All of us have experienced the redness, the itching or the swelling that may be caused by mosquito bites. Mosquitoes are very small creatures, but they can cause many dangerous and even fatal diseases, such as malaria or yellow fever.
But, how to repel mosquitoes? There are many ways to keep mosquitoes away, but some of them may be dangerous for human health and also for the environment. But, there are also many natural remedies that may help you get rid of mosquitoes. In this article we will tell you how to catch mosquitoes and how to keep them away.
Natural Ways To Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Most people use insect repellents that may contain a toxic pesticide called Deet, which may be dangerous to human health. If someone is exposed to Deet too long, it may cause memory loss, weakness, headache, muscle pain, tremors, joint pain and fatigue. It is important to mention that this pesticide is especially dangerous for children. Because of that we recommend you to avoid this pesticide. There are many other effective ways that will help you get rid of mosquitoes naturally.
Dry Ice. Dry ice is a popular mosquito repellent. Dry ice emits carbon dioxide which is known to attract mosquitoes. You can take a container and put dry ice in it. Close the lid when all the mosquitoes are in the container.
Lavender. Although most people love lavender, mosquitoes hate it. You can simply put a drop of lavender to a strip and place it around open windows. This way you will certainly keep mosquitoes away.
You can also use lavender essential oil that will help you get rid of mosquitoes. You just need to mix 30 drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of olive or any other vegetable oil and to rub this mixture on your skin. This way you will certainly keep mosquitoes away from you and your skin will have a beautiful smell.
Citronella Oil and Citronella Candles. It is proved that citronella essential oil is the best way to get rid of mosquitoes. It is actually one of the best natural mosquito repellents in the whole world. You can apply citronella oil all over your body to keep mosquitoes away.
Citronella candles are the best way to use this wonderful oil. It is very easy to make citronella candles. You just need to inject a several drops of citronella oil in a candle and to light it up. These candles will release an aroma that will keep mosquitoes away. You can simply place a few citronella candles in your garden and create a barrier for mosquitoes.
You can also put citronella oil in a spray bottle and to sprinkle it in all mosquito prone areas. Citronella is very popular and effective spray for mosquitoes.
Coffee Grounds. Coffee grounds are also a home remedy that may repel mosquitoes. You just need to put coffee grounds in stagnant water around your house. When you do that, the mosquito eggs that are present in water will come on the water surface because they will be probably attracted by coffee grounds. When the mosquito eggs come to the water surface, they will be killed. This will prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
Bug Repellent Sunscreen. We all know that any sunscreen protects us from harmful UV rays, but this one will also repel mosquitoes and other bugs. It is important to mention that this sunscreen is all natural and it doesn’t contain toxic substances.
Mosquito Repellent Plants. Have you ever heard that there are mosquito repellent plants? The most effective are citronella, lavender, catnip and feverfew. You can simply plant these plants in flower containers in your yard. It will help you get rid of mosquitoes.
Neem Oil. Did you ever use neem oil? It is a vegetable oil that is extracted from the neem tree. This tree is native to the Indian subcontinent. The neem tree is also called “the tree of life”. Neem oil can be very effective if you want to keep mosquitoes away. This oil is a natural insecticide that is used on plants in order to keep harmful insects away. You just need to apply this oil to your skin and you will get rid of mosquitoes very quickly.
Tea Tree Oil. Tea tree oil is also known as a very effective essential oil that will help you get rid of mosquitoes and other insects. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which will keep mosquitoes at bay. It is necessary to mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a few drops of water. Apply this powerful mixture on your face and other parts of your body that are exposed to mosquitoes.
Indian Lilac Oil. This oil is known as a powerful mosquito repellent and it is frequently used as a natural pesticide. Coconut oil is also known for its mosquito repellent properties.
You just need to mix Indian lilac oil and coconut oil in the ratio 1:1 and to apply this mixture on your body. This mixture will have a strong smell and it will certainly keep mosquitoes away.
Camphor. One more home remedy that will help you get rid of mosquitoes is camphor. It will be necessary to close all windows and doors in your house and to light camphor. You should leave it for 30 minutes and when you come back in room, you can be sure that mosquitoes will not be there anymore.
There are also camphor balls that may help you to keep away mosquitoes. You can mix these balls with neem oil for best effects. You will need 3-4 balls of camphor and one cup of neem oil. Take an empty bottle and fill it with these ingredients. Your natural device to repel mosquitoes is ready for use.
There’s one more mixture with camphor that is very easy to make. It is necessary to mix 1 ounce of citronella oil, 1 ounce of cedar oil and 1 ounce spirits of camphor. This mixture is very effective and it will certainly help you keep all mosquitoes away. You just need to spray this mixture on your bath towel and put it over your bed. It will certainly repel mosquitoes in your house. As we have already mentioned above, citronella oil will protect you from mosquitoes.
