Natural ways to control mosquitoes include using essential oils such as citronella, lavender or peppermint on the skin and avoiding highly perfumed soaps and shampoos when heading outside. Fans can also be used to deter mosquitoes outdoors.
When using essential oils on the skin as a mosquito repellent, the oils should not be placed directly on the skin. Instead, 2 1/2 teaspoons should be mixed into 1 cup of 190-proof grain alcohol in a jar and stirred thoroughly. It should then be dabbed onto the skin or clothing before going outside.
Mosquitoes will not bother an area with heavy air flow, so using fans outside helps to keep them away. An overhead ceiling fan may be installed on the patio, or a stand or box fan may be used when outdoors.