The summer is here! Which means loads of adventures awaits. It always feels great to relax in the backyard sipping on a cool icy drink in one hand while having a mosquito biting you on the other- Oh wait! Let’s take a step back. There seems to be something wrong here. Or is it? We all expect these bloodsuckers to come out of hiding during a nice warm evening. Summer is a great opportunity to unravel and enjoy that free time we have with our friends and family. But, we may have one annoying, uninvited little guest in our midst. And that’s a mosquito.
Now, you may wonder how to keep mosquitoes away? And what’s the best way to protect ourselves from these bugs? Well, there are multiple ways to prevent those itchy bumps from forming, using bug sprays or insect repellent sprays that contain compounds such as DEET or picaridin are extremely helpful in keeping these pests away. However, these chemically produced sprays or lotions that can be harmful to skin, as they may cause irritation or an allergic reaction. Plus, regular exposure of chemicals to children and infants may affect their health.
- How to get rid of mosquitoes inside the house?
- Natural Mosquito Repellents
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
- Peppermint Oil
- Catnip Oil
- Lavender Oil
- Citronella Oil
- Word of Advice from Auraat
So, how to get rid of mosquitoes inside the house?
Well, there are two ways, one of them is mentioned above. The other effective way is by using homemade bug sprays or essential oil bug sprays. These sprays are more environmentally friendly and safer. Making bug repellents which could be applied on the skin or sprayed on clothes or on other surfaces, without having any chemical side effects, is the best way to protect yourself. The usage of essential oil has been under practice for centuries, and we can’t deny these natural-based oils have displayed enormous amounts of benefits with little-to-no side effects.
At the moment, there are many popular natural mosquitoes repellents synthesized by using various types of herbs, plants, and natural oils. An important side note to remember, mosquito repellents aren’t used to actually “kill” mosquitoes but are used to keep them away from us. They work by making mosquitoes less attracted to you.
Natural Mosquito Repellents
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil:
Oil of lemon eucalyptus is quite popular and mainly used on the skin to prevent mosquito bites. It is one of the most natural and effective mosquito repellents. This oil has been recommended by the Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as the safest oil by human beings. Vast amounts of research have been conducted on lemon eucalyptus oil and its addition as an ingredient in other substances. And promising results have been obtained. Recent studies have concluded that usage of lemon eucalyptus oil provides 95% protection from mosquitoes for at least 120 minutes.
You could create your oil by adding 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil with 10 parts sunflower oil or hazel. This mixture could be applied over the skin; however, it’s advised to be cautious when using it on children, as their sensitive skin may get affected or develop an allergic reaction. Therefore, the usage of oil in excess amounts would not be the best option.
Another popular repellent is peppermint oil. Numerous studies have mentioned that using an oil with a high concentration of peppermint oil or extract is more effective. That’s because peppermint oil helps prevent the formation of mosquito larvae. Plus, it provides 100% protection against adult yellow fever mosquito bites for up to 150 minutes. The usage of undiluted peppermint oil has shown no sign of skin irritation; therefore, it’s very safe to apply on the skin.
Peppermint oil is quite easy to find in grocery stores and online. Also, their prices are within reasonable ranges, hence, its popularity.
Catnip, also known as Nepeta Parnassica. This purplish, pink flower is great at warding off mosquitoes. It’s extremely effective and often comes in handy when going on long trips or camping. The oil that is extracted from its leaves is used as a repellent.
In one of the studies at the Iowa State University, stated that this natural essential oil was 10 times stronger and more effective than the chemically synthesized DEET. Catnip oil is resistant to mostly two different types of mosquito species, such as the yellow fever mosquito and the common house mosquito. This oil can last up to 2 hours. So, the next time you do go camping or hiking, do remember to pack yourself up with this essential oil.
The fragrance and oil extracted from crushed lavender flowers are one of the best mosquito repellents. This essential oil does not only ward off mosquitoes but also soothe the skin. It’s incredibly safe to use and does not cause any side effects and damage to the skin.
You could grow lavender indoors or outdoors; the fragrances produced by the flower will prevent the attraction of mosquitoes. You could also dry and crush the flower; the oil formed can be applied on the skin.
Another well-known natural mosquito repellent is citronella. The extracted oil from citronella plants is often used to make lotions, sprays, and candles. It is as effective as DEET. Applying citronella over the skin can provide 100% protection from mosquito bites up to 120 minutes. Although one should be careful, as a high concentration of citronella can be harmful to the skin, as it may cause skin irritation.
Many people use citronella scented candles at home or even when going camping. However, the problem here is their tendency to evaporate very quickly, and due to its continuous evaporation, the effectiveness as a repellent reduces by 50%. But, if you are living in an area where you have endless encounters with mosquitoes, then it’s best to have citronella plants growing in your backyard or inside the house.
Word of Advice from Auraat:
Never use pure natural essential oil directly on the skin. These oils may be natural and one of our best alternatives to chemically synthesized repellents, however, they are always diluted with carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil etc. And do consult a doctor before using these essential oils or try on a skin patch test 24 hours before using it, to make sure you don’t face any allergic effects. There is always a possibility of developing an allergic reaction to them because these natural oils contain active ingredients.
In conclusion, the healthiest and safest way to protect yourself from mosquitoes are by using organic and natural mosquitoes repellents mentioned above. However, it’s always best to have prior knowledge of your allergies and also about ingredients that are used to make these natural oils, to prevent any further health complications. So, the next time you move on to another adventure, remember to bring along a mosquito repellent that will not leave you swollen as a tomato.
Stay safe, healthy & mosquito free!