Natural Mosquito Repellents for Your Yard

Last updated 05/14/2021 | |

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Mosquitoes can quickly ruin your outdoor fun, whether you’re having a barbecue, party, picnic, or just entertaining outdoors. Here are the best natural mosquito repellents for your yard.

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Everybody loves a backyard cookout or afternoon picnic--but nobody wants mosquitoes to join the party! Use these natural mosquito repellents to keep flying and biting pests away from your yard while you're entertaining or while the kids are outside playing.

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Some of these natural mosquito repellents work right away, and some are long-term repellents. All of them are completely natural and safe for your family and pets.

You may be surprised to learn that some natural mosquito repellents commonly shared online don't actually work! Learn more about those at the end of the article.

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Fast Mosquito Repellents

Long Lasting Mosquito Repellents

Natural Mosquito Repellents that Don’t Work

Unfortunately, many of the natural mosquito repellents you read about online don’t actually work. Don't waste your money or your time on these mosquito repellent myths.

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Citronella candles and torches: While they smell yummy, they contain such a small amount of citronella oil as to be ineffective, according to the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association.

Lemongrass, citronella, or other plants: The essential oils from these plants do repel mosquitoes, but unless you roll around on the plant you won't get enough of the plant oils on you to do any good.

Mosquito repellent bracelets: These contain a bit of essential oils, but they are only effective within about 1/2 inch of the bracelet. Consumer Reports found that they don't work, and one of the bracelet manufacturers was fined by the FTC.

Apps or ultrasonic repellents: File these under "Too Good to be True." The idea is that a magical sound is created which drives the mosquitoes away. The FTC has investigated several of these companies for false advertising--they may even attract mosquitoes instead of repelling them.

Natural Mosquito Bite Relief

If one of the little stinkers gets through and bites you, this natural mosquito bite relief recipe takes the itch away and speeds healing.

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