Linzi Martin

Mosquitoes are tiny, but mighty. Anyone who lives in an area where mosquitoes are prevalent feels the constant struggle of trying to find effective ways to mitigate them. And although these insects can cause numerous fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue and yellow fever, most people just suffer the typical symptoms which are itchy mosquito bites. These are both annoying and irritating.

Store-bought mosquito repellent products can help reduce your chances of getting bit, however they're filled with chemicals that aren't good for you or the environment. If you're looking for natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes, look no further! We know it can be difficult to keep bugs and insects out of your apartment.

Try using these natural mosquito repellent methods next time you catch mosquitoes swarming around your environment.

1. Camphor


Camphor is a natural home remedy that will assist in getting rid of mosquitoes around your house or apartment. Its strong odor drives mosquitoes away.

All you have to do is close all of the doors and then light camphor. After about 30 minutes, you'll notice that you won't find any mosquitoes.

2. Garlic


Garlic is made up of several properties that help keep mosquitoes away. To test this method out, you can crush a few cloves of garlic and then boil them in water. Then, you'll want to pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray it around your room, garage, etc.

To your surprise, this solution made up of garlic will kill mosquitoes instantly. And the scent will dissipate to your nose within minutes, so no need to worry of your home reeking of garlic.

3. Coffee grounds

coffee grounds

You won't have to look too far to find this one! Almost everyone has coffee grounds in their apartment and it just so happens to be one of the home remedies for getting rid of mosquitoes.

Stagnant water increases the number of mosquitoes around, so all you need to do is pour coffee grounds in the stagnant water around your environment. Mosquito eggs will come up to the surface and die due to not having any oxygen.

4. Lavender oil

lavender oil

Mosquitoes can't stand the scent of lavender oil so you can use this to your advantage. Keep mosquitoes away by spraying lavender oil around your home and surrounding areas. Fun fact: You can also put some on your body to avoid getting bit!

5. Mint


Similar to lavender oil, mosquitoes also hate the smell of mint. Once again, use this to your advantage! Take fresh mint or mint oil and place it around your environment. You can also consider growing mint shrubs to keep them away for good!

6. Beer and alcohol


As funny as it sounds, mosquitoes can't stand the smell of alcohol, either. Simply place a beer or glass of alcohol in a room, and it will most definitely keep all the mosquitoes away. And hey, you most likely already have some beer in your fridge – just don't drink it!

7. Dry ice

dry ice

This is a more time-consuming mosquito repellent method, but it works well. You can place dry ice inside a container or trap and eventually, it will attract mosquitoes due to its carbon dioxide emissions. They'll get trapped and die inside of it.

Note: Wear gloves or an oven mitt when handling dry ice. It is extremely cold and can freeze your skin if touched for too long.

8. Tea tree oil

tea tree oil

As you might know, tea tree oil contains numerous anti-bacterial properties that are beneficial in treating different injuries and illnesses. The same goes for mosquitoes.

Just mix a few drops of tea tree oil in some water and add it to a spray bottle. Spray the solution around your environment and it'll become mosquito free.

9. Basil leaves


Basil leaves are known for killing mosquito larvae. What does this mean for you? You can simply plant a basil plant in your backyard or at the entry points of your home. You can also spray some basil oil to repel mosquitoes.

10. Pinion wood

pinion wood

Start burning some pinion wood — a common wood used for outdoor fireplaces — outside your house or apartment and the smell will start killing mosquitoes almost instantly. They can't handle the smell and will die pretty quickly.

What are your favorite natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes?

We'd love to hear from you. Have you tried any of these methods and succeeded in removing mosquitoes from your environment? Leave us a comment below and let us know your personal experiences!



About The Author

Linzi Martin

Linzi Martin has been a freelance writer for over five years. A Florida native, Linzi resides in Delray Beach, where she works as a content marketer and writer for small-to-medium sized businesses around the globe. Her work has been featured by the Porcaro Law Group, VoyageMIA and The Connect Magazine, just to name a few.