Mosquitoes are a fact of life here in swampy Florida. Suffering with itchy bites and swelling that last for days is miserable! I grew up using traditional mosquito repellants but have become more interested in finding natural ways to reduce mosquito repellant to reduce the toxic load on my family.
Not only are mosquito bites irritating, but they can also carry serious diseases such as West Nile, chikungunya virus infection and encephalitis.
Here’s some natural ways to help reduce or even prevent mosquito bites.
Essential Oils are a Natural Mosquito Repellant
No matter where you live, if you’re spending time outside in the summer heat and humidity, mosquitoes are going to be around. It’s impossible to avoid mosquitoes completely, but you can keep them from biting you. One way to do this is by using essential oils. Try diluting eucalyptus and lemon essential oils with a carrier oil, then apply it to exposed skin. You can also try other oils such as citronella, tea tree and lavender. Be sure to reapply every couple of hours. If you’d rather not DIY, there are also pre-mixed, kid-safe essential oil blends that you can try.
Try Apple Cider Vinegar
Another natural way to reduce mosquito bites is with apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar of course is all natural and won’t harm your skin, though you might want to test it on a small area first to be sure that you aren’t allergic to it. You can rub it directly on your skin, but if you don’t want to smell like a salad you can also dilute it with water first. And if you try adding apple cider vinegar to your foods and water, you may even build up an odor in your skin that repels mosquitoes and they’ll start to leave you alone.
Use Fans to Keep Mosquitoes Away
Mosquitoes hate wind and breezes, so create some to help keep them away. This is because the wind makes it hard for them to fly. If you have some outside electric outlets such as your patio, you might want to consider bringing some fans outside to blow in various directions close to where you are. This should help to keep the mosquitoes in the yard and away from the patio.
Electronic Insect Killer
We use an electronic insect killer in our yard. They’re a great way to rid your yard area of biting, annoying insect pests without harming the environment. It operates for just pennies a day and is low maintenance.
Incorporate plants into your landscaping that are natural mosquito repellants. Varieties to check out include lemongrass, marigolds, lavender, rosemary, basil, geraniums and lemon balm. If you have pets, always check to see if the plants that you’re thinking about using are pet friendly.
Mosquito bites are not usually harmful, but they can cause burning and itching of the area. Apply something cooling to the area if you do get bit, such as essential oils or aloe vera gel.
Do you have a favorite natural mosquito bite remedy?
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