Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away

Natural Ways To Keep Mosquitoes AwayMosquitoes are a big problem in nearly all parts of the world. They are annoying, they sting and most alarming of all they are the number one most dangerous animal

to humans. So it is important to keep away from them or keep them away from yourself. There are many products in the market that can help you do just that; the most popular of all is the “bug-spray” and they do work to some extent however, they are extremely toxic both to our health and to the environment around us. That’s why it is important to find some of the most natural ways to keep mosquitoes away

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In this article we will include some of the best known ways to keep mosquitoes away in your back yard or when your are on a vacation away from home.

Anti-Mosquito Sound (Noise)

You might not have heard of this one, it is proven that some animals and insects including mice, squirrels and mosquitoes dislike sounds around certain frequencies. You can try playing the sound below in your back yard and see if you notice any difference.

To find out more read the following is an article taken from Animal Island Mosquito Control.

Best Natural Ways to Keep Off Mosquitoes

Oil of Lemon Euca­lyp­tus

Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is said to be one of the most effec­tive nat­ural mos­quito repel­lents on the mar­ket and is rec­om­mended by the Cen­ters of Dis­ease Con­trol. The active ingre­di­ent in oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus is cine­ole, which has sev­eral anti­sep­tic and insect repel­lent prop­er­ties when applied to the skin. Oil of lemon euca­lyp­tus also pro­vides com­pa­ra­ble pro­tec­tion to low con­cen­tra­tions of DEET.

Wear Light-Colored and Tightly– Woven Cloth­ing

In the heat of the summer,wearing light-colored cloth­ing not only keeps you cooler, but it also repels mos­qui­toes. These blood­suck­ing insects are attracted to dark-colores and they can eas­ily find you if you don’t dress accord­ingly. In addi­tion to dress­ing lightly, be sure to pay atten­tion to how much of  your skin is exposed. If you are going to be out­doors for a long period of time, you’ll want to wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks that cover your skin. Another tip for block­ing mos­qui­toes is to wear  clothes made of tightly– woven materials

Oil of Cit­ronella

The cit­ronella oil that’s found in out­door can­dles, torches and lanterns, and skin prod­ucts pro­vide a nat­ural and fra­grant way to keep skeeters away. Cit­ronella oil is an essen­tial oil that comes from cit­ronella grass, which can be planted for extra mosquito-repelling power. Accord­ing to the EPA, oil of cit­ronella poses lit­tle or no tox­i­c­ity risks to humans, wildlife and envi­ron­ment. How­ever, this is lit­tle chance that cit­ronella prod­ucts can cause skin irri­ta­tions in chil­dren and peo­ple with sesi­tive skin, espe­cially if applied incorrectly.

Soy­bean Oil

Soy­bean oil is a veg­etable oil that has been extracted from the seeds of a soy­bean. Although soy­bean oil is pre­dom­i­nately used in cook­ing, it does have an awe­some mosquito-repelling pow­ers. Soybean-oil-based repel­lents pro­tected against mos­quito bites for an aver­age of 94.6 min­utes, which is more than all other botan­i­cal repel­lents used.

Go Fra­grance –free

Since mos­qui­toes are attracted to fra­grances, it’s  a good idea to avoid wear­ing per­fumes and scented prod­ucts while you’re out­side. There’s noth­ing more nat­ural than going fragrance-free and sport­ing your nat­ural scent.  Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t wear sun­screen, deoder­ant or use hair prod­ucts — just make sure they are all fragrance-free. Also, be sure to watch your use of scented fab­ric soft­en­ers and dryer sheets, which can remain on your clothes well after laundering.

Laven­der Oil

Not only does laven­der oil smell sim­ply won­der­ful, but this essen­tial oil also pro­vides effec­tive mosquito-repelling power. Laven­der Oil can be found in a vari­ety of prod­ucts such as lotions, soaps, sprays and gels that are applied top­i­cally. Laven­der oil can be mixed with other essen­tial oils to boost its ben­e­fits or applied alone. After using this poten­tial nat­ural oil, you’ll never want to go back to the chem­i­cal stuff again.

Gar­lic

Gar­lic repels more than just vam­pires — it works on mos­qui­toes too! The pun­gent smell of gar­lic is the key to keep­ing mos­qui­toes away from you. It is believed that gar­lic is released through the pores and may change your scent, mak­ing it harder for mos­qui­toes to find you and less likely to stay on your skin if they do track you down. Test the mosquito-repelling power of mos­qui­toes by eat­ing it reg­u­larly or rub­bing raw gar­lic on your exposed skin.

Reduce Stand­ing Water In and around your home

The best way to avoid mos­qui­toes is not to attract them in the first place. This can be done by sim­ply reduc­ing the amount of stand­ing water that they can use for breed­ing in and around your house. Be sure to repair failed sep­tic sys­tems, leaky water pipes and out­door faucets, in addi­tion to cut­ting your grass short and keep­ing drains, ditches and cul­verts free of debris so water can drain prop­erly. Swim­ming pools should be cleaned and chlo­ri­nated reg­u­larly and change the water in bird baths, wad­ing pools, and other water con­tain­ers that might attract mosquitoes.

Plant Mosquito-repelling Plants

An easy way to repel mos­qui­toes and spruce up your back­yard is to plant bug-repelling plants. Tan­sies, Marigolds, Cat­nip, Thai Lemon Grass, Cit­ronella Grass and Gar­lic are excel­lent, nat­ural mos­quito repel­lents. These plants give off an odor that’s unpleas­ant to mos­qui­toes and will send them fly­ing far away.

Build a Bat House

It might seem like you’re invit­ing more pests to your home by build­ing a bat house, but its actu­ally quite the con­trary. Bats are nat­ural preda­tors to mos­qui­toes and they can eat up to 3,000 of the pesky insects every night. Build­ing a bat house will attract bats to your back­yard and hope­fully keep your mos­quito pop­u­la­tion down in the process.