Mosquito Traps. Mosquito traps are very effective method to keep away mosquitoes. It is also known as sugar yeast fermentation method. There are mosquito traps that you can buy in every market, but you can also make it at home very easily.
You will just need a plastic bottle and you should cut it in half. Next step is to mix brown sugar with hot water and let it cool down. After that, you should empty it in the bottom half of the bottle and add yeast. Then it will be necessary to put the funnel part into the other half of the bottle and wrap a black tape on the bottle. The top of the bottle should be uncovered.
Place the bottle in the area with mosquitoes and change the mixture in the bottle after two weeks. This method for keeping away mosquitoes is very effective and cheap because all materials that you need for trapping mosquitoes are easily available.
Garlic. It may sound strange, but garlic also can help you get rid of mosquitoes. It is proved that garlic extract has mosquito larvidical properties. You just need to crush several cloves of garlic and to boil them in water a couple of minutes. Next step is to pour this mixture in a spray bottle and to spray it in your room. This way you will kill all the mosquitoes.
It is also recommended to eat garlic every day in order to avoid that mosquitoes bite you. It is recommended to rub the clove of a garlic directly on your skin.
Lemon Eucalyptus. Maybe you didn’t know that lemon eucalyptus is a tree that grows in Australia. Oil that we get from the leaves of lemon eucalyptus tree has great insect repellent properties, so you should apply this oil on your skin. It will protect you from mosquitoes.
Holy Basil. Leaves of holy basil are also known for their mosquito repellent properties. Also, they can check the breeding of mosquitoes, which is very important. You just need to plant a holy basil plant in the garden, but you can also spray basil oil to keep mosquitoes away.
Mint. Did you know that mosquitoes hate the odor of mint? Because of that you can use mint oil or mint extracts to keep the mosquitoes away. You can apply mint oil on your body or pour it in a bottle. You can also grow a mint shrub in your yard.
Rosemary. Rosemary is also known as a natural mosquito repellent. You just need to burn a few stalks of rosemary. The aroma that rosemary releases will keep mosquitoes away.
Peppermint. Peppermint is known as a natural insecticide that has fresh and minty aroma. You can use peppermint as a bug spray that will keep mosquitoes at bay. Peppermint oil is also very effective against mosquitoes, so you should try it. But, you have to be careful. Peppermint oil may irritate your skin.
Pinion Wood. Pinion woods are also very effective for keeping mosquitoes at bay. You just need to burn pinion woods outside your home. The pinion woods will release the pungent aroma that will prevent mosquitoes from entering your house.
Red Cedar Mulch. It is known that red cedar mulch will make your garden beautiful, but did you know that it can also protect you from mosquitoes? Well, this wood has distinctive smell and amazing insect repellent properties. You just need to boil the chips of red cedar in water and to pour this liquid in the spray bottle that you are using for garden. You can spray it everywhere around your garden and you will keep mosquitoes at bay.
Clove Oil. Clove oil has also mosquito repellent properties and it may help you keep mosquitoes at bay. But, this oil can irritate your skin, so you have to use it carefully.
Vetiver. It is a popular bunchgrass that comes from India. Its oil has great mosquito repellent properties and soothing aroma. You just need to spray several drops of vetiver oil onto your skin and it will certainly help you protect from mosquitoes.
Apple Cider Vinegar. It is proved that apple cider vinegar can also be used as an effective mosquito repellent. You just need to add one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 16 ounces of water and to drink it. Sweeten this drink with honey if you want. It is proved that this drink will keep away mosquitoes from your body.
These are some of the best home remedies for mosquitoes. Now we will give you some tips that may also help you get rid of these boring creatures.
When you are going to sleep at night, you should use a mosquito net. If you use some mosquito repellent creams, you should have in mind that they work only several hours.
You should keep the windows and doors in house closed in order to prevent mosquitoes to enter your house. If you see a mosquito that is flying in your room, you should kill it immediately.
You should know that light will attract mosquitoes, so you can use sodium lamp or LED lights if you want to get rid of mosquitoes.
You should never have stagnant water around your house, because it is known that mosquitoes breed in stagnant water.
In this article you have seen how to keep mosquitoes away from you naturally. We have told you how to kill mosquitoes and how to make a mosquitoes trap.
You can use citronella candles, neem oil, tea tree oil, camphor, rosemary, holy basil, dry ice or some other natural mosquito repellents.
Now when you know how to keep mosquitoes away, we are sure that you will protect yourself from mosquito bites.