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iVillage: 10 Ways to Keep Mosquitos Out of Your Yard

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Use Natural Products

Many parents are choosing natural and organic products, especially because they don’t want to expose their kids or pets to pesticides. Luckily, there are many products on the market that offer safer alternatives to DEET-based repellents. There’s BugBand, which is made with Geraniol, a plant-based ingredient that has been effective at repelling mosquitos in field studies. You can get it as a spray, towelette, or a wristband. The wristbands release vapors that form a protective shield, keeping insects a distance away for up to 120 hours. TERRO Mosquito Repellent is a DIY pest control product, made from a blend of natural botanical oils, including citronella. You can sprinkle the granules of the product wherever mosquitos are a nuisance. AWAY is an organic bug repellent that uses only all-natural ingredients, available in pouches or tins that can be placed at outdoor events or while you’re sitting poolside. Mosquito Barrier markets a garlic extract that can be used all over the lawn with good results. Prefer to make your own? Liquefy garlic bulbs and hot peppers in a blender with water. Add vegetable oil to your garlic spray and use throughout your lawn.

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