10 Natural ways to avoid mosquitoes this summer

1. Oil of Lemon Euca­lyp­tus: Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is said to be one of the most effec­tive nat­ural mos­quito repel­lents on the mar­ket and is rec­om­mended by the Cen­ters of Dis­ease Con­trol. The active ingre­di­ent in oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is cine­ole, which has sev­eral anti­sep­tic and insect repel­lent prop­er­ties when applied to the skin. Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus also pro­vides com­pa­ra­ble pro­tec­tion to low con­cen­tra­tions of DEET.

2. Wear Light-Colored and Tightly– Woven Cloth­ing: In the heat of the summer,wearing light-colored cloth­ing not only keeps you cooler, but it also repels mos­qui­toes. These blood­suck­ing insects are attracted to dark-colores and they can eas­ily find you if you don’t dress accord­ingly. In addi­tion to dress­ing lightly, be sure to pay atten­tion to how much of  your skin is exposed. If you are going to be out­doors for a long period of time, you’ll want to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks that cover your skin. Another tip for block­ing mos­qui­toes is to wear  clothes made of tightly– woven materials

3. Oil of Cit­ronella: The cit­ronella oil that’s found in out­door can­dles, torches and lanterns, and skin prod­ucts pro­vide a nat­ural and fra­grant way to keep skeeters away. Cit­ronella oil is an essen­tial oil that comes from cit­ronella grass, which can be planted for extra mosquito-repelling power. Accord­ing to the EPA, oil of cit­ronella poses lit­tle or no tox­i­c­ity risks to humans, wildlife and envi­ron­ment. How­ever, this is lit­tle chance that cit­ronella prod­ucts can cause skin irri­ta­tions in chil­dren and peo­ple with sesi­tive skin, espe­cially if applied incorrectly.

4. Soy­bean Oil: Soy­bean oil is a veg­etable oil that has been extracted from the seeds of a soy­bean. Although soy­bean oil is pre­dom­i­nately used in cook­ing, it does have an awe­some mosquito-repelling pow­ers. Soybean-oil-based repel­lents pro­tected against mos­quito bites for an aver­age of 94.6 min­utes, which is more than all other botan­i­cal repel­lents used.

  5. Go Fra­grance –free: Since mos­qui­toes are attracted to fra­grances, it’s  a good idea to avoid wear­ing per­fumes and scented prod­ucts while you’re out­side. There’s noth­ing more nat­ural than going fragrance-free and sport­ing your nat­ural scent.  Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t wear sun­screen, deoder­ant or use hair prod­ucts — just make sure they are all fragrance-free. Also, be sure to watch your use of scented fab­ric soft­en­ers and dryer sheets, which can remain on your clothes well after laundering.

6. Laven­der Oil: Not only does laven­der oil smell sim­ply won­der­ful, but this essen­tial oil also pro­vides effec­tive mosquito-repelling power. Laven­der Oil can be found in a vari­ety of prod­ucts such as lotions, soaps, sprays and gels that are applied top­i­cally. Laven­der oil can be mixed with other essen­tial oils to boost its ben­e­fits or applied alone. After using this poten­tial nat­ural oil, you’ll never want to go back to the chem­i­cal stuff again.                                                                             

7. Gar­lic: Gar­lic repels more than just vam­pires — it works on mos­qui­toes too! The pun­gent smell of gar­lic is the key to keep­ing mos­qui­toes away from you. It is believed that gar­lic is released through the pores and may change your scent, mak­ing it harder for mos­qui­toes to find you and less likely to stay on your skin if they do track you down. Test the mosquito-repelling power of mos­qui­toes by eat­ing it reg­u­larly or rub­bing raw gar­lic on your exposed skin.

8. Reduce Stand­ing Water In and around your home: The best way to avoid mos­qui­toes is not to attract them in the first place. This can be done by sim­ply reduc­ing the amount of stand­ing water that they can use for breed­ing in and around your house. Be sure to repair failed sep­tic sys­tems, leaky water pipes and out­door faucets, in addi­tion to cut­ting your grass short and keep­ing drains, ditches and cul­verts free of debris so water can drain prop­erly. Swim­ming pools should be cleaned and chlo­ri­nated reg­u­larly and change the water in bird baths, wad­ing pools, and other water con­tain­ers that might attract mosquitoes.

9. Plant Mosquito-repelling Plants: An easy way to repel mos­qui­toes and spruce up your back­yard is to plant bug-repelling plants. Tan­sies, Marigolds, Cat­nip, Thai Lemon Grass, Cit­ronella Grass and Gar­lic are excel­lent, nat­ural mos­quito repel­lents. These plants give off an odor that’s unpleas­ant to mos­qui­toes and will send them fly­ing far away.

10. Build a Bat House: It might seem like you’re invit­ing more pests to your home by build­ing a bat house, but its actu­ally quite the con­trary. Bats are nat­ural preda­tors to mos­qui­toes and they can eat up to 3,000 of the pesky insects every night. Build­ing a bat house will attract bats to your back­yard and hope­fully keep your mos­quito pop­u­la­tion down in the process.

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One Response to 10 Natural ways to avoid mosquitoes this summer

  1. Green Mom says:

    I rely on Oil of Lemon Euca­lyp­tus for mos­quito pro­tec­tion. It has quite strong scent, but it’s not a bad smell and the good thing is that I know its work­ing. The EPA and Cen­ter for Dis­ease con­trol rec­om­mend Oil of Lemon Euca­lyp­tus (OLE) as the only plant based active ingre­di­ent in repel­lents to work as well as DEET. If you are inter­ested in find­ing out more about it check out http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/RepellentUpdates.htm. Cut­ter, Repel and Cole­man all have prod­ucts that con­tain OLE and are widely avail­able at stores such as Tar­get, Wal-Mart, sport­ing good stores, and on-line.

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