Bug spray and citronella candles are often the ways we keep those pesky mosquitoes away. The threat of the Zika Virus has made mosquitoes even more dangerous than before. So here are some other tricks to keep those buggers away.
Plant a garden
Several plants are known to be mosquito repellents including lemongrass, lavender and marigolds. They will not just keep those unwanted insects away but beautify your garden as well.
Grow your own herbs
One of the best is something you might want to grow for other, tastier, reasons as well. Grow it indoors near a sunny window, or outside in your garden or flower bed to keep the bugs away. If you want a double whammy when it comes to mosquito protection? Plant some basil! Not only will you have a quick and easy mosquito repellent, you will also have a delicious fresh herb on hand to add to all of your favorite recipes. There are many different varieties of basil around, so feel free to experiment and find the ones that you like best. Many expert gardeners recommend trying lemon basil or cinnamon basil to deter insects; plus, basil is one of the easiest herbs to keep alive.
Make your kitty cat happy
Your feline friends will be happy to know that catnip is a great mosquito deterrent. In fact, in a 2010 study, researchers found that catnip is 10 times more effective than DEET, the ingredient commonly found in bug repellents. It is a very easy plant to grow, and if you have cats in the house, they will surely be happy to have it around. However, be careful not to plant catnip in with other flowers, veggies, or herbs if you have cats around your garden. They will surely roll around in the catnip and smash everything nearby.
You can easily reduce the number of mosquitos on your property with a plastic bottle trap that will attract and kill the mosquitos. The liquid in each trap will last about two weeks, and then, it can easily be replaced. For increased effectiveness, place multiple traps around your house or property. All you need is to prepare the trap materials like an empty plastic bottle, a marker/pen, a box cutter, a tape measure, brown sugar, hot water, yeast, a measuring cup and some tape.
Make yourself smell delicious
Dabbing vanilla extract on your pulse points has been said to help repel mosquitoes. It is very simple to make a concoction with vanilla extract as a main ingredient. Prior to creating this solution, make sure that you are not allergic to the vanilla. Put a drop of vanilla onto your skin to see if it causes any irritation. Using vanilla extract as an insect repellent can be much cheaper than chemical deterrents, and it can be easily made up in just a few minutes. Additionally, it is always best to use a natural insect repellent rather than the commercial artificial sprays, as long as vanilla does not irritate your skin. But beware the urge to bake cookies later!
Recycle your coffee grounds
Every coffee drinker knows the feeling they get when they have their morning ritual of a hot strong cup of coffee. But did you know that coffee has a life outside of being a tasty beverage? Coffee grounds can continue to be useful after you’ve had your morning fix and can work in some interesting ways.
Coffee has a very strong odor which many insects and animals do not like. In addition, it’s been suggested that mosquitoes, ants, slugs and maggots all dislike the acidity of coffee and will stay away from areas where there is high concentration of acidic soil. You can sprinkle the grounds around your deck or patio, or put them in bowls and place them near where you’ll be sitting.
Raid your spice drawer
You can use different types of spices that are available at home to keep the mosquitoes away. These spices create a sweet aroma in the house and your home will always smell fresh and clean when you use them to ward off mosquitoes.
- It has a pungent aroma and is an effective spice to keep mosquitoes at bay. You can keep crushed garlic in your kitchen or near a window to prevent mosquitoes coming inside the house. Add garlic to your dishes to increase your immunity against mosquito bites.
- It’s a sweet smelling spice. Just mix ¼ teaspoon cinnamon powder in warm water and place it in your living area to repel mosquitoes. It will spread a sweet fragrance in the house as well.
- This works best when they are burned and the fumes are spread around the house. You can keep the bugs away by tying a number of cloves to a thread to make string and hang it over your front door.
- Black Pepper. Dry roast whole black pepper and place in your room. The strong spicy fragrance will remove bugs from the room. Add black pepper powder to your salads and soups, it will make you resistant towards mosquito bites.
Raid your baby’s room
A creamy baby oil can repel mosquitoes and won’t smell horrible. It can be a great sun blocker and insect repellent on its own. It contains shea butter which is a sun blocker and baby oil which mosquitoes hate. Purification essential oil contains citronella and lemongrass which is an ultimate weapon to ward off pesky insects.
Source: RealtyTimes.com, Gerson.org, naturallivingideas.com, doityourself.com, instructables.com, moneycrashers.com, truenorthinspire.com
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