Mosquitoes are not only pesky, but they can also be dangerous, carrying diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and Zika Virus. While it is tempting to stay indoors to avoid mosquito bites, there is nothing better than enjoying the great outdoors on a beautiful summer evening. In this article, we will discuss some tried and tested methods to help you repel mosquitoes outside and keep those annoying bugs at bay.
Understanding the Mosquito
Before we delve into how to repel mosquitoes outside, it’s important to understand the nature and behavior of mosquitoes. First of all, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, which we all exhale. They also like warm and humid weather and are most active during dawn and dusk. Finally, mosquitoes are attracted to certain scents and odors, including the smell of sweat and products containing fragrances.
Use Chemical-free Mosquito Repellents
Mosquito repellents containing harsh chemicals like DEET (N,N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) and picaridin can be harmful to humans and pets if overused or applied incorrectly. Instead, try using natural alternatives like lemongrass, citronella oil, or lavender oil. Simply mix a few drops with a carrier oil like coconut oil and apply it to your skin to repel mosquitoes.
Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent Candles
You can also make your own mosquito repellent candles using essential oils. To make these candles, you will need:
|Beeswax Pellets||1 Cup|
|Coconut Oil||1/2 Cup|
|Citronella Essential Oil||30 Drops|
|Lavender Essential Oil||20 Drops|
Melt beeswax in a double boiler over medium heat. Once melted, add coconut oil and essential oils, and stir the mixture for 2 minutes. Pour the mixture into a container, insert a wick, and let it cool for 4 hours. Your homemade mosquito repellent candle is ready to use!
Use Mosquito Nets and Screens
Covering yourself and your sleeping area with mosquito nets is an effective way to repel mosquitoes. You can also use screens on your doors and windows to keep mosquitoes out of your house.
Clean Up Your Yard
Mosquitoes love stagnant water, so you should eliminate any standing water in your yard by fixing leaks, getting rid of old tires, and draining any water that may have pooled after a rainstorm. You can also landscape your yard with plants that naturally repel mosquitoes. Some of these plants include citronella, lavender, marigold, and rosemary.
The clothes you wear can also help prevent mosquito bites. Avoid wearing dark clothes, as mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors. Wear loose-fitting clothing that covers most of your skin. If you’re planning on being outside during the evening, wear long pants and long sleeves to keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
Use Mosquito Repellent Clothing
You can also invest in mosquito repellent clothing, which is designed to keep mosquitoes away. These clothes are treated with insecticides that repel insects, and they are safe for humans and pets to wear.
Here are some additional tips to keep mosquitoes away:
- Stay indoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Keep your home cool and dry, as mosquitoes thrive in warm, damp areas.
- Avoid using scented products like perfumes, lotions, and hair sprays that can attract mosquitoes.
- Use a mosquito zapper or trap to kill mosquitoes in your yard.
- Q: How do I know if a mosquito repellent is safe to use?
- A: Look for natural ingredients like essential oils and do your research on the brand to ensure it’s safe for humans and pets.
- Q: Do mosquitoes transmit diseases?
- A: Yes, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like dengue fever, malaria, and Zika Virus.
- Q: How often should I apply mosquito repellent?
- A: This depends on the type of repellent you use. Always refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.