Summer is here, and with it, so are those pesky mosquitoes. But who wants to douse themselves in toxic bug spray, leaving behind that smelly, sticky residue, making you feel like you need a shower? Not me, and probably not you either. That's why I'm here to share some natural solutions to keep those mosquitoes away. With these natural solutions, you don’t have to worry about exposing yourself or your family to dangerous chemicals when enjoying your backyard or outdoor activities
Essential oils are a fantastic natural way to repel mosquitoes. Plus, they smell amazing. Citronella, lemongrass, lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint oils are some common ones. Palo Santo, Blue Cypress, and kunzea are powerful, but less known. You can use a diffuser to release these oils into the air, spray them on your hair, clothing, or skin, or apply them topically to your skin. Citronella is well known for its mosquito-repelling properties and has a fresh, lemony scent. But if you don't like the smell, you can blend it with other oils to mellow it out. Lavender has a pleasant floral aroma, and can help relieve itchiness from mosquito bites. Eucalyptus and Peppermint oils have a refreshing, minty smell
You can mix and match oils to create your own custom mosquito repellent spray by grabbing a spray bottle that is 4-8oz in size, mix 20-40 drops of essential oil with water, a splash of vodka, and voila! Spray away those mosquitoes in style.. My favorite company for the best quality essential oils has some amazing insect repellent wipes for rubbing on exposed skin. I like to use them along with my tried and true spray recipe you can grab HERE to spray on clothing and hair.
Aside from essential oils, did you know that soundwave devices can also repel mosquitoes? This watch emits high-frequency sound that creates an invisible shield that keeps mosquitoes away without disrupting the peace and quiet you deserve outdoors. Mosquitoes are close-range hunters and rely heavily on their sense of smell. They detect carbon dioxide, heat, and sweat, which all come from our human body. However, they also react to sound. This Soundwave watch emits a frequency that mosquitoes find annoying, forcing them to scram. It works wonders on mosquitoes. All you have to do is wear it, and you're good to go! No mess, no fuss, and no bites. It also has 850 other self care health supporting frequencies, so it’s definitely worth checking out. Use coupon code SAVY100 to get $100 off!
If you want to avoid bug bites when sleeping, use a mosquito net like THIS. A mosquito net is a mesh canopy that covers your bed, preventing mosquitoes from reaching you. They are common in tropical countries and have been proven to reduce the chances of malaria transmission. You can also spray the net with essential oils like citronella or lavender to enhance its mosquito-repelling properties and support a restful slumber.
4. Using a Fan:
Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so if you place a fan like this in your outdoor area, it will help repel them. It might not be the most practical solution for all situations, but it can create a cooling breeze on a hot summer day.
5. Avoiding Certain Scents:
Just as mosquitoes are repelled by certain scents, they are also attracted to certain scents. Avoid wearing perfume or scented body products, especially floral and fruity scents that attract mosquitoes. Instead, opt for unscented body products or natural perfumes made with the essential oils listed above. Why not let nature's scent do the work for you?
6. Wear Protective Clothing:
Okay, this may be the most stylish solution. And, it's a practical one! Wearing long-sleeved shirts, jeans, and closed-toe shoes or boots can help protect your body from mosquitoes. Plus, it doubles as sun protection! I found THESE to be super cute and a nice, cool material.
7. It's all about the herbs
Mosquitoes are not fans of certain herbs, such as basil, rosemary, and lavender, or citronella that is also called a mosquito geranium. Plant some of these herbs in your garden or on your balcony, and they'll emit a beautiful aroma and add some aesthetic appeal while they keep the mosquitoes away. You can also use these fresh herbs in a pesto sauce and add it to your pasta. Not only will it make your dish delish, but it'll also keep the mosquitoes at bay. (can you tell I like multi-function?)
8. Eat your repellent
Yes, that’s right. Eating certain foods can repel mosquitoes. Foods that contain vitamin B, such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and leafy greens, are known to repel mosquitoes. Consuming garlic, onions, and apple cider vinegar may also help. While these foods won't necessarily keep mosquitoes away, they can reduce the number of mosquito bites you receive by making your blood unappealing to mosquitoes. I actually take THIS Vitamin B Complex Supplement to support a happy mood, good energy levels, and cycle-related issues. I love that it doubles in aiding in pest control too.
9. Eliminate Standing Water Sources
Lastly, keep your surroundings clean and eliminate any standing water sources. They’re a favorite breeding spot for mosquitoes. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water sources, so make sure to drain any collected water in pots, vases, or other containers. You can also plant mosquito-repelling herbs like basil, lavender, and lemongrass around these areas to ward off the insects.
There you have it, 9 natural ways to repel mosquitoes using essential oils, a soundwave watch and some other great tips. You can now enjoy your outdoor picnics and evening strolls without worrying about those pesky bugs or compromising your health with stinky sprays. Remember to stay hydrated, cover up with light-colored clothing, and avoid heavily scented perfumes and lotions. Not only are these tips safe and healthy, but they're also pleasant-smelling and easy to incorporate into your lifestyle. Here's to a mosquito-free summer!
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