Organic Mosquito Yard Spray
Make Your Own Organic Mosquito Yard Spray
Aside from the annoying redness and itching caused by mosquito bites, in most cases, mosquito bites are harmless. Still, it is no fun being bit by mosquitoes. Try this organic yard spray that is safe for humans and yards.
A gardening friend, understanding my desire to use safe organic products, recently shared this wonderful mosquito repellent with me. The following organic mosquito repellent can be sprayed throughout the yard to repel mosquitoes. Just one spraying lasts for about two-and-a-half months before needing to be sprayed again.
I tried it! It works!
- Two 24-ounce spray bottles (Or, one bottle that holds 36 ounces)
- Large bowl
- 16-oz bottle of mint-flavored mouthwash (I used PerioBrite)
- 3 cups epsom salt (I used lavender and eucalyptus scented)
- 3 stale 12 oz. beers (I used Budweiser)
- Place all the ingredients together in the large bowl and then mix with the spoon until the epsom salt is dissolved.
- Use the funnel to pour the solution into the spray bottles.
- Spray all around the yard, especially anywhere you plan to be outside.
Note: I found that it is easier to handle the smaller 24 ounce bottle of solution instead of handling the large (heavier) bottle.
This solution will not harm your yard, in fact some gardeners say the Epsom salt helps the grass grow greener. But, I would not spray it directly on flowering plants. Instinct tells me it might be too harsh for the flowers. Mosquitoes will stay away for about two-and-a-half months. That’s almost a whole summer!
Spray Bottles: You can find spray bottles at stores like Walmart, however, the easiest place to find spray bottles in just about any size is Amazon. They offer inexpensive and fast delivery.
Mouthwash: Look for a mouthwash that boasts its organic qualities. Make sure it is mint-flavored because mosquitoes do not like the scent of mint. I shopped online and was able to find an organic mouthwash through a health related store.
Epsom Salt: Any Epsom salt will work fine. I just happen to have Epsom salt with lavender and eucalyptus and just used that.
Beer: Do not spend a lot of money on beer because any beer will work fine. I have seen cheap off-brand beer at the Dollar General for as low as 75 cents per can.
The Zika Virus Mosquito
The Adverse Effects of Mosquito Bites
A report issued by The World Health Organization (WHO) provides compelling information about the dangers of mosquito bites, indicating that mosquito bites account for several million deaths every year.
Two prominent health concerns are malaria and the Zika virus.
Aside from the Zika virus, The World Health Organization states that about 3.2 billion people are at risk of contracting malaria, a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through mosquito bites of infected mosquitoes.
Signs and Symptoms of the Zika Virus
For signs, symptoms, and treatment of the Zika Virus, read the fact sheet published by the World Health Organization
As of July 20, 2016, the World Health Organization reported that 65 countries and territories have reported evidence of Zika virus transmissions since 2007, and some of them have been reported in my local area in northern California.
The Zika virus is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitos. Common symptoms are mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, headache, and possible death. Some notable complications are microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome and other neurological complications.
Mosquito Bite Allergies
Many authorities, including the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) suggest that the most effective solution to ward off mosquitos is to use mosquito repellent products that contain DEET. Personally, I prefer to shy away from using products that contain chemicals of which I am not familiar. However, I am realistic. I don’t like being bit by mosquitoes; at the same time, I don’t like taking chances with my health and well-being. The chance of being bit by a mosquito and contracting a harmful disease outweighs any apprehension I have against using products containing DEET. I am smart and I concede to using products that contain DEET if they are the only solutions at my disposal. It is better to be safe than sorry. And then again, the use of DEET is recommended by authorities who know more than me about how to repel mosquitoes.
Repelling Mosquitoes in the Yard
Gardening is my favorite pastime. I enjoy spending time in the yard. However, nothing ruins that enjoyment more than being bit by a mosquito.
My friend can’t remember where she found the organic mosquito yard spray solution that she has been using successfully for years, but I am happy she shared it with me. And I am happy to share this organic mosquito repellent with you.
Try this organic solution for repelling mosquitoes. I hope it works for you as well as it works for me.
Are Bees Harmed by Beer, Mouthwash and Epsom Salt?
After reading a number of gardening guides, scientific journals, and visiting various forums related to bee care, I discovered that the organic mosquito repellent presented in this article, for the most part, is harmless to bees. Please note: Bees can get drunk from consuming too much alcohol. While the repellent recipe here contains beer, it also contains mouthwash and bees do not like mouthwash, so if you spray this solution in your yard, it is likely the bees will simply stay away from the areas that are sprayed with the solution. Regarding Epsom salt, scientists have discovered that Epsom salt is safe for bees.
Welcome to My Mosquito Free Garden
Resources: Effects of Organic Mosquito Repellent on Bees:
Kusby, Ariel. “A Home Gardener’s Guide to Safe, Bee-Friendly Pesticides. Garden Collage. November 28, 2016. https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2012/05/07/natural-pest-prevention/
Graedon, Terry. “Natural Pest Prevention.” The People’s Pharmacy. May 7, 2012. https://gardencollage.com/wander/gardens-parks/home-gardeners-guide-safe-bee-friendly-pesticides/
Pjeczka, Krisztina. “Beer Hops Beneficial to Honey Bees.” Yale Environment Review. March 2018. https://environment-review.yale.edu/beer-hops-beneficial-honey-bees-0
Young, Emma. “Boozing Bees.” Daily News. September 26, 2000. https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn22-boozing-bees/
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