Chemical Free Mosquito Control

Do you love the protection of chemical mosquito repellents, but hate the smell and toxicity?

It’s not always comfortable knowing the same chemicals that help us stay bite free are also toxic to our families and pets.

If you prefer the safety and health of your family with bite protection, here are some bug spray alternatives to consider:

Smell Herby

Essential oils that combat mosquitoes:

  • thyme
  • basil
  • geranium
  • peppermint
  • clove
  • lemongrass
  • eucalyptus

Oils can also be diluted in carrier oil (almond, jojoba, grape seed, vegetable ,coconut) and rubbed on skin.

If you don’t feel comfortable spraying essential oil solutions, are pregnant or nursing, or if your skin reacts to pure oils, a diluted spray works just as well.

For an easy DEET free repellent mix a few drops of essential oil with distilled water in a spray bottle. Spray your surrounding area and clothes. Essential oil repellent durations varies with the type of oil, but ranges from two to seven hours.

Another option is to use the oils in candles for outdoor burning. If you don’t like the scent of citronella candles, the above list provides plenty alternative naturally scented candles to purchase. If you feel up to it, you can even try making your own candles with essential oils.

Eat

A study done by Colorado State University in India confirmed garlic as a successful mosquito deterrent. In the study individuals applied a paste of beeswax, coconut oil, and garlic oil directly on their skin to keep away mosquitoes. The paste worked successfully for eight hours. The study also suggests eating garlic will successfully keep mosquitoes at bay.  If you don’t like the taste of it though, there’s still hope. Try garlic infused garden sprays instead. If you like Italian food, this shouldn’t be a problem.

Grapefruit is also considered to reduce mosquito attraction to humans.  Eat up or rub grapefruit essential oil on the bottoms of your feet so it circulates your system.

Rest

That’s an easy one, right?

Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide which is emitted as we breathe and even more as we sweat.  To lessen your chances of being bitten don’t exercise while outside from dusk and into the night.

Avoid Smelling Like a Flower

With the exception of geranium oil, you are more prone to mosquito bites if you have traces of floral fragrance on your body. Beware of floral shampoos, perfumes, and hairsprays which may lure those blood suckers straight to you!

Dress Light

Wearing light colors will make you less visible to mosquitoes as they are drawn to dark objects.

Whatever method you choose, be sure to beat the bugs as they carry diseases and are just plain old party poopers.

Be safe!

References:

http://www.news.colostate.edu/Release/390

http://www.experience-essential-oils.com/natural-mosquito-repellent.html

http://www.webmd.com/allergies/features/are-you-mosquito-magnet

 

 

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