Dragonflies and bats are highly effective ways of controlling mosquitoes naturally, as you’ll read in other sections of this website. But because the spraying of pesticides kill those natural predators as well as mosquitoes, and because mosquitoes have a shorter reproductive cycle than their predators, following every spraying there are more mosquitoes than there were before, as a number of studies have shown. If you need to control mosquitoes, do not spray; instead, remove standing water (in which mosquitoes breed) and consider introducing dragonflies to the area.
Steve Tvedten was a former pesticides applicator who reversed his life when he saw what pesticides had done to his family. He lived in Michigan and advised the No Spray Coalition from afar. Steve put together a large book on how to deal with pests using least-toxic methods, and placed it free for public use, here:
The Best Control 2 is at http://www.thebestcontrol2.com
Alternatives to Pesticides to Repel Mosquitoes:
- Folk remedy proven for repelling mosquitoes — mash the berries & leaves of the American beautyberry plant, Callicarpa amerciana, repulse mosquitoes known to transmit yellow fever and malaria. One of the chemicals in the plant — callicarpenal — is an arthropod repellent.
- Cinnamon Oil better for repelling mosquitoes than DEET
- Catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively and way more safely than DEET
- Cedarwood oil repels insects effectively.
- Anti-bacterial/Anti-Malarial Plant: Spilanthes acmella & oleracea (chew the flower bud)
- From Patti Gentry:What I use as an insect repellent for my children is super-safe and very effective, utilizing my pure unadulterated Essential Oils of Geranium, Eucalyptus, Lemongrass, Cedarwood & Cypress, along with Distilled Water and a bit of my very safe hair conditioner. Works like a charm.