Do you find yourself constantly worrying about your kids getting mosquitoes bites every time they are out playing on your backyard?
Well, you should be. Mosquitoes are responsible for almost 720,000 deaths every year with the biggest percentage being kids.
You can never go wrong with investing in a mosquito repellent for your yard. This can save you or your guests the discomfort that comes with mosquito bites.
In this article, I will take you through seven of the best mosquito repellants that will keep your family protected.
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Mosquitoes, especially the female kind are a hazard to our lives. If you happen to have a lot of bloom in your garden, it’s highly likely that mosquitoes will get a breeding ground as they also feed on nectar in addition to your blood.
What I liked about this spray is the ability to continue working even during the rainy season. On normal dry weather, its effectiveness lasts up to 8 weeks but during the rainy season, it lasts up to 4 weeks.
It comes in a 32-ounce bottle that can be used for an area of about 5,000 square feet. It is extremely simple to use, does not leave any residue or smell behind after application.
Backyard Bug Control spray from Cutter is a favorite for many as it gets rid of mosquitoes as well as other bugs. When the bottle is hooked to a hose, it easily sprays a radius of 5000 square feet, literally soaking an entire yard.
One application is enough to keep the bloodsuckers and bugs off for up to 12 weeks. However, you are recommended to reapply after 8- 10 weeks to control the mosquito population, especially during their peak season.
Given that the bug control spray kills other insects too bees included, ensure that you don’t spray the flowering plants during bloom.
If you are more into natural sprays, then this might not be ideal for you as it’s chemically synthesized. It is made from Lambda-cyhalothrin, a synthetic pyrethroid. These two chemical have strong repelling properties that keep mosquitoes at bay.
You will only need a small amount of the Cutter Backyard Spray to get rid of mosquitoes for at least several weeks depending on the weather. It also gets rids of bugs, deer ticks, flies, ants, Japanese beetles, worms among other pests found both below or above the ground.
You shouldn’t be worried about your pets and children when using Cutter Backyard Spray. It poses no risk as long as it is used correctly and is left to dry before letting them play in the treated area.
Third, on my list is the Spectracide Triazicide. This is an outdoor insect killer that repels and kills mosquitoes as well as 260 other annoying pests such as ticks, crickets, gnats, beetles, fleas, bugs, worms by contact.
Spectracide Triazicide insect spray is very effective; in just one thorough application the effects of the spray last for up to 8 weeks. Some people have reported that they have felt the effects 12 weeks after application. A single bottle covers an area of 2100 square feet.
Using this insect killer is pretty easy and straightforward. You just attaché your garden hose to the repellant bottle and spray targeting the affected area.
It may not be safe for pets and humans since it is chemically synthesized. It is made of a pyrethroid class insecticide- Gama-Cyhalothrin.
Spectracide Triazicide either comes in a 32-ounce bottle of dilutable concentrate formula or ready to spray formula. Both work the same way. After application, it does not leave any stain neither does it have any after-scent.
With the Spectracide Triazicide mosquito spray, you are guaranteed of a pest-free yard, lawn, vegetable garden, flowers, trees, grass and water baths.
Wondercide Natural Spray is a purely organic natural spray- no toxins and no chemical substances. Once the application has dried up, your children and pets are safe to use the treated area.
Being a natural spray, it has a very pleasant mild scent which you will love. Its main ingredients are the organic cedar oil, ethyl lactate, and water. All of which are natural.
Are you are wondering if there is an eco-friendly and biodegradable alternative to harmful chemical yard products? Well, Wondercide Ready-to-Spray is a naturally derived and safe product that kills and repels crawling, stinging and flying insects including mosquitoes, fleas, and crickets.
This means you don’t have to worry about the creepy insects cropping back later. Given the natural formula used, you can use this spray right before that barbeque party and your children can play on a freshly sprayed yard without worry. This spray treats around 8,000 square feet and comes with a ready-to-use nozzle.
Just like the rest, this non-toxic spray comes in a 32-ounce bottle that is able to cover an area of 5,000 square feet. Unless your yard is larger, you don’t need multiple bottles of Wondercide Natural Spray.
Wondercide Natural Spray get rids of mosquitoes, gnats, ants, ticks, fleas among other outdoor pests. It not only kills them but acts as a barrier by repelling other pests from coming into the treated area.
It comes with an easy-to-use packaging. You will only need to attach the garden hose to the bottle to start spraying on the desired area including on flowers, trees and under the shrubs. Wondercide Natural Spray does not leave any post-application residue.
My first review which is also my top pick goes to Ortho Bug B Gon. What makes it stand out is the long-lasting period of effectiveness- its effects last up to 6 months.
