8 Ways To Repel Mosquitoes Naturally
Mosquitoes Really Bite!
Mosquitoes can be serious pests to people who enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in the summer. Nowadays many people are looking to stay away from chemical solutions to these pesky insects, and want to find a more natural way to keep the mosquitoes at bay. Here is a list of some of the top ways to keep the mosquitoes (and itchy bites) away, so you can better enjoy your time outside.
Clean Up Your Yard
Getting rid of standing water in areas like pools, birdbaths, trash/recycling bins, planters, rain barrels and other areas, is a great way to reduce the amount of mosquitoes in your yard. Mosquitoes like to breed and lay their eggs in areas where there is stagnant water. If mosquitoes are hatching in your own backyard, they don't have to go very far to find you!
In addition to getting rid of standing water, keeping your grass cut and removing any overgrowth and weeds from your yard can also help. This will help keep more of the adult mosquitoes less interested in your yard.
Lighten Up Those Clothes
Studies have shown that mosquitoes actually seem to prefer getting their meals from people who are wearing dark colored clothing, over people who are wearing light colored clothing. So when choosing what outfit you're going to wear to your next summer BBQ, you might want to opt for something in a more "summery" color to try to keep the mosquitoes away.
Citronella can be found in some form in almost any store that sells outdoor supplies.The oil from the citronella plant is known to ward off a variety of flying pests, including mosquitoes. One can chose from a variety of citronella products to purchase like sprays, candles, oils, and streamers. However, another citronella option would be to just plant some in your garden, especially around places you like to gather outside. That way your garden both looks nice, and it keeps the bugs away!
Have you ever heard of, or encountered, someone who smelled bad from eating too much garlic? Well there's a high likelihood that he or she doesn't have much of a problem when it comes to spending time outdoors in areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. Mosquitoes don't seem to be too fond of the pungent smell of garlic, and tend to prefer sweeter smells. So if you don't mind smelling a little funky, turn up your garlic intake to try to keep the skeeters away! It will make your food more flavorful, and there are many other health benefits to garlic as well.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
The combination of lemon and eucalyptus oils has proven to be a great defense against those nasty blood sucking mosquitoes. Some people even claim that this duo is more effective than DEET, and can last up to 6 hours without you needing to reapply it. There are a variety of natural mosquito repellants containing these ingredients available both in stores and online. If you don't feel like buying one of the already made varieties, a simple web search will yield dozens of do-it-yourself instructions to make your own. You can put that in a spray bottle, or even mix it with some (unscented) lotion, and bring it along on your next camping trip.
Mosquitoes are often attracted to people who are perspiring. If you don't want to become a snack for a mosquito, it is best to avoid exercising outdoors during during the twilight, evening, and dawn hours of peak mosquito seasons. Many people who enjoy outdoor exercise tend to choose these times due to the cooler weather during these hours, but the mosquitoes enjoy these times just as much. In addition to people who are sweating, increasing your carbon dioxide output and producing more lactic acid, also draws these pests closer. All of the signals your body puts out during strenuous exercise makes it easier for mosquitoes to find you. You might as well have a flashing "Bite Me!" sign on your back.
Go All Natural
Scented products such as lotions, perfumes, deodorants, and hair products, might make you smell nice to the other people around you, but they will also make you smell nice to mosquitoes. Choosing unscented toiletries is going to make you stand out less to these pests and, as a result, you are less likely to be bitten by them. This warning applies not only to anything you put on your body, but in your laundry as well. The mosquito doesn't care whether the smell is on your skin or your clothing; if it can smell it, it's coming to check you out. I recommend going with unscented products anyway because they're more natural, and you probably like that or you wouldn't be reading this.
Herbs such as rosemary and basil are sometimes used to help keep mosquitoes away. These herbs can be easily planted in small pots around your house, or even in your garden. You can also add some of these herbs to your food when you are grilling and eating outside, as added protection. Your food will taste better and you are less likely to become a meal yourself!