Mosquitoes are some of the most annoying creatures on the earth. Apart from spreading notorious diseases like West Nile and Malaria, these little monsters can deprive you of enjoyable times in your yard or on your patio.
Whether you are a gardener, a parent whose child likes to play in the yard, or someone who wants to host backyard get-togethers, mosquitos are often public enemy #1 when it comes to being outside in the summertime.
Luckily, science gave us mosquito repellants and sprays. If you live in mosquito-prone areas, they are well worth the investment.
Best Yard Mosquito Sprays and Repellents
Following are the best yard mosquito repellents and sprays that we have found on the market today. They range from highly natural mosquito solutions, to all-out backyard chemical warfare.
Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus is a proven mosquito repellent, indoors and out.
- Cutter Backyard Bug Control Spray – Here
Our top choice for most yards. Cutter makes a spray that we have had success with on lawns and landscaping. The Backyard bug control spray does a nice job with up to 5,000 square
feet, which is a nice swath of many urban yards. It control mosquitoes for up to 4 weeks, but we recommend reapplication after about 3 if you want to really control the mosquito population. It gets rid of other bugs too — not just mosquitoes. Works great on gnats and grubs. For that reason, we recommend not treating flowering plants during bloom, just in case it adversely impacts mosquitoes.
- EcoGuard Plus – Here
Ecoguard can be applied to active insect areas to manage current populations as well as prevent near-term future populations. It covers 1.5 acres, which is more than enough for most urban and suburban yards. Its advantage is that it is natural and biodegradable, making it a more natural choice than Cutter….. although just because something is natural doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care to keep it away from bee populations. Like the Cutter product, it should be reapplied every 3-4 weeks for best results.
- Terminix All Clear Mosquito Bait & Kill – Here
This is the perhaps most effective and cheap solution for repelling mosquitos in your yard. It consists of spray foliage with garlic oil which attracts the mosquitos then kills them in a day or two by making them sick. It reduces the population by 90% when sprayed in the yard. Unlike some of the others, it comes in a smaller aerosol-type canister so is suitable for smaller, more targeted application. It is non-toxic, something we appreciate.
- Repel Mosquito Lantern – Here
You are not going to get an entire yards-worth of coverage from Repel’s mosquito lantern, but you can get 64 square feet of protection. If you combine 3 or 4 of them in strategic spots, that is enough to cover a typical patio or deck. It is battery-operated and disperses a mist of repellent with a small fan. The repellent cartridge will last several weeks assuming it is not used constantly. Not meant to be run continuously, just when people are in the vicinity.
Excellent Repellents for Your Skin
We did a whole piece on mosquito repellents, but in a nutshell here are a couple of our favorites.
- Repel Lemon Eucalyptus – Here
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil is obtained from the leaves and twigs of lemon-scented eucalyptus plant. It has a sweet odor. In the old times, people use to burn the leaves and twigs of this plant to
keep away the mosquitoes and other insects. Lemon eucalyptus oil is considered a vital insect repellant. Repel Lemon Eucalyptus is DEET-free and repels mosquitoes for up to 6 hours. It contains all the essential components to keep those little monster away without causing damage to your skin.
- Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin Insect Lotion. Here. Picaridin is a synthetic compound prepared by a Bayer Germany in the 1980s. It was made to resemble a naturally occurring compound known as piperine. Picaridin is a widely used insect repellant. It is used to repel mosquitoes, ticks, and biting flies. Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin Insect Repellent is DEET-free, gear safe and repels mosquitos for as long as 8-hours.
- Natrapel 12 Hour – Here
The main ingredient in Natrapel 12-hour is picaridin. It gives a strong protection from the mosquitos for 12 hours. It doesn’t cause any irritation on the skin. Natrapel 12 hour is a DEET-free mosquito repellent which makes it safe to use. Unlike some of the other things mentioned here, this one is suitable for application directly on the skin.
Other Solutions for Yard Mosquito Elimination
If you want to keep your yard free from mosquitos, these are the best repellent-tools in every price range that can help you.
- Alethrin Lamps
These lamps offer the cheapest solution to get rid of mosquitos and sand flies. Allethrin lamps use a flame to activate the chemical repellent which is Allethrin. It covers an area of 15 feet.
- Mosquito Misting Systems
These systems spray a mist of insecticides to kill the mosquitos, flies and other insects in your outdoor spaces. Most systems are either drum-based or tankless and can be controlled by
remote control or set on a timing schedule. The main compound present in these systems is Pyrethrin. It is less toxic to the humans as compared to the other compounds available in the market. When the system is turned on, the machine sprays a fresh batch of a misting formula. It is very effective but a bit expensive. It costs around $700 – $1000. It takes professional help to install this system. See more here.
- Portable Mosquito Traps
Mostly, these traps utilize the mosquitos sensing abilities to trick them by using special chemicals which mimic the smells associated with people. They are less expensive than the misting systems, and a single unit covers an acre. These traps take at least 10 days to show you the significant results. Different brands use different methods of attracting the mosquitos. The Mega-Catch is one of the most reliable portable mosquito trap manufacturers. They rely on lighting systems, infrared heat and carbon dioxides to attract mosquitos. Portable Mosquito traps are safe and utilize very less electricity. See more here.
- Traditional Methods
Following are the traditional methods use to keep away the mosquitoes:
• Mosquito Netting is used all over the world for mosquito protection and can be used as a decorative outdoor curtain.
• Citronella Candles use oil of citronella as a main ingredient which is known for repelling mosquitos and bees. According to a study published in the National Institute of Health Library, they reduce the mosquitos by 50%. The greatest benefit of using citronella candles is that they are safe and non-toxic to humans as well as your pet animals.
Fighting the good fight against mosquitoes doesn’t just involve repellents and sprays. Take the whole yard approach to controlling mosquitoes. We did an entire piece on it, here.
If the mosquitoes are not content outside and are actually making their way into your home, act. You do not want disease-carrying insects biting you while you sleep. Check out our popular piece on getting rid of mosquitoes inside your house.
Finally, what if you want to go the route of applying mosquito repellent to exposed skin or clothing? Your choices are endless, but we did a roundup, here.