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Many homeowners use sprays or fogger mosquito repellents to control mosquito populations in their backyards. These methods aren't without their downfalls, however. Generally, an application of fogger or yard spray will work for about two hours, after which the mosquitoes will return. Another negative is that, in addition to killing and repelling mosquitoes, these repellants will kill and repel a lot of other insects you probably don't want be rid of (such as butterflies and ladybugs).