remedies for mosquitoes

Home Remedies for Mosquitoes

Who hasn’t been bitten by mosquitoes? These tiny pests are unwelcome evening visitors in every home! Try eco-friendly methods to get rid of these pests.

The mosquito menace has triggered a whole industry that manufactures repellents in various forms. While these chemically-laden solutions may have instant effect, they are neither long-lasting nor entirely safe. Switch to home remedies for controlling mosquitoes. You will reduce the chances of diseases like malaria, dengue, chikungunya and the like that caused by mosquitoes. You will also protect the environment by going green with homemade remedies.

Some home remedies for mosquitoes are:

Neem oil: Mix neem oil with coconut oil in equal measures. Rub this on your body and you will repel mosquitoes for at least eight hours. The antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-protozoal agent in neem emanates a smell that keeps away mosquitoes.

Camphor: Camphor is known to have the longest capacity to act as a mosquito repellent. Lighting camphor in a room with closed doors and windows for about 15 minutes will enable you to enjoy a mosquito-free surrounding.

Coffee grounds: Stagnant water near houses are the likeliest places for mosquitoes to breed and multiply. Sprinkling coffee powder on the water will kill the mosquito eggs before they hatch and hence prevent breeding.

Eucalyptus and lemon oil: Mix equal quantities of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil and apply on your skin. It is one of the most natural mosquito repellents and is extremely effective as well. A component called cineole in the oils trigger insect-repellent properties when applied on the skin.

Tulsi: Tulsi, is a wonderfully natural way to keep mosquitoes away. By placing a tulsi plant near your window or in front of your door, you will inhibit the entry of mosquitoes into your house as the smell of tulsi repels them.

Mint: The smell of mint is not just a natural relaxant, it is also very effective as a mosquito repellent. You can use mint in any form, as a vaporizer spray, as a body oil or in its natural form grown in your herb garden.

Lavender: Another natural room freshener that doubles up as a mosquito repellent is lavender. The smell of lavender is so strong and powerful that mosquitoes are rendered helpless. You can spray lavender oil or rub it on your skin to ward off mosquitoes.

Rosemary: When you are planning an outdoor event, mosquitoes can be a great party pooper. Tackle this issue by sprinkling rosemary or placing a few stalks of the herb on your burner or barbecue grill. You will not just have a mosquito repellent, your food will also take on a delicious flavor and aroma.