However, that still takes a serious amount of time, money, and attention. You’ll want to know the basics of just about every DIY option before making an investment. We’ll discuss 5 types of DIY repellent options:
However, they are plants that need taking care of. This often requires a lot of:
Otherwise, any plant you bring in might make a rapid departure to that holy compost pile in the sky.
You can use each essential oil in a mix of water for easy spraying. Simply dabbing drops on your wrists or around your home may also work as well.
Plants and essential oils make another appearance here in these homemade options. Many homemade remedies today involve mixing essential oils into water or another medium:
However, these solutions may fail to work in the long-term. If they do, it will be difficult to diagnose why.
It might be your solution mix. It might be the oils used. It might be the mosquitoes around you.
With homemade remedies, it is hard to be certain of anything.
With traps, we want to leverage our new knowledge to attract the bugs and kill them in swarms.
This attracts the mosquitoes as they search for a person or pet to bite. The next step is to construct the bottle in such a way that it keeps mosquitoes in when they enter.
By cutting the bottle in half and inverting the top to act as a funnel, you create that environment.
It’s important to take into account that while this lure may attract mosquitoes to your property, there are no guarantees they’ll actually fall into the trap!
You could end up with more mosquitoes than you started.
Take a cup and glue a dark sock to the bottom before pulling it over the rim. With a bit of construction, you put a metal mesh in the cup and fill the cup with water.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs near the water on the sock, which fall past the mesh. By the time the larvae grow up, they’re too big for the mesh and never get out to bug you!
However, once again, this is not an ideal solution as there may also be standing water in other areas of your property.
While some females may lay their eggs in your trap, others may just as easily lay eggs in any other tiny puddle around your yard or home.
One button pressed on your phone and these apps claim to emit low frequency or ultrasonic sounds that bug the bugs.
While we cannot hear them, mosquitoes apparently hate the noise and avoid it.
If you have the time, money, and energy to do all that, it may be for you.
However, if you’re looking to save time, in the next chapter we’ll introduce you to store-bought solutions and professional remedies
that make the job easier and get better results.