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Simple Organic Ways to Keep Away Mosquitoes

Updated on April 17, 2010

Mosquitoes those pesky little critters that like to suck your blood are an annoying part of warm weather. However, if you’re like me you do not want to expose yourself to harsh chemicals that can be found in repellents and want to use as natural as possible methods. Here are some of the simple organic methods that can help you keep the mosquitoes away.

One of the most obvious things that many of us overlook as we swat mosquitoes off our arms inside our home is to close our windows that are not getting a breeze. Mosquitoes do not like dealing with breezes and will usually leave the windows that have a breeze coming into them alone rather than wiggle into your home.

When you reach the outside of your home though the prevention can be more of a hassle, but one of the first things that you will want to do is remove any standing water. Some of the areas that have standing water that you might want to think about would be a pool tarp, gutters that are clogged, and even your pet dishes that are outside. So to prevent this if your able to you will want to dump the water at least once a day if not more often or drain the water off the item that isn't supposed to have water to begin with.

So you still have mosquitoes problems after removing the standing water and you want to use the chemicals that are available in the bug spray. However, before you do that you will want to try a couple of organic remedies that can help out.

 If you are grilling out you can toss some sage or rosemary onto the hot coals. The mosquitoes actually cannot stand the smell of these herbs and will quickly vacate the area. So just by putting those herbs on your coals you can rid yourself of mosquitoes in the area around the grill. For your guests or others that are not near the grill you will want to take and put some strips of a garlic juice and water mixture up around the area. For this mixture you will have one part of garlic juice for every five parts of water. The mosquitoes tend to shy away from the smell of those items as well so it can be helpful for those people away from your grill.

Now when it comes time to protect your skin you can use the garlic mixture mentioned above, but that might mean you smell like garlic which is something many of us do not want to do. However, instead of strip you will rub the mixture onto your skin instead. Citronella works at times, but after about 20 minutes you have to reapply the citronella.  However, you can use a 30% concentration of Eucalyptus oil and this can help prevent the mosquitoes from biting you for up to two hours. Please note though that you will want to make sure that you’re not allergic to any of these items before using them all over your body.

For a great plant that you can use to help keep the mosquitoes away and enjoy the extra decorative value you will want to have pots of Thai Lemongrass around your patio area. The Thai lemongrass is safe and very effective in repelling the mosquitoes away from large areas and can be grown organically.

For many of us we do not even consider the organic methods for taking care of your mosquitoes problem, but these are some simple solutions that you can implement almost immediately Not only that after you have implemented these solutions you will not have to worry about the chemicals that are found in many repellents.

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    • Vinodkpillai profile image

      Vinodkpillai 5 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great hub with useful practical tips. Mosquitoes can be carriers for some terrible diseases - malaria, dengue and chickengunia and therefore keeping them at bay is of paramount importance. You have given some safe tips that I will immediately try out. Thanks for sharing! Voted up and useful!

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      River Queen 5 years ago

      The lemon grass really works I love it.

      Have a pot next to my outside dog house keeps her mosquito free.Got it also outside my entry doors keeps out the house an Office course on the patio works great & looks nice too.

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      Isabellas 8 years ago from Ohio

      You are very welcome Bk! I know that the chemicals can be very damaging and something that you might not think about, but other solutions do exist!

      You might be interested in my other hubs on how to organically control roaches and ants as well.

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oooh, I love the lemongrass. I will certainly do this. Thanks for a chemical-free hub. We owe to ourselves and children and neighbors to eliminate the toxins.

      Great hub! Thank You!