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What Smells Do San Tan Valley Mosquitoes Hate?

May 28, 2021 - Mosquitoes

Did you know that certain scents can keep mosquitoes away? If you’ve ever taken a whiff of mosquito repellent spray, you’ve noticed the strong smell. There are a number of natural odors that work to ward off these bloodsucking bugs, and you can use them to protect yourself from being bitten. But what smells do San Tan Valley mosquitoes hate? Let’s find out.

About Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are winged insects that feed on blood. Most are ½ inch or less in length and have a dark brown or black color. They are known far and wide as one of the most annoying pests, constantly invading personal space and leaving itchy welts as a result of their bites. But while mosquitoes are certainly a nuisance, they are also considered the most deadly animal on the planet.

It’s estimated that one million people die from mosquito-borne illnesses every year. These diseases include EEE, Zika virus, malaria, and more. While most mosquito bites result in some minor swelling and itching, it’s always possible that these parasitic bugs could be carrying deadly pathogens.

Do Essential Oils Work Against Mosquitoes?

Store-bought mosquito repellants can be effective, but harsh chemicals like DEET can be harmful, and many Americans are seeking out other options. In recent years, essential oils have become popular remedies for a number of ailments. But beyond treating indigestion and inflammation, certain essential oils are seemingly effective at repelling mosquitoes.

The main advantage of using essential oils against mosquitoes is that they are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. While there is some debate on the overall efficacy of plant-based essential oils as an insect repellant, certain scents do appear to discourage mosquitoes.

What Scents Repel Mosquitoes?

There are several common essential oils that work wonders at repelling mosquitoes. These smells are hated by mosquitoes and will help keep you and your family safe from bites when enjoying time outdoors:

  • Citronella: A common ingredient in many store-bought repellants, citronella oil is hated by mosquitoes and can even be used to help heal mosquito bites.
  • Peppermint: While human beings find the scent of mint refreshing, many insects like ants and spiders can’t stand it. Mosquitoes are no exception.
  • Lavender: One of the most widely used essential oils, lavender oil is an effective repellant and ointment for mosquito bites. Lavender oil is also considered the safest for children. 
  • Lemon Eucalyptus: A bright lemon scent makes this oil a joy to use, but it’s also been studied by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as a potent natural mosquito repellant. 

If you’re looking for an alternative to toxic store-bought mosquito repellants, there are a few things you should know before stocking up on essential oils. These oils are powerful and often need to be diluted for safe use. Essential oils can be mixed with a “carrier oil” like olive or sunflower oil in order to dilute them, or they can simply be mixed with water. A dark-colored glass container is ideal for keeping and applying essential oils as plastic can degrade. You can also add a few drops to an oil diffuser to repel mosquitoes in a small area. Make sure to do your research before using essential oils in order to use them properly, particularly if you have children or pets in your home. 

Essential oils can be a great, eco-friendly way to repel mosquitoes. But if you want to eliminate the mosquitoes on your property, you need support from Ozone Pest Control. When you choose our mosquito control services, we’ll treat your property for harmful mosquitoes with effective treatments. We’ll even work to identify and drain areas of standing water on your property where mosquitoes breed. So, if you’re ready to get rid of your mosquito problems, get in touch with us today.