Some of the most effective natural remedies that can help you get rid of mosquitoes are plants and essential oils, but there are also homeopathic remedies and special traps. Let’s see them all.
The mosquitoes are a torment that accompanies us in the warmer seasons, but there are some natural remedies that can help you get rid of mosquitoes, even DIY, they are effective and perhaps not everyone knows about.
To really get rid of these insects we need an effective monitoring network and we usually rely on insecticides and repellents, which are harmful for our own health and for the environment. Just think about the fact that the ingredient used in most of the insecticides present in the trade is the dietiltoluamide commonly known as DEET. Even if it is approved by the main agencies of Medicine, it is still very irritating to the eyes and if applied to the skin can cause skin rashes, joint pain and blisters, and some studies have associated with neurological problems. Also, the mosquitoes have begun to develop greater resistance to chemical agents that compose it.
Even the classic coils and various lotions, creams, ointments and spray repellent on the market are not suitable, in some way they are chemical bombs, dangerous for our skin.
HFM wants to give you some advice against this scourge, which can ruin our warm summer evenings, focusing exclusively on natural remedies.
Natural remedies that can help you get rid of mosquitoes at home
There are essential oils with unpleasant smell for these insects such as cedar wood, lavender, lemon, patchouli, neem oil, mint, rosemary, basil, thyme, lemon grass, mint, the tea, geranium, catnip, eucalyptus…
These oils, combined in any way, based on availability and your tastes, can help you create effective mosquito spray.
Here is a recipe for preparing a very useful repellent:
You will need just a few ingredients:
- 1 vial of one or more essential oils (including those listed to create a mix or a unique aroma)
- witch hazel
- distilled water or boiled
- vegetable glycerine (optional)
Fill the spray bottle with half of distilled water and add the water of witch hazel to ½ finger from the brink. Add ½ teaspoon of vegetable glycerin (herbal medicine) and 30-50 drops of essential oils selected. Shake and copiously applied to the skin.
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Natural remedies against mosquitoes: the anti-mosquito plants
There are different and readily available plants suitable to keep away these little unwanted guests from our homes, perfect for embellishing with a touch of colorful flowers our balconies and window sills.
1. Good natural remedies against mosquitoes are geraniums, whose odor, neutral or pleasant for us, seems to be unbearable for the ‘nose’ of these annoying insects.
2. Equally effective is the catambra, anti-mosquito plant par excellence, which can be grown both on the ground and in pots. Its smell is imperceptible for us, but not for the mosquitoes that hate him, thanks to the substance called catalpolo. In order to be effective in the garden you have to plant it on every three meters, on the balcony on every two, in the house in every room.
3. Then there is the well known lemongrass, a plant that has a bushy shape and a pleasant citrus odor. You can grow it on the ground or in pots, and its leaves will keep mosquitoes away precisely thanks to the lemony smell they produce.
4. A bit ‘more difficult to grow but equally effective is the eucalyptus, although difficult to cultivate.
If we organize our balcony with plants with strong biodiversity and characteristics that unwelcome mosquitoes, we can get rid of mosquitoes without using pesticides and enjoy the summer evenings at the terrace. The “anti-mosquito balcony “needs plants that attract predators of mosquitoes as dragonflies, bats, insectivorous birds, lizards, geckos, ants, spiders. That’s why is important to select varieties that attract these insects, such as citronella, catnip, rosemary, peppermint, marigold, lemon balm, garlic, basil and lavender.
Natural remedies against mosquitoes in the garden and outdoor
If you want to take a walk in the countryside or in the forest, to chase away the mosquitoes just rub on your skin a vanilla bean. This method also works with the leaves of artemisia, bergamot, sage, even absinthe, comptonia and leaves of pineapple. The effect will last for an hour and then it should be reapplied.
Other practical and environmental friendly natural solution that will stop the larvae development is to use a product containing Bacillus thurungiensis israelensis. You should put some in small places with standing water, such as saucers. The procedure should be repeated frequently. This product can be found in the pharmacies.
Here is a helpful infographic created by Infinity Lawn and Garden
Natural remedies for tiger mosquitoes
There is a simple homeopathic solution that can help you get rid of mosquitoes away, the ledum marsh plant (also called wild rosemary) with anti-mosquito properties. Oral intake of these homeopathic granules should change the smell of our sweat, making it unpleasant only for mosquitoes. People do not perceive it. You should take the tablets 3/4 times a day and let them dissolve under your tongue. It takes a few days to see the effects.
Natural remedies against mosquitoes for children
Aggressive and potential disease transmitter, the mosquito often rages with children, which identifies easily because of their high metabolism and the great movement they do. It is very important to use natural and non-allergenic spray on all uncovered skin of the children.
Natural remedies against mosquitoes: the mosquito traps
First, there are the mosquito traps, false but ideal breeding grounds that actually are deadly traps for these insects. We know that Mom mosquito is attracted to standing water, where there is food for its small larvae. So why not make these nesting places dangerous?
For the preparation you will need one plastic bottle, a sharp knife, black paper, a tape and a candy thermometer.
Here you can find the detailed instructions on how to make a mosquito trap.
The last choice of natural remedies against mosquitoes, almost neutral for the environment (actually produce a minimum amount of CO2) are the mosquito traps, which use different methods (light, heat) to lure and neutralize them with a fan or other systems. We should also mention that these are not 100% natural systems for the reasons described above, but they have a limited environmental impact, unlike the solutions of chemical type.
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