Kill Mosquitoes Without Harmful Chemicals
Clean Up Standing Water
Eliminate standing, stagnate water. You’ve heard this bit of advice before, but there could be areas you’ve missed. Look for standing water in your gutters, gardens, bird baths, and planters. Empty if possible. Discard things like planter trays because they collect water. Be sure to check your gutters because if they aren’t clean, you can also find mosquito breeding grounds there too.
For standing water that you cannot eliminate, use Bti product such as Bactimos Briquettes or Mosquito Dunks. You can find these products at your natural gardening store.
What is Bti?
Bti is a bacteria that specifically targets mosquitoes and black flies in their larval stage, but causes no collateral damage. The mosquito larva eat the Bti and die within minutes after ingestion.
What you’ll love about Bti is that it kills the larvae AND repels the adults from laying eggs. The EPA has categorized the risk to non-target organisms as minimal to non-existent.
What to do if Bti is not available? Try sprinkling instant coffee crystals in the standing water.
Scatter Dry Granulated Garlic
Scatter dry granulated garlic in problem areas. Some of the worst areas are around trash cans and in the tall grass borders that are always moist. Broadcast at 2 lbs per 1000 sq. ft. in beds, turf, pots and plants.
Dry granulated garlic can repel mosquitoes for up to four weeks. Buy the dry granulated garlic from your grocery store (in the extra-large size) and start shaking.
Spray With Garlic Spray
Spray adult mosquitoes with garlic spray or garlic-pepper tea. Using garlic sprays can repel mosquitoes up to 14 days. See recipe below for how to make garlic-pepper tea. You can buy garlic spray at your gardening store. After spraying, your place will have a strong garlic odor, but it quickly fades and is well worth it.
Use Natural Herbs as Repellents
Use mosquito repellents that contain natural herbs such as aloe vera, citronella, vanilla, eucalyptus, tea tree oil and citrus oil. These really do work well and are available at your natural grocery store.
You can also mix your own. Try Vanilla dabbed on the skin or clothing. Or, Vanilla Mix which is 8 oz. water, 2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. orange oil. Spray on skin and clothing liberally.
Garlic Pepper Tea Recipe:
To make garlic/pepper tea, liquefy 2 bulbs of garlic and 2 hot peppers in a blender 1/2 to 2/3 full of water. Strain the solids and add enough water to the garlic/pepper juice to make 1 gallon of concentrate. Use 1/4 cup of concentrate per gallon of spray.To make garlic tea, simply omit the pepper and add another bulb of garlic. Add two tablespoons of molasses for more control.
Be very careful with the pepper solids and concentrate because it might irritate your eyes and skin.
Bug research leads to mosquito traps
Entomologists and mosquito control experts need specimens to examine, and that means they have to trap them.
For many years, they did it with the New Jersey Light Trap. Like its name implies, it is a simple device that uses a plain 25-watt bulb to draw mosquitoes toward a cylinder with a hidden fan that sucks the mosquitoes into a catch area.
But as scientists learned more about attractants, they began to incorporate them into the standard light traps. For example, knowing that carbon dioxide lures mosquitoes, they started adding dry ice, which releases the gas, increasing the numbers of mosquitoes lured in for the catch.
Studies showed that mosquito traps that used CO2 could catch 10-15 times more mosquitoes in a night than a New Jersey Light Trap.
In the late ’90s, private companies got into the research, experimenting with human skin odors and ultraviolet light waves, and soon, there were newer, more efficient commercial mosquito traps on the market for home use.
All mosquito traps use some variation of the same four basic attractants to draw the insects: CO2, octenol, light, and heat. The differences lie in the designs of the attractants and the ways they are employed.
If you want to reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property, you need something besides repellants. If you don’t want to use insecticides, there is another solution: mosquito traps. Mosquito Magnet® mosquito traps work by attracting and then killing mosquitos. When it’s time for a female mosquito to feed (only female mosquitoes bite), mosquitoes find a host in three ways:
- By sight.Mosquitoes are sometimes drawn to movement.
- By heat.Animals and humans emit body heat (also known as infra-red radiation) and mosquitoes can detect this.
- By chemistry.Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and other chemicals we emit (including lactic acid). In other words, mosquitoes don’t fly up to you because you’re human. It’s nothing personal: It’s because you’re sending out the right signals, indicating you’re a creature with blood. Mosquito traps capitalize on this idea
How to Use Baking Soda to Trap Mosquitoes
Duck, cover and run: These evasive maneuvers are usually performed by someone trying to escape a bee or mosquito. Not only are the latter irritating, but in some areas, they pose a real health threat because they carry diseases. Mosquito repellents usually work to mask your scent. This is because mosquitoes smell their food — they can smell carbon dioxide from more than 150 feet away, according to WebMD. Instead of masking your scent, lure mosquitoes away by making your own carbon dioxide trap with vinegar and baking soda.
- Wash out an empty 2-liter soda bottle. Let it dry.
- Cut the bottle in half. Set aside the top of the bottle.
- Put 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bottom of the bottle.
- Invert the top of the bottle so that it looks like a funnel. Place this over the bottom of the bottle. Secure it with tape.
- Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottle. When it hits the baking soda, it will bubble and release carbon dioxide. This will attract mosquitoes, which will enter the funnel and get trapped in the bottom section of the bottle.
Citrus plants, as well as their crushed leaves and extracts made from them, naturally repel mosquitoes. Oranges, lemons, lavender, basil and catnip naturally produce oils that repel mosquitoes and are generally pleasant to the nose – unless you’re of the feline persuasion. The odor that mosquitoes most hate though is one you might not have heard of: Lantana. Their bitter citrusy smell is one that mosquitoes tend to avoid unless they’re really hungry. And they only cost a few dollars per home.
BEER: Unfortunately, we aren’t about to tell you that drinking alcoholic spirits will repel mosquitoes. In fact, it’s the opposite. There’s something about the chemical reaction when the body processes alcohol, especially beer, that exudes a sweet smell in your sweat that attracts the hungry insects.