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Mosquito Control (John Dromgoole)

Backyard Basics John on Mosquito Control

by John Dromgoole

Mosquito Bits and Mosquito Dunks: contain Bti (Bacillus thuringienis israelensis). Use where water collects or in stagnant pools/ponds.

For overall backyard coverage:

  • Dr. Ts Mosquito Repelling Granules (active ingredients: lemon grass, mint and garlic oil)
  • Amazon Lights Garden Incense Sticks (with andiroba, citronella, and rosemary)
  • Mosquito Barrier (garlic spray)

Pheromone Trap:

  • Oak Stump Mosquito Flying Insect Trap

Skin repellents:

  • Bug Off oil
  • Ecozone Outdoor Skin Protection
  • Herbal Shooo
  • Ecozone Skeeter Schoo
  • Towelette Liquid Net
  • Bite Blocker
  • Boanicus autralis lemon tea tree
  • Trinity Essentials Camphor Oil
  • Essential oils: lavender, lemongrass, camphor, lemon balm, tea tree, peppermint, eucalyptus, clove, citronella, scented geranium, yarrow, catmint

To make your own mosquito repellent:

  • Essential oil (you can mix a few of your favorites)
  • 190 proof grain alcohol, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, or vodka

In a spray bottle, mix at a 10:1 ratio of alcohol to essential oil. Be sure to shake well before using. Always test on a small patch of your arm and hand since some people are skin-sensitive to certain essential oils.

Article Type: How To