Natural Ways to Battle Pesky Mosquitoes

 

Fans
Mosquitoes are very light little bugs. A fan even one only blowing at a speed of 3 klm/hr is overpowering to a mosquito. So place fans around your deck or patio to create a good bug-free
breeze going…the moving air helps cool off guests too!  

   

 

Natural Insect Sprays
Herbal Armor was voted "Best of the Year" by National Geographic and is made with five natural essential oils. Its DEET free so its worth the try, apply before heading outside and reapply every two hours.

 

Remove Standing Water Around your Property
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, meaning more little mosquitoes. Limit the number of mosquitoes on your property by clearing your gutters of clogs, filling in sunken parts of your lawn, and regularly changing the water in your bird bath or kiddie pool.

 

Garlic
It’s not just for Vampire’s anymore! Yes, really! Mix one part garlic juice with five parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and mist yourself as needed. Garlic makes an effective natural mosquito repellant

 

 

Put Lemon Grass in your Garden and Deck Planters
Thai lemon grass is a beautiful perennial and contains citronella oil, which has a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitoes to find you. Plant some on your property wherever your family and friends like to hang out.

 

Catnip Oil
The essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Catnip oil-based insect repellant does a good job of protecting exposed skin, although you may get some unwanted attention from some furry pets.

 

How to Dress
Some species of mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like black, blue, and red and they are all attracted to heat. So stay cool by wearing lighter colors. But be sure to try to keep covered if outside before dawn or after dusk. Another worthwhile preventative measure is to avoid wearing scented perfumes or lotions.

 

Outdoor Lighting
Mosquitoes are attracted to light, but not all kinds of light—just some. Opt for LEDs, yellow "bug lights", or sodium lamps as opposed to regular bulbs for outdoor lighting. Especially around doorways, it should help reduce the number of mosquitoes swarming as you go in and out of the house in the evening.

 

 

Build a Bat House
A bat can eat hundreds of insects, mosquitoes included, in an hour’s time. Purchase or build a bat house, hang it in a well-ventilated area, and let those web-winged creatures do their thing. This option is not for everyone, it means bats flying around, which some people may not be comfortable with and you must have the right place for the boxes. Bat boxes should be placed, where bats have been known to feed, at least 4 or 5 meters from the ground and sheltered from strong winds and long periods of direct sunlight.          

 

 

.... this blog was written after reading numerous articles and tips from other bloggers, I have taken the most popular ideas, the ones reccommended the most and put those ideas here. Good Luck!

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