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The Natural Way: How to Keep Mosquitoes Away without Chemicals

The Natural Way: How to Keep Mosquitoes Away without Chemicals

, by Aussie Pharma Direct, 6 min reading time

We've all been there – a beautiful summer evening spent outdoors, only to be relentlessly pursued by pesky mosquitoes. The solution for many of us is to reach for the bug spray, but have you ever wondered about the drawbacks of those chemical-laden concoctions? 

In this blog, we'll explore the downsides of conventional bug sprays, delve into the importance of avoiding harsh chemicals, and introduce you to natural methods that can help you keep mosquitoes at bay without the need for chemicals.

The drawbacks of conventional mosquito sprays

Chemical exposure:

Conventional bug sprays often contain synthetic chemicals like DEET (N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), picaridin, or permethrin. While these chemicals are effective at repelling mosquitoes and other insects, they can raise concerns about potential health risks when used in high concentrations or overextended periods.

The concern with DEET lies in its ability to penetrate the skin and potentially enter the bloodstream. This can be particularly worrisome for children, pregnant individuals, and those with sensitive skin. Some studies have linked DEET exposure to skin rashes, blisters, and even rare cases of severe allergic reactions.

Potential skin irritation:

Many conventional bug sprays or mosquito repellent spray contain a high concentration of chemical repellents. When applied to the skin, they can leave a sticky or greasy residue, which can be uncomfortable, especially in hot and humid weather. This discomfort often prompts users to wash off the repellent prematurely, reducing its effectiveness.

For individuals with sensitive or allergy-prone skin, the risk of irritation is even higher. Skin reactions, such as redness, itching, or a burning sensation, can occur after using these products.

Trend towards natural methods

In recent years, the search for alternatives to conventional mosquito sprays has gained significant momentum. The shift towards natural mosquito repellents and control methods is a response to the increasing concern about the potential health risks as well as the environmental effects associated with conventional bug sprays. Here's how you can reclaim your outdoor spaces with ease and safety in mind.

Citronella candles

There are many things that mosquitoes hate - and one of them is citronella. Citronella oil, derived from lemongrass, is a fantastic natural mosquito repellent. Citronella emits a powerful and distinctive aroma that can easily overwhelm a mosquito's sensitive olfactory system. Mosquitoes rely heavily on their sense of smell to locate potential hosts for blood-feeding. When they encounter the intense scent of citronella, it can mask the scents emitted by humans and animals, making it difficult for mosquitoes to detect and locate their targets.

One effective way to harness the power of citronella to repel mosquitoes is by using products like Good Riddance's Insect Repellent Candle. Lighting citronella candles in your outdoor space not only creates an enchanting atmosphere but also establishes a mosquito-free zone. Simply place them strategically around your patio, garden or even indoor spaces such as your living room.

Essential oils

Essential oils are another versatile and aromatic way to repel mosquitoes naturally. Varieties like Good Riddance’s citronella essential oil, and others such as lemon eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree or even thyme oil are known for their mosquito-deterring properties, and you can actually make your own outdoor mosquito spray using these! Simply mix a few drops of your chosen essential oil with water and spray it around your living area such as the door, window frames or any entry points. 

What’s more, you can also apply it to your skin as a mosquito spray for your body. Just ensure that you dilute the essential oils together with carrier oils like coconut or jojoba oil before applying the blend to your skin as body oil. Not only will you smell fantastic, but you'll also enjoy effective protection against mosquitoes.

Mosquito-repellent plants

Mosquito-repellent plants are a fantastic addition to any garden or outdoor space, not only for their beauty but also for their natural ability to deter mosquitoes and other flying insects. Varieties like citronella, marigolds, rosemary, and basil release natural scents that mosquitoes find incredibly unpleasant, thus, creating a natural barrier that discourages mosquitoes from entering the vicinity.

But it’s not just about the scents! Some mosquito-repellent plants have characteristics that deter mosquitoes visually or physically. Marigolds, with their vibrant orange and yellow blooms, can confuse mosquitoes and deter them from landing. Additionally, plants with thick foliage or strong stems can create physical barriers that make it difficult for mosquitoes to access the areas they protect.

Natural insect repellents

Just like its conventional counterparts, these natural insect repellents come in various forms such as lotions and sprays. The only difference, and one of the primary appeals of these natural repellents is that they are chemical-free and rely on plant-based ingredients to deter insects.

If you take a closer look at the list of ingredients for this type of product, they mainly use essential oils and botanical extracts that have natural insect-repelling properties. But it doesn’t just stop there - oftentimes, natural repellents are often enriched with other ingredients that nourish and soothes the skin, making it even more suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Natural clothing

Don't underestimate the power of your attire in mosquito defence. Opt for long-sleeved shirts and pants made from lightweight, breathable fabrics. Light-coloured clothing not only shields your skin but also keeps you cool in hot weather. For added protection, you can even treat your clothing with a solution of essential oils mentioned earlier.


No, we don’t mean fans that scream your name at a concert venue. Believe it or not, a simple electric fan can be a game-changer in mosquito control. Mosquitoes are not strong flyers, and they struggle to navigate against even a gentle breeze. Placing fans strategically in your outdoor space creates a steady airflow that keeps mosquitoes away from you and your guests. It's an effortless and effective way to enjoy a mosquito-free atmosphere during your gatherings.

Consider your options

Killing mosquitoes doesn’t have to be at the expense of your own health. While it may be true that DEET-based mosquito sprays are widely recognised for their effectiveness, it's essential to remember that there are other options out there that are equally effective in keeping mosquitoes from ruining your day. Natural insect repellents made from skin-friendly ingredients, mosquito-repellent plants that add beauty to your garden, and DIY solutions with essential oils are all viable alternatives.

So, the next time you plan an outdoor adventure or simply want to enjoy your backyard in peace, consider exploring these alternatives. With the right natural repellents, you can keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay without compromising your well-being

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