Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. Don’t let the pesky mosquitoes that call your backyard home wreck your barbecue. With a simple homemade spray, you can keep mosquitoes at bay for up to two months – no pricey exterminator or dangerous chemicals required.
These days, over 3,000 species of mosquitoes abound worldwide, and the U.S. alone is home to over 175 species. Aside from being a nuisance, mosquitoes can carry and transmit nasty diseases. We’ve all heard of West Nile and Zika. As if these two viruses weren’t serious enough, mosquitoes can also spread malaria, yellow fever, dengue, various types of encephalitis, and heartworm in dogs.
You don’t have to let these pests take a bite out of your summer. Try whipping up a simple spray that calls for only a few household items. The simple mixture below was made famous by radio broadcaster Paul Harvey and has been helping folks keep their yards mosquito-free for years.
Homemade Mosquito Spray:
1 large bottle of blue mouthwash (store brand is fine)
3 stale 12-ounce beers (any kind)
3 cups Epsom salts
Mix all three ingredients in a spray bottle and stir until the salts are completely dissolved.
Then, start spraying.
Cover the areas you spend the most time in, like your patio deck, swimming pool deck, or around your garden. You can spray liberally and without worry. The mixture is natural, and safe for you, your plants, and your pets. Keep stirring frequently as you spray to make sure the salts remain dissolved.
For best results, after about two months, make a new mixture and repeat.
In addition to using this easy recipe, try eliminating mosquitoes where they breed. The pests love standing water; even in the smallest stagnant pools, mosquitoes can lay eggs that hatch within 48 hours. Get rid of any items you have around the yard where water collects and sits.
With this easy mixture, your summer will be a cool breeze. So pop a few beers and let them get stale, and get to mixing and spraying. You can even have one while you work. It is summer, after all.