The monsoons are finally here and accompanying them are armies and armies of mosquitoes. While the markets are now flooded with different types of mosquito repellents, sprays, lotions and coils one can’t help but wonder how safe these products are. If you are looking for natural ways of getting rid of these disease carrying pests here are a few environmentally friendly suggestions for you to try at home.
Citronella candles keep mosquitoes at bay
The Magic Of Citronella
Citronella oil is made from the leaves and stems of lemon grass. Studies have revealed that citronella oil is highly effective as an insect repellent. Though it doesn’t kill mosquitoes it repels them and does it in a very safe and non-toxic way. You can buy citronella candles or even make them yourself and use them in your home. The aroma from the candles will keep mosquitoes away.
Buy an anti-mosquito plant like lavender for your home
Mosquito Repellent Plants
A few plants that act as mosquito repellents are lemon balm, marigold, catnip, feverfew and lavender. Whether you are a plant lover or not having a few of these plants will not just get rid of the mosquitoes but will also beautify your balcony.
Lavender Vinegar spary works like a charm
for keeping mosquitoes out
Lovely Lavender And Vicious Vinegar
Who would have thought the soothing aroma of lavender oil would drive the mosquito crazy? And mixed with the pungent aroma of vinegar it makes a deadly combination quite literally and keeps mosquitos out of your way. To use this mix soak ribbons and tie them to curtains, balconies and furniture.
To make the lavender flower and white vinegar bug repellent you need to take off the lavender petals and add them to an empty plant sprayer. Fill the plant sprayer with vinegar. Set aside this mixture for two weeks and shake it daily. After two weeks strain the mixture through a fine strainer or muslin cloth and store in the plant sprayer. Your homemade bug spray is ready for use.
Marigolds are mosquito repelling plants
Oil Based Homemade Bug Spray/Repellent For You
For the oil based bug repellent you need to do is add a few oils to a bottle and mix them thoroughly, your repellent is ready whenever you spot a batch of pesky mosquitoes coming your way.
Making your own bug spray is easy and a whole lot of fun. You can make an oil based bug repellent with citronella oil (15 ml), lavender oil (7 ml), sweet almond oil (475 ml), tea tree oil (3.6 ml) and pennyroyal oil (3.6 ml).
The wonder of garlic
Garlic - Your New Best Friend
Mosquitoes hate the aroma of garlic. Studies have revealed that when you eat garlic your pores releases a garlic-y smell altering your natural scent. If you can’t ingest the highly beneficial but pungent tasting garlic then you can rub a little raw garlic on your skin to chase the mosquitoes away.
Once you get rid of mosquitoes you can sit back and enjoy the rains with the added plus of toxin free air in your home!