Among all the fun activities that the summer months bring, one thing that people don’t look forward to are pesky mosquitoes.
They feast off of your blood and even can cause such illnesses such as the West Nile virus. Mosquito bites can also cause an allergic reaction to the bite area, causing swelling and itching.
Repelling mosquitoes doesn’t have to include dangerous chemicals found in store bought insect repellents. You can use natural ways to repel mosquitoes during the summer months when they are active the most.
Natural repellent sprays.
Vinegar- Mosquitoes don’t like the smell of vinegar. Pour vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray generously over your clothes and skin. Reuse as needed.
Oil of eucalyptus- Another useful repellent against mosquitoes. Can be used in a spray bottle or dapped on clothes.
What to wear.
Colored clothing attracts insects. Try to wear white colored clothing so you don’t attract bugs to you. Wearing long sleeves and pants can also help keep the bugs from biting.
Birds and bats feed off of mosquitoes and other flying insects. Put out bird feeders to attract birds to your backyard. Bats will hunt in the middle of the night for bugs.
Blowing bugs away.
Use a fan. While you are outside having a cookout or just relaxing, turn on a fan. The breeze will prevent bugs from being able to land on you to bite you.
What you eat.
Eating garlic, bananas and other foods rich in vitamin B will repel mosquitoes from wanting to land on your skin.
Preparing your yard naturally.
Planting certain plants will naturally keep mosquitoes out of your yard Plant basil, citronella, marigolds, catnip, lemon grass and garlic all around your property. Herbs and flower gardens tend to keep mosquitoes away also.
Plant several lemon balm plants in your yard. These plant’s have very lemony smell to them. Pick some leaves and sprinkle them around your yard.
You can even use them on yourself while outside. Rub the bits of plant on your skin and clothing.
Things that attract mosquitoes.
Get rid of all standing water in your yard and area where you will be hanging out at.
Mosquitoes are drawn by scents,
Mosquitoes love sweet, fruity and floral scents. Avoid perfumes, soaps and even fabric softener when going outside. Some sun block lotions can attract the bugs.
Avoid getting hot.
Sweating attracts mosquitoes. They are attracted to the lactic acid that secretes when you exercise or get hot.
Killing mosquitoes without harsh chemicals.
Add some water in a plastic plate. Add a few drops of Lemon Joy dish soap to the water. Place plate near the area you will be hanging out. Mosquitoes will drink the water and die instantly.