Natural Mosquito Remedies
Mosquitos suck. Literally. And on top of siphoning the blood out of your body, they can spread nasty diseases. That’s why it’s important to take steps to make sure you keep them at bay, without covering yourself or your loved ones in DEET, if possible. Here are some tips to get you prepared!
Make your own bug spray
There are lots of home recipes for mosquito and bug repellent out there, but the most effective, commonly available natural ingredient is lemon eucalyptus oil. According to Center for Disease Control, it’s been shown to be as effective as DEET for short periods of time. There are loads of homemade recipes out there, but the best combination to use is one of water, witch hazel, and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
Plant bug-repellant plants and herbs
Certain plants will repel mosquitos, like lavender, basil, and lemon thyme. In order to be effective in the height of mosquito season, however, you’ll need to plant more than just one or two. On the plus side, you can use these herbs in cooking, cocktails, or making your own aromatic spray!
Dump out standing water
In Florida, wherever there is still or standing water, there will be mosquitos. They need water in order for their larvae to hatch and grow, and hundreds of larvae can be laid in a container as small as a coffee can. Don’t overlook anything that might be used as a breeding ground for mosquitos, as getting rid of their habitat is the best way to get rid of them.
Wear clothing that covers your arms and legs
You might protest that it’s too hot to wear pants and long sleeves, but clothing offers great protection against both sun and bugs. And, you don’t ever have to reapply it! Synthetic fabrics like polyester or rayon are lightweight and breathable while still offering protection, also some bloodthirsty insects are bound to get through depending on how long you plan on being in a mosquito-prone area. Thicker shirts and pants that are still synthetic offer the best compromise between keeping cool and keeping bugs at bay.