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How Do Essential Oils Repel Mosquitoes?

Everyone can agree that pesky insects can really ruin a great day outdoors. No one enjoys finding a tick on their child’s body, on their beloved dog, or scratching relentlessly at swollen bites. The season for outdoor play and recreation is quickly upon us, so let’s talk solutions to these irksome problems.

The use of certain oils work better than others, so our Greenerways Organic formula is made with citronella, lemongrass and cedar oil.

Citronella oil is popularly used as an insect repellent. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) classifies it as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action. Citronella oil can be found in dozens of registered pesticide products, such as sprays, lotions, and candles. It’s sometimes added to sunscreen and flea collars. Due to its antifungal properties, citronella oil is also used to help heal insect bites.

Lemongrass oil can kill bacteria externally, relieve muscle pain and body aches and is especially good for repelling fleas, flies, and mosquitoes. Additionally, it offers antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties that make it a great essential oil to keep on hand. Its citrusy scent is a lovely bonus, too!

Cedar oil essential oil has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, and astringent properties. According to the EPA, this essential oil can help to naturally repel moths and pests from your home while discouraging the growth of mildew! These impressive characteristics of cedar oil make it useful for such a wide range of common health concerns including skin problems, hair loss, infections, stress and much more.


Greenerways is proud to be all organic, non-toxic, and DEET-free. We are a family company, started by a Mom who was pregnant with her first child and concerned with all the harmful and toxic products on the market. She did extensive research and formulated her own unique formula which works, nourishes skin, and is never sticky or greasy. Try some of our products today.

Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Certain Colors?

Yes. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like blue and black and floral patterns. To play it safe, make sure to wear light colors like white and khaki. Not only will they help deter the mosquitoes but they will also help you feel cooler by reflecting sunlight.

Some studies have shown that you are more at risk to get bitten if you're within a group. From a distance, mosquitos are able to detect a cloud of carbon monoxide that would be exhaled from the people in the group. They won’t be going on the color of your clothes from far away. However, when they’re close by, mosquitoes fly a few inches above the ground and use their sight to spot prey. Dark colors are easier for them to see than light ones.

Another great tip for helping to get fewer bites is to wear looser clothing and long sleeves and pants as they can bite through to your skin when wearing tight clothing.  A better way to feel confident would be to spray your exposed skin and clothing with our organic, deet-free bug repellent.

How Can I Keep Mosquitoes Away?

We’ve compiled this handy-dandy bullet-pointed list:

  • Light candles or lanterns -  Lighting candles or lanterns that contain one or more essential oils known to repel mosquitoes, and hey, maybe someone will want to make out with you with all that romantic lighting
  • Set mosquito traps - However, it’s important to change the traps regularly
  • Eliminate standing water - Many (though not all) female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water
  • Clean up debris - Some types of mosquitoes lay their eggs in damp soil or debris, such as decaying logs and leaf piles, so be sure to clear them away
  • Plant mosquito-repelling plants - The potent fragrances and essential oils in some plants, such as lavender, rosemary, basil and marigolds naturally repel mosquitoes
  • Drink coffee - Sprinkled in areas with standing water that you just can’t get rid of, coffee grounds can prevent mosquito larvae from growing, and then after a cup or two, you’ll have the energy to clean your gutters, which leads us to...
  • Regularly clean gutters and drains - These buggers lay their eggs in the damp leaves that congregate there
  • Use mosquito control spray - Treating your yard is a tried-and-true method for reducing mosquito infestations. Use Greenerways Lawn and Garden Protector and Repellent, and also use our Organic Mosquito Free Zone to rid your yard for a week of those pesky critters
  • Put sand around the base of pot plants - this isn’t as inviting as the damp soil would be, but then you risk seeing them sunbathing in teeny tiny speedos
  • Pinon Wood - Burn this in your outdoor fire pit. It is highly aromatic and will keep mosquitoes away
  • Keep lawns, trees and gardens trimmed back - the more light you have, the less mosquitoes
  • Take your B vitamins - People are more likely to be bitten if they have a B deficiency
  • Put up bat houses - Bats love mosquitoes. Put these up throughout your yard, sit back and watch them gobble up the pesky creeps at dusk
  • Invest in a fly swatter - 😬