5 Natural And Effective Mosquito Repellents

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Mosquitoes are those annoying pests we try to get rid of, and which are also known to cause a host of diseases. While there are a number of chemical repellents available in the market, most of them cause allergic reactions and other harmful side effects. Not to mention the extremely strong smell and gases that some emanate.

If you’ve ever wondered how to get rid of the mosquitoes without suffering through the smell or side effects, we’ve got some easy options. Here are a few simpler and healthier ways to get rid of mosquitoes and keep them out.

1. Neem Oil:  A great, natural mosquito repellent, neem oil has been scientifically proven to keep mosquitoes at bay, especially when mixed in a 1:1 ratio with coconut oil [1]. Being a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-protozoal agent, neem lends your skin a particular smell that helps wards off mosquitoes.

How To Use The Mixture: Mix neem oil and coconut oil in equal portions and massage it on all exposed parts of your body. It will be effective for about eight hours.

2. Eucalyptus And Lemon Oil: Both lemon oil and eucalyptus oil contain the active component cineole, which have antiseptic and insect-repellent properties when applied to the skin, making it such an excellent mosquito repellent that even the CDC recommends it!

How To Use The Mixture: Mix lemon oil and eucalyptus oil in equal proportions and use it on your body.

3. Camphor: Known as one of the most effective mosquito repellents, even when compared to other natural products, camphor has the longest mosquito repellent powers[2]. Whats more, inhaling the fumes of camphor is not harmful for your health and is known to help clear up your sinus.

How To Use:  Light camphor in a room and close all doors and windows. Leave it this way for about fifteen to twenty minutes and go back to a mosquito free environment.

4. Tulsi: Considered holy by many, the tulsi plant is also a perfect mosquito repellent. It has properties that help get rid of mosquitoes from your home and prevent them from coming back as well. Tulsi is also known to be extremely effective in killing mosquito larva[3], thereby preventing them from breeding.

How To Use: Simply plant a tulsi plant outside your window to keep mosquitoes away.

5. Garlic: It does smell terrible, but that’s a good thing, as mosquitoes seem to agree too! Studies have shown that garlic can help keep those critters away and prevent them from entering your home.

How To Use: Crush a few pods of garlic and boil them in water. Spray this solution in the room you want to keep mosquito free. If you’re the adventurous type (or really hate mosquitoes), you could also spray it on yourself to avoid being bitten.

6. Tea Tree Oil: Its odour, antifungal and antibacterial properties help prevent mosquitoes from biting you and drive them away.

How To Use: You could either massage some tea tree oil on your skin or add a few drops of the same to a vaporizer, so that its fragrance spreads around your home and repels mosquitoes.

7. Mint: According to a study [4] published recently, mint oil and the mint extract work wonderfully as indoor mosquito repellents.

How To Use: Add a few drops to a vaporizer to help fill the room with the scent of mint, or apply the oil on your body. If you don’t have mint extract you could also mix a bit of mint-flavoured mouthwash with some water and spray it around your home.

8. Lavender: The scent of this flower is  fragrant to us humans, but it renders mosquitoes inactive, making them unable to bite. [5]

How To Use: You could apply it on your skin by mixing it into your favourite cream.

9. Citronella: An essential oil extracted from citronella grass, its oil is  known to prevent mosquito bites extremely efficiently. [6]

How To Use: Add a few drops of citronella oil to a vaporizer to help keep mosquitoes away.

10. Plant trees: It is a common belief that trees and shrubs tend to attract mosquitoes, but this is not entirely true. All you need to consider is planting the right kind of trees – such as tulsi, mint, marigold, lemon, neem and citronella grass.

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References:

  1. Sharma, V. P., Ansari, M. A., & Razdan, R. K. (1993). Mosquito repellent action of neem (Azadirachta indica) oil. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association9(3), 359-360.
  2. Chokechaijaroenporn, O., Bunyapraphatsara, N., & Kongchuensin, S. (1994). Mosquito repellent activities of Ocimum volatile oils. Phytomedicine1(2), 135-139.
  3. Chaudhari Priyanka, S., Chaudhari, S. V., & Jangam Sampada, S. J. (2013). HERBAL CONTROL OF MOSQUITO LARVAE. International Journal of Bioassays2(05), 794-798.
  4. Ansari, M. A., Vasudevan, P., Tandon, M., & Razdan, R. K. (2000). Larvicidal and mosquito repellent action of peppermint (Mentha piperita) oil. Bioresource Technology71(3), 267-271.
  5. Nerio, L. S., Olivero-Verbel, J., & Stashenko, E. (2010). Repellent activity of essential oils: a review.Bioresource Technology,101(1), 372-378.
  6. Fradin, M. S., & Day, J. F. (2002). Comparative efficacy of insect repellents against mosquito bites.New England Journal of Medicine,347(1), 13-18

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