Killing Mosquitoes and NOT Your Family & Pets!
“Damn it! I’ve just been bitten!”
Mosquitoes – those pesky nemeses that ruin picnics, swim parties, boat outings and raise ugly, itchy welts on our bodies can be eradicated – or at least banished to a far away place.
To know how to deal with mosquitoes, you must understand them, their habits and their habitats. Then, look around to see why they’re after you. You may live in a swampy area where standing water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes – or you may be doing or wearing something to attract the pests, such as wearing perfumes when you’re outdoors.
Mosquitoes prey on us because they need the protein from our blood to produce their eggs. They zero in on us like a fighter plane because they locate us by our body temperatures. With the blood they gather from us, female mosquitoes may produce up to 3,000 eggs during their lifetime.
The worldwide havoc that mosquitoes wreak each year is devastating. In some parts of Africa, a child dies from a mosquito bite every 30 seconds — and in the United States, encephalitis, dog heartworm and malaria affect the population each year at an alarming rate.
There are ways to discourage and even kill mosquitoes before they invade your space and body. Various techniques, including plants and lotions can help, as can ridding your area of objects and spaces that harbor the perfect breeding ground for these dreadful blood bandits. You can find a good list of places they hide here https://www.insecthobbyist.com/
Natural Ways to Kill and Repel Mosquitoes
Products are readily available on the shelves that can kill and repel mosquitoes, but many may contain toxic chemicals. For whatever reason, some people are allergic to these ingredients – and they may be detrimental for certain conditions like pregnancy.
In these cases, natural products are the best way to avoid mosquitoes. These include cedar oil, rosemary oil, citronella oil and eucalyptus oil. All of these plant oil derivatives can be found online or at many health food stores. Be aware that these products must be applied to the skin more often than those containing DEET.
Best Tips to Repel Mosquitoes Before They Bother You
To prevent mosquitoes from choosing your area as a habitat, you can:
- Remove all standing water from around your home. Beware of old tires and other discarded containers such as wading pools, cups, buckets and barrels.
- Use mosquito nets around bedding. Mosquitoes are most active at night, so protect yourself while you sleep.
- Repair window and door screens. Choose screens made from a finely-woven mesh.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to lights, so don’t turn the bright ones on too early.
- Fill tree holes with sand or mortar.
- Mosquitoes need water to lay their eggs and breed. If you can remove or prevent stagnant water, mosquitoes will have to go elsewhere.
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Planting mosquito-repelling bushes and herbs around your house is a natural way to prevent mosquitoes from invading your area – and your body.
Some of the most effective plants that you can find at almost any home and garden store or online are:
- Citronella Grass – A tropical plant that’s harvested for repellant sprays and citronella candles can be effective if you live in a tropical climate. If not, you can purchase products made from citronella oil.
- Rosemary – You may use this herb to provide an interesting flavor to dishes you prepare, but rosemary can also repel mosquitoes. Since they’re mostly a tropical plant, you can place them in pots around your deck or patio and bring them inside during winter months.
- Mosquito Plants – These plants are attractive and can be purchased online – although some garden stores may carry them. There is disagreement on whether these plants actually repel mosquitoes, but it’s worth a try.
- Catnip – It’s the same herb used to stuff those little cat toys and it can also be planted around your deck or patio. Some claim that it’s better than DEET for repelling mosquitoes.
- Marigolds – These colorful little flowers produce a scent that naturally repels mosquitoes like a repellent. Plant them between your garden plants as they’ll also protect them from other types of insects.
Planting herbs and certain plants in your yard and garden is a great way to beautify your area while repelling pesky mosquitoes.
Some other ways to repel mosquitoes include:
- Exercise indoors when mosquitoes are prevalent. Mosquitoes hone in on body temperature — and it automatically rises when you exercise.
- Avoid salty foods and those containing high amounts of potassium.
- Don’t wear dark clothing when in a mosquito-infested area.
- Don’t wear lotions or perfumed products that contain floral fragrances.
Just because a product is natural doesn’t mean it’s safe, so be sure that you know if you’re sensitive to it before using.
Our Readers Suggestions…
You can make a smudge pot from dried grasses
Make a lot of smoke by adding green leaves or grass.
The smoke chokes the mosquito and it cannot smell you anymore.
American beauty berry is a shrub who has leaves that can be brewed into tea you spray on your clothes (not your skin). Wards off ticks, too.
Eating a lot of garlic flavors your blood and the Mosquitos hate the taste of garlic. Garlic also kills internal parasites.
I made a concoction of blue dawn (1/2 cup) and 1 cup warmed vinegar to clean a glass shower door – i had what was left on my back porch in my cleaning bucket – saw mosquitos and just grabbed it to spray them and the little suckers dropped dead! the bad part was it left blue from the dawn so….. i made more using a cup of vinegar and just enough drops of dawn to make it a lite blue and it worked like a charm and watching them drop and die made me too happy for words!!! i hate em and they love me and make huge red itchy patches on me – hate em – the fly zapper thats like a hand held tennis racket works great as well!
the best non poison spray ive found is very simple, buy a quart spray bottle that has a very adjustable nozzel, set it to a heavy wet spray. they can be found at most grocery stores etc. now the wonderful part. fill it will rubbing alcohol at least 70% alcohol. when they land on you or fly near by, douse them with a heavy spray. it knocks them right out of the sky and kills them. gold colored mouth wash such as listerine also works, but will also act as a repellant due to the eucalyptus in it. i personally like to not repell them, but kill as many as i can. i call tghe health board with this info in pima county az, and they wouldnt publish it, do to the fact they would be endorceing a product. so therefore i’ll try this method of spreading the word. just be sure to het them good and wet or it wont knock them down. i use it in the house too. i have a lung disease so cant be breathing chemicals in bug repellants etc, i originally found this info via google. happy eradication, lol
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