Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance, especially during the warmer months. These tiny pests not only cause irritating bites but also carry diseases that can be harmful to humans. There are various methods to deter mosquitoes, from electronic bug zappers to sprays and creams. However, one ancient and natural method that is gaining popularity is the use of incense.

How to Use Incense for Mosquito Control

Using incense to keep mosquitoes away is quite simple. Light the incense stick or cone and place it in a safe holder. Position these holders strategically around your outdoor space, ensuring the smoke covers a broad area. Remember, the goal is to create a smoke barrier between you and the mosquitoes.

However, wind direction and intensity can affect the smoke’s direction and the effectiveness of the incense. Therefore, it’s best to position the incense so that the smoke drifts across the area you’re trying to protect. You might need multiple incense sticks or cones for larger areas.

The smoke produced from burning incense confuses mosquitoes’ sensory receptors, thereby disrupting their ability to locate their next target (you). Some scents such citronella, lavender, neem, and eucalyptus seem to have distinct bug repelling properties.

Choosing the Right Incense


As mentioned earlier, citronella is a popular and effective ingredient for repelling mosquitoes.


Lavender is another natural ingredient that has been found to repel mosquitoes.

While not as potent as citronella, lavender incense can still provide a pleasant and relaxing scent while keeping mosquitoes away.


Neem, a tree native to India, has been used for centuries as a natural pesticide.