Most insect repellants contain DEET, which isn’t the healthiest chemical compound. DEET can dissolve certain plastics and can also be an environmental pollutant. Fortunately, there are a few effective ways to rid your yard of mosquitoes without slathering on potentially harmful chemicals that only work for a short period of time. There are some non-toxic alternatives to rid bugs from the space around you. Take back your yard, and enjoy a bite-free afternoon gardening, grilling, or just relaxing.

This device emits a non-toxic aroma biting insects don’t like. Thermacell

Heat-activated mosquito repellents are rapidly gaining popularity for their effectiveness and ease of use. These innovative devices use a heat source, usually fueled by batteries or butane cartridges, to heat a non-toxic fluid that disperses mosquitoes and other insects, without giving off any offensive odors. These gadgets provide up to a 15-foot bite-free protection zone.

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After application, this product continues to repel pests for 30 days. EcoGuard

If you have a large yard, you can draw mosquitoes away from the areas that you frequent. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, which you exhale with each breath. Some products on the market use simple chemical reactions to create enough carbon dioxide to lure mosquitoes into a trap. Some of these devices remain effective for up to 90 days, and only require water to activate.

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Apply this mixture with a garden hose to keep biting bugs at bay. Wondercide

Eliminating a variety of insects from your yard can be as easy as watering your lawn. There are non-toxic bug sprays you can hook up to a garden hose to effortlessly treat lawns, gardens, patios, vegetables, flowers, siding, brick, paint, and more. Simply start spraying at your house and work your way outward for complete coverage. Best of all, they’re safe when sprayed outdoors around pets, kids, and beneficial to other insects like bees and butterflies.