I believe the majority of people would agree that mosquitoes are probably one of the most annoying pests on the planet, right along with flies.
They can drive you absolutely crazy with that buzzing sound they make when hovering around your ear.
Once they set a goal of feeding on your blood, they are relentless in their pursuit, no matter how many times you try to swap them away.
Needless to say that mosquitoes are not welcomed, like pretty little hummer birds are.
We do not want them around us, period!
Mosquitoes are very common pests. You would be hard pressed to find any area in North America and many other parts of the world that does not have to deal with these pesky little critters.
Often, mosquitoes are nothing more than an annoyance. But other times, they can bring more serious problems.
Some individuals have severe reactions to mosquito bites. Other times, mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue and malaria that can become serious and even life threatening very quickly.
If you’re looking for some simple ways to control mosquitoes, you’re going to discover five that you can begin using today.
Let’s check them out…
1)) Remove Standing Water
As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine. One of the best things you can do to keep mosquitoes from taking over your home and living space is to make the environment less hospitable toward them.
A key step in prevention is to make sure that you do not have any standing water around your home.
Mosquito eggs need water in order to hatch, so ponds, water features, small puddles, buckets, and even a water-filled bird feeder can create a haven for them.
Regularly dump and disturb standing water in order to prevent giving mosquitoes what they need to multiply.
2)) Citronella Essential Oil
When you wish to spend a relaxing evening outdoors and are pestered continually by your little flying friends, give the essential oil of citronella a try.
This oil can be found in outdoor candles, and if you are the crafty type of individual, you can even make your own.
This repels mosquitoes and helps make outdoor gatherings bearable.
3)) Essential Oil Spray
Citronella is not the only essential oil that helps get rid of these pests. You can create your own spray out of a variety of essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, tea tree, geranium, and lemongrass.
Add several drops of each to a spray bottle and fill the remainder with water.
Spritz the area around your home with this mixture often when you are outside.
Who knew that an odor that often bothers humans can bother mosquitoes too? Raw garlic is a great way to keep mosquitoes away from your home.
Crush a few garlic cloves, boil them in water, and put this mixture into a spray bottle.
Spray it around outside your home just as you would the essential oil spray to keep unwanted guests from inhabiting your living space.
5)) Outdoor Plants
Shrubs can be a great way to keep mosquitoes far away from where you reside. Plants such as marigold and mint can create an atmosphere that mosquitoes want no part of.
Surround your home with these plants and you will see the protection they offer.
By the way, the mint plants can serve multiple purposes:
- Repels pesky mosquitoes
- May relieve stomach issues (e.g. indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, etc.)
- Help mask bad breath
- Improve brain function
- And many more
Mint plants are very low maintenance, and usually only require some watering.
I bet you didn’t know how powerful a simple mint plant could be!
Mosquitoes are quite literally a pain, but there are many ways to keep them at bay. Avoid reaching for toxic chemicals, as many have been linked to health problems for the old and young alike.
When the weather is beautiful, and the time of year brings you into mosquito season, keep these 5 amazing natural methods as your secret weapons to fight these pests.
You will be thankful that you can live without both mosquitoes and dangerous repellents, and can now be left to enjoy the most beautiful times of year the way you are entitled to.
You now have 5 ways to win the war against mosquitoes!