Another reason why Ortho Bug B Gon made it to the top of my review is that it kills as many as 235+ listed different species of outdoor pests among the mosquitoes, fleas, spiders, ants, and ticks. By using this product, your yard, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawn will remain pest-free.
It comes in a 32-ounce bottle which covers an area of up to 5,300 square feet. Unless your yard is larger, a single bottle is enough to keep mosquitoes away for 6 months.
The active ingredients found in this yard spray are Bifenthrin and zeta-cypermethrin (from the pyrethrin class). Both of these ingredients have highly effective insect-killing and repelling properties.
Ortho Bug B Gon kills mosquitoes almost instantly. And the best part is that it is safe to use around pets and children once it has dried up.
Additionally, Ortho Bug B Gon does not leave any post-application residue. However, it has a rather heavy scent which you might find repelling as well.
Summit 20-Pack Mosquito Dunk is specially formulated to kill mosquito larvae before they become old enough to start biting. It is used in any standing water.
A single dunk application of this organic larvicide killer lasts up to 30 days and covers a surface area of 100 square feet. These dunks are inexpensive and are great at reducing the mosquito population in your yard.
The dunk works by releasing a natural soil bacteria called the Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis (BTI ) which is only toxic to mosquitoes. The bacteria released stops thousand of adult mosquitoes from breeding in just a minute.
The only limiting factor with mosquito dunks is that it cannot kill adult mosquito and only works when in standing water.
Summit 20-Pack Mosquito Dunk is safe to use around plants, humans, and animals. Since it is naturally occurring bacteria, it is eco-friendly and can be used for gardening as well. The dunks have been approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
This dunks are light in weight and are able to effortlessly float in water as they slowly dissolve to release the mosquito-toxic bacteria. They are long-lasting therefore they do not require frequent replacement. They are easy to use as well, you just need to string them and place them in the water area.
Black Flag 190107 Electric Insect Fogger is ideal for an evening at your backyard or patio. It kills and repels mosquito and other biting pests.
Black Flag 190107 Electric Insect Fogger dispenses a 10 feet cone of odorless fog to cover an area of 5,000 square feet in just 10 minutes. As soon as the fog dissipates, which should be about 5 minutes later, the area is safe to be used for the next six hours. Both pets and humans are safe.
It is important to note that fogger solutions are not food-safe so when dispensing the fog, keep away from all food plants. Ensure that you preheat the fogger for at least 2 minutes before you start the application. This enables the insecticide to work efficiently.
The Black Flag 190107 Electric insect fogger repels and kills mosquitoes completely even in hard to reach places like under the shrubs or dense foliage areas where mosquitoes rest.
Finally, the Black Flag 190107 Electric is easy to use only if you follow the instructions keenly. Also, ensure that you only use 3 wires of either 10, 12, and 14 gauge extension cables.
TIKI’s fuel is easy to use and will only require a torch. You can either use TIKI’s branded torches or any other. You can even get creative and use a clear mason jar or something similar.
It doubles as a mosquito repellant and an outdoor lighting torch. It keeps away mosquito and all manner of bugs. To use, simply light the torch and place it where you intend to stay or the area affected.
The TIKI fuel solution is made up of a blend of cedar oils and citronella. Both of these have strong repelling properties that are good at keeping insects at bay.
The TIKI torch fuel burns with a relatively low smoke amount and soot. The smell is also fairly mild.
The fuels are sold in different forms and sizes starting from a 12-ounce canister to 1-gallon containers. I would, however, recommend you take the biggest size they have since it is more economical unless you intend to use it only once.
This repellant from OFF! happens to be among the best as it comes in 4 different varieties; wipes and aerosols to suit your preferences. With a 25% DEET active formula, OFF!
Deep Woods come in a mild scent that masks off the DEET chemical odor, that way you don’t need to use a gas mask when spraying. The aerosol application is quite straight forward and a little spray covers a wide area and provides protection for up to eight hours.
Keeping mosquitoes away requires a very strong mosquito repellant. You can choose one that repels, kills mosquitoes or stops their breeding altogether.
For your yard, target areas such as standing waters and deep thick vegetation as these are the perfect breeding conditions for mosquitoes. If you are looking for the best mosquito repellent for your yard, I am sure one out of the ones I have reviewed will be of great help to you. It is perfectly fine to use more than one.
Choosing the best mosquito repellant should be dependent on many factors, budget notwithstanding. In the end, effectiveness is all that matters. This will ensure that you are protected from the annoying bloodsuckers and other creepy insects.
So, whether you enjoy watching the sunset in your backyard, hosting a barbeque party or simply you have children who enjoy playing the outdoor games, you need to invest in the best mosquito repellant for your yard.
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