What Smells Do Mosquitoes In Yakima County Hate?

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While mosquitoes may seem like a tiny, inconsequential pest, they are, in fact, one of the deadliest animals in the entire world due to the diseases they transmit. Measuring well under an inch in size, mosquitoes often feed off diseased animals and pass along diseases and viruses to humans such as West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika virus, making them far more than a summer nuisance.

Did you know that mosquitoes spend most of their time outside during dusk and dawn? And that it's the females who are feeding off of you? It's true! Female mosquitoes require your blood to mate and lay their eggs. And they love a good spot full of stale water to lay their eggs in, so Yakima County homeowners should be on the lookout for any areas where water may be pooling on their property (such as birdbaths, grill covers, or pool covers).

Why People Prefer Essential Oils

Many homeowners prefer to use essential oils over commercial mosquito repellents because they are:

  • Plant-based
  • Considered safe for humans
  • Less aggressive

That said, there is some debate over the level of effectiveness of essential oils at actually keeping mosquitoes off of your property long-term. There is also debate over which scents they detest more than others as well. It is also worth noting that while ingredients such as DEET are also natural and effective, they can sometimes create rashes, irritations, and allergic reactions, regardless of whether or not your skin is sensitive. That said, for some, it is a better idea to use other natural mosquito repellents that are less irritating. 

What Scents Repel Mosquitoes

There is an array of exciting scents that repel mosquitoes. Yakima County residents will delight in this option. While mosquitoes may find a smell repulsive, they can be very enticing to humans. Before using essential oils for insect repellent, be sure to research them thoroughly. Before putting them on the skin, you should always add a spreading agent such as beeswax, coconut oil, water, or MCT oil. That said, some of them are better off being used in a diffuser but will still prove effective in their repellent nature. A few of the scents that are known to deter mosquitoes are:

  • Citronella. This is considered one of the best essential oils for repelling mosquitoes and other pests. It is derived from the citronella plant and is commonly found in outdoor candles, lotions, and bug repellent sprays. 
  • Lavender. Who doesn't love lavender? This plant is not only effective at deterring mosquitoes, but it also maintains healing properties if you've already been bitten. Mosquitoes hate this scent so that it may prevent further bites.
  • Lemon eucalyptus. This essential oil contains significant amounts of citronella. It is extracted from lemon eucalyptus plants, which gives off a pleasant smell. The Center For Disease Control has deemed lemon eucalyptus effective for preventing mosquito bites.
  • Tee tree. This essential oil is a double hitter. Not only will it repel mosquitoes, but it is also a fantastic antiseptic with antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is also helpful to use after being bitten for immediate relief.
  • Peppermint. Experts suggest diffusing this essential oil rather than applying it to the skin directly. The consensus is that peppermint is a generally pleasing scent. It can also provide relief and ease from itching of mosquito bites.

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