Mosquitoes are among the most irritating and annoying pests and can be difficult to keep away from. One of the most popular methods of repelling mosquitoes is using lavender body lotion. But is it true? Does lavender lotion repel mosquitoes? If you want to avoid bug bites with a non-toxic compound, lavender might be an excellent choice.
Does Lavender Lotion Repel Mosquitoes?
Lavender lotion can be an effective way to repel those pesky pests, but there are some caveats to consider. The effectiveness of lavender lotion will depend on the type of lotion, the concentration of lavender oil, and other factors.
Types of Lavender Lotion
When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, not all lavender lotions are created equal. Some lotions are specifically designed to repel mosquitoes, while other types of lavender lotion may not be as effective. If you’re looking for a lotion that will repel mosquitoes, it’s best to look for one that is specifically designed for this purpose.
Concentration of Lavender Oil
The effectiveness of lavender lotion as a mosquito repellent will also depend on the concentration of lavender oil in the lotion. Generally, the higher the concentration of lavender oil, the more effective the lotion will be in repelling mosquitoes. Some lavender lotion has artificial fragrances rather than lavender essential oil. Artificial lavender fragrance won’t be an effective insect repellent.
Other Factors to Consider
In addition to the type of lotion and the concentration of lavender oil, there are other factors that can affect the effectiveness of lavender lotion as a mosquito repellent. For example, the lotion may not be effective if it is not applied correctly or if it is not reapplied often enough. Lavender lotion could give you several hours of protection but may need to be reapplied sooner if you’re sweating or swimming.
When it comes to mosquito repellents, the lavender lotion is not as effective as some of the other options on the market. For example, if you’re looking for an even more effective repellent, and aren’t set on natural repellents, consider active ingredient DEET-based mosquito chemical repellents.
Tips for Repelling Mosquitoes
If you’re looking for a way to repel mosquitoes, lavender lotion can be an effective option. Remember to keep these things in mind to make sure that it is as effective as possible.
- Look for a lotion specifically designed for repelling mosquitoes.
- Make sure that the lotion contains a high concentration of lavender oil.
- Apply the lotion correctly and reapply it often.
If you aren’t a fan of lavender, try lotions containing different essential oils. Some of the best essential oils for repelling insects are tea tree oil, peppermint oil, cinnamon oil, lemon eucalyptus oil, thyme oil, or citronella oil. You can also use any of these oils to make a spray with water or combine them with a carrier oil like almond oil, coconut oil, or avocado oil and apply them directly to the skin. Repellent oils have a strong smell that is off-putting to mosquitoes.
Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard
If mosquito repellents aren’t enough to keep you comfortable and free of mosquito bites in your outdoor spaces, there are other options for keeping your outdoor spaces mosquito free. If you’re looking for different ways to control larvae and adult mosquitoes, try some of the following.
Mosquito Repellent Plants
Just like the scent of lavender plants repels mosquitoes, other plants and their natural scents and oils strategically planted around your outdoor spaces will help keep those areas mosquito free. Read our blog post, The Best Plants for Pest Control, for more information.
Mosquito Barrier Treatments
BuzzOFF barrier treatments are manual treatments administered by our mosquito control technicians every 2-4 weeks. These treatments help you enjoy your outdoor activities around your home because they are an effective way to get rid of all the common biting insects homeowners struggle to control in SWFL. Learn more about mosquito barrier treatments.
Mosquito Misting Systems
The BuzzOFF mosquito misting system can be a great way to keep your home and yard free of irritating mosquito bites. The system is designed to spray a mist of insecticide around the perimeter of your home and is customized specifically for your space. The mist is designed to be targeted and effective, killing mosquito larvae and adults alike, along with other biting insects. The systems are installed and programmed to operate automatically, so you can enjoy the comfort of your home without having to worry about manually spraying insecticide. Learn more about mosquito misting systems.
No matter which approaches you take to mosquito control, yard maintenance is the best way to ensure that all the other steps you take will be effective. Read our blog post, How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard.
Best Practices for Mosquito Control
The most effective way to repel these pesky insects is to use a combination of approaches. A combination of DIY and professional approaches will give you the best results. Contact BuzzOFF of SWFL to get started with a customized system for controlling the mosquito population around your home.