9: Vaccinate livestock.
Vaccines against West Nile virus are readily available for your
pets and livestock. If you curb the problem first by ensuring your
pets and livestock are safe, then you minimize the problem that
much more for yourself. Ask your veterinarian.

Ditch the itch! Here's how to take the bite out of the
mosquito bite naturally...
While the above remedies work for getting rid of mosquitoes
altogether, there may be times when you get a bite. Left, is a
popular list presented on Facebook for the "9 Do-It Yourself Home
Remedies for Relieving Mosquito Bites," but our list is more
extensive. If you want to ditch the itch, we have plenty of ideas!

Certainly the list is endless. We've even heard Windex, but
please avoid the Windex, there are plenty of other options.

How to get rid of Aedes Mosquito
There are some simple ways to get rid of mosquitoes around the
homestead without chemicals.

  • This killer "vampire mosquito" loves to bite during the
    day! A mosquito net over your bed at night isn't going to do
    you much good against this particular mosquito (though it.
    Knowing that she bites during the day, you can take more
    preventive measures during the day to cover up and wear
    repellent. Repelling mosquitoes isn't brain surgery, but
    you've got to balance the chemical load of lotions with
    natural alternatives.

  • Control the population of mosquitoes around your
    homestead. There are so many incredible products on the
    market help preppers deal with the pesky problem of
    mosquitoes and getting them out of your vicinity. Getting rid
    of mosquitoes isn't going to be easy, but it is doable. Learn
    more below...

Mosquito facts...

  • More people die from mosquito bites than from wars. It's
    true! More than 500,000 people die annually from mosquito
    borne diseases (primarily from malaria) around the world.

  • Mosquitoes like to bite at dawn. You're most likely to get
    mosquito bites at dawn or at dusk, when mosquitoes are
    most active.

  • Your breath is like a chuck wagon triangle to a mosquito.
    The carbon dioxide from your breathing attracts them to
    lunch. Pregnant women emit more carbon dioxide than other
    adults and children and are the most susceptible to bites.

  • Some people are more susceptible to mosquito bites than
    others. According to Web MD, it's genetics that accounts for
    about 85% susceptibility to mosquito bites.

Are you in denial about West Nile? February and March is an
especially good time to curb pesky mosquitoes. If you're lucky
enough to catch the first batch of larvae, you'll cut the chance
they breed and this minimizes your problem later in the season.
With the impeding threat of West Nile Virus, you may be
wondering just how can you prevent mosquito bites and minimize
the mosquitoes around your home. It's all about education. When
you have a few facts and supplies you can curb the nuisance.

Here are some recent mosquito alerts:

Do It Yourself Remedies for Relieving Mosquito Bites

To soothe a mosquito bite here are some natural remedies:
  1. place a lemon slice (or onion) on the afflicted area:
  2. crush aspirin into a paste with a bit of water;
  3. heat a spoon under the hot water tap and press on the bite;
  4. make a paste of baking soda by mixing water and apply to
    the affected area;
  5. apply apple cider vinegar directly to the bite;
  6. try aloe vera as a natural way to soothe a bite
  7. honey applied directly to the bite will help provide relief.
  8. wet a tea bag and apply as a compress;
  9. smooth in some coconut oil or aloe vera gel;
  10. rub a banana peel on the afflicted area; or
  11. dab lavender essential oil, witch hazel or tea tree oil to
    provide relief.
  12. scrub a dry bar of ivory soap on the bite;
  13. rub some, ammonia rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide;
  14. dab Vic's Vaporizing rub as an ointment;
  15. brush in some Tom's peppermint toothpaste
  16. sooth a mosquito bite with witch hazel and learn its magical
  17. use mouthwash to soothe mosquito bites and other insect
  18. If the above doesn't work, smooth in some:
  • Anbesol
  • Chloraseptic
  • Orajel
  • Skoal tobacco or
  • Meat tenderizer
  • or Preparation H!

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