How to Repel Mosquitoes Without Bug Spray
July 29, 2023
One of the most frustrating parts of living in Port St. Lucie sometimes is going outside. Why? Because going outside your home usually means getting mosquito bites. Sure, you can cover yourself in bug spray every time you go outside, but constantly having a repellent residue and smell on your skin is just not ideal.
The good news is there's a way to repel mosquitoes without slathering yourself in mosquito repellent every time you decide to go outside. In fact, it's possible to repel mosquitoes in your yard permanently.
Keep reading to learn the best ways to repel mosquitoes in Port St Lucie. We'll go over everything from natural mosquito repellents, to how to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard for good.
How Do I Repel Mosquitoes in Port St. Lucie?
The first question you might have is a big one - "how do I repel mosquitoes?" The answer to this question is twofold. First, you should understand how you attract mosquitoes in the first place. As humans, we attract mosquitoes with a few things: releasing carbon dioxide (breathing), wearing certain colors, your blood type, and more.
Signs you'll attract more mosquitoes:
- You're a runner: When you run, you release carbon dioxide. This is because when they sense carbon dioxide, they understand it's a sign of an animal host.
- You're wearing dark-colored clothes: Mosquitoes are attracted to colors like black and red. Wearing lighter colors can decrease your chances of them sensing you.
- Your blood type is type O or type AB: These blood types attract the Asian tiger mosquito and the marsh mosquito.
- You sweat a lot: Mosquitoes can smell sweat, and they're attracted to the lactic acid and ammonia in it.
- You eat a banana before going outside: Mosquitoes are attracted to people with a diet of sweet, salty, potassium-rich foods. Surprisingly, scientists have found that eating bananas can especially attract mosquitoes.
- You're pregnant: Pregnant people seem to get more mosquito bites. This is partly because they release carbon dioxide and they have slightly higher body temperatures.
- You like beer: Mosquitoes are typically more attracted to people who were recently drinking beer than people who have just been drinking water.
- You're an adult: Adults release more carbon dioxide than children.
So next time you go outside during peak mosquito hours, consider relaxing in a lounge chair with a glass of wine in light-colored clothing. If your kids beg you to play with them, tell them that Native Pest Management told you that you have to relax or the 'skeets will get you!
But seriously, it's also important to understand peak mosquito hours so you can be smart. Here's the basic idea: Mosquitoes don't like sunlight. They avoid direct sunlight as much as possible by being active during sunrise, sunset, and nighttime.
Now, you may be thinking about the time you went on a walk at 3:00pm and they were everywhere. Well, where'd you go? I bet it was somewhere with trees, and it likely had rained sometime that week.
Mosquitoes will avoid sunlight by hiding in shady areas. If you walk through heavily or even lightly forested areas, mosquitoes will come out to play.
How Do I Repel Mosquitoes With Natural Repellants?
While it may be surprising, there are ways to repel mosquitoes without using chemical repellents. Certain natural oils are perfect for scaring mosquitoes away, while others are unfortunately a myth.
Natural Mosquito Repellents:
- Lemon eucalyptus oil: mix one part lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel for three hours of protection.
- Lavender: Crush lavender leaves and apply the oil to mosquito-sensitive parts of the body like the arms, legs, and ankles.
- Cinnamon oil: Mix 1/4 teaspoon of oil with every four ounces of water. Spray onto the skin for protection against primarily the Asian tiger mosquito.
- Thyme oil: Combine 4 drops of oil with every teaspoon of olive oil. Or, for a spray, mix five drops of thyme oil with two ounces of water.
- Neem oil: Dilute 50-100 millimeters of neem oil in water, oil, or lotion. Make sure the oil is cold pressed, extra virgin neem oil.
Please note: Never apply essential oils directly to the skin, as they can (and probably will) cause skin irritation. Also, make sure that you're not allergic to the oil. Test this by applying a small amount of diluted oil to the skin, and waiting an hour to make sure no reaction occurs.
How Do I Get Rid of Mosquitoes Completely?
While natural repellents may be preferable over traditional bug spray, you probably don't want to have to apply any mosquito repellent just to go outside. Luckily, there's a way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard so that you never have to worry about putting on bug spray.
The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water in your yard. This may be tricky if you have lots of trees because water will often collect in trees. The solution for this is to trim trees as far away from your yard as you can.
Additional Sources of Standing Water
- Pool toys
- Clogged gutters
- Spare tires
- Potted plants
- Uneven yard
- Bird baths (unless you change the water frequently)
- Uncleaned pools
The reason mosquitoes are attracted to standing water is because it's how they breed. This explains why mosquitoes are so commonly found in muggy areas like lakes or marshes. By limiting standing water in your yard as much as possible, fewer mosquitoes will come to your yard.
Repel Mosquitoes With Professional Mosquito Control
We're not going to lie; it's pretty difficult to repel mosquitoes completely in a place like Port St. Lucie, FL. With all of the humidity, it's the perfect place for mosquitoes to settle down and multiply.
That's why we recommend professional mosquito control. With Native Pest Management's mosquito professionals, you won't have to worry about constantly applying repellent, whether it's regular bug spray or essential oils. You also won't have to fret every time it rains that your backyard will be under attack.
With Native Pest Management's monthly mosquito control, we use pet friendly misting combined with Insect Growth Regulators. Our services will directly reduce mosquito populations while repelling them by disrupting their breeding cycles.
After a month of treatment, you'll already notice the results. However, after several months of treatment, these results will become significant. You'll no longer be worried about anything to do with mosquito bites or mosquito repellent. In fact, you'll be able to enjoy dinner confidently in your backyard - even in the middle of summer!
We service the entire Port St. Lucie area, as well as Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Tallahassee, and their surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide exceptional customer service, using the highest quality, eco-friendly, and pet friendly mosquito control products.
If you're tired of mosquitoes ruining your mornings, evenings, and more, reach out to us today, and we'll be more than happy to help you. To receive a free quote, just give us a call!