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Monday, August 20, 2018

Keep Mosquitos Away

Mosquitoes are small and tiny creatures. The nuisance that they are is only the start of it as these insects can cause several dangerous and fatal diseases. Malaria and yellow fever are among the diseases that can be caused by mosquitoes. Mosquito bites are itchy and painful and the market to help stop the discomfort left from mosquitoes is full of remedies. Many of the popular remedies help make your surroundings mosquito free but leave negative effects on the environment. 

There are a number of ways to get rid of mosquitoes. Citronella candles have been used to rid the area of those pesky little biters. But, has the thought of using garlic powder to spring on the ground to help guard against mosquitoes ever cross your mind?? This post will take a look at riding our area from those tiny little pests known as mosquitoes. 

One of the best ways to protect our yard is to make sure that our lawn is mowed and there is no free standing water. Other proven ways that can easily be obtained and not harm our atmosphere include:

  • Dry ice, while humans exhale carbon dioxide it attracts mosquitoes. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and will evaporate into gas as it melts. Keep a dish of dry ice it will attract the little pest. Simply place a cloth over the dish and trap the bugs in , killing them. 
  • Coffee grounds is something that many may have around the house, sprinkling coffee grounds in stagnant water near your home will force mosquito eggs to the surface. This will deprive the eggs of oxygen, killing the eggs before they have the opportunity to hatch. 
  • Garlic also makes a good mosquito repellent. Simply crush a few cloves of garlic and boil in water. Pour the water in spray bottle and squirt in room. Eating garlic will also help prevent mosquitos as well rubbing garlic on your skin
  • Mint is another fragrant that mosquitoes do not like. Fresh mint, mint oil, or mint extracts to keep mosquitoes away. Pour mint oil into a spray bottle and use as a fumigator, or apply mint to any exposed part of body. 
  • Rosemary naturally repels mosquitoes. Burn a few stalks of rosemary, the aroma will drive off the pest. 

Bug Be Gone Spray Recipe

In a empty and clean spray bottle fill 1/2 with distilled water. Then continue to fill with witch hazel. Finally, add 60 drops of essential oils. Shake well, 

Help your yard stay mosquito free
As, I stated earlier mosquitoes hate the scent of citronella, rosemary, catnip, mint, marigolds, basil, lemongrass and garlic. So these are exactly the plants that you want to plant in your yard and garden. 
Keep yard free of standing water. Make sure that animal dishes and birdbaths are clean and fresh 
Make sure to weed your yard and garden, trim bushes and keep the yard mowed. 
Use bird houses , especially purple martin houses, to decorate the yard. BIrds eat mosquitoes and will help rid your yard of them

We all know that fans are useful in the summer months but did you know they can help with mosquito problem as well. The fan blades when in motion attract the mosquitos but when they get near they are sucked up by air and killed by blades. Thus, placing fans on covered porches, gazebos and other outside areas is a great idea. 

When in nature it is almost impossible not to get any bites so what to do if you are bit by a mosquito?? Here are some ideas
  • apply ice to the area that appears as it may be swollen
  • Spray apple cider vinegar on the area to ease itch and pain
  • used tea bag will help reduce redness and itching
  • make a paste of baking soda and water to rub on the bite. The mixture will draw out the itch
  • mint leaves will help reduce itching 
  • placing a banana slice on your bite will help ease pain
  • aloe vera will help reduce redness and swelling

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