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Natural Solutions for a Mosquito-Free Summer

Natural Solutions for a Mosquito-Free Summer

Nicole Barnes |

Summer is just around the corner, and that means so are the mosquitoes. If you’re one of the few lucky folks who doesn’t have an itchy reaction to these little bloodsuckers, send this post to a pal who is afflicted. Discouraging and preventing mosquitoes from biting is step one to avoid those annoying bumps, especially in damp and heavily forested areas. Here are a few ways you can deter these suckers without aerosols or leaving traces of harmful chemicals. 

Essential Oils: Certain essential oils have mosquito-repelling properties. Some of the most effective ones include peppermint, eucalyptus, cedarwood, and lemongrass. Murphy’s Naturals mosquito repellent uses these oils to keep mosquitoes away. As an added bonus, this type of repellant, in a balm or spray, smells great, is plant based, and DEET free.  

Citronella: Citronella is a popular natural mosquito repellent derived from the oils of lemongrass plants. You can use citronella candles, torches, or oil lamps to create a barrier of scent that mosquitoes find unpleasant. Alternatively, you can apply a spray or balm that includes citronella oil directly to your skin.

Mosquito-Repellent Plants: Planting certain herbs and flowers around your home or campsite can help repel mosquitoes naturally. Examples of mosquito-repellent plants include citronella grass, lavender, basil, lemon balm, marigolds, garlic and rosemary. Not only do these plants deter mosquitoes, but they also add beauty and fragrance to your outdoor space.

Neem Oil: Neem oil, extracted from the seeds of the neem tree, has insecticidal and repellent properties. It disrupts the growth and reproduction of mosquitoes, making it an effective natural repellent. You can dilute neem oil with a carrier oil and apply it to your skin or mix it with water to create a spray for your clothing or outdoor area. Neem isn’t the best smelling substance, so if the scent dissuades you, opt for a more pleasant-smelling alternative. 

With an arsenal of natural repelling tips, you can be more prepared for the inevitable arrival of mosquitoes. Natural options provide a safer alternative to harsh chemicals, which is better for your skin and the environment. Whether you choose to light a citronella candle, plant some lavender, or apply a peppermint oil balm, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a mosquito-free summer. Embrace these natural solutions and make the most of your time outdoors.