The summer season is associated not only with warmth and long-awaited vacation, but also with the exhausting fight against mosquitoes. Annoying insects are not so harmless: their bites can cause allergic reactions and even dangerous diseases. At the same time, aggressive repellents adversely affect health and can lead to insomnia, mood swings and impaired cognitive function. But there are many alternative ways to stop using hazardous chemicals.
- Choose the right clothes
To prevent mosquitoes from spoiling a pleasant summer evening, pay attention to what you wear. It is better to give preference to outfits of light shades (especially shiny like nylon or satin) without extra cuts, bright floral prints are also acceptable.
But dark fabrics (black, blue) are not suitable for evening walks: such clothes emit more thermal energy, due to which it attracts insects.
Some plants have the beneficial property of deterring insects, including mosquitoes. Plant in the garden or even on the windowsill lemongrass, lavender, marigolds, lemon balm, catnip, peppermint, basil or citronella.
From these plants, you can also collect bouquets and put them overnight in the bedroom. Smells will repel mosquitoes no less effectively than special plates.
- Use essential oils
Essential oils are a great helper in the fight against insects. They can be poured into a diffuser, which will gently spray the product around the room. In the form of microparticles, the oil remains in the air for a long time. Pleasant aromas and the destruction of pathogens will be pleasant bonuses.
If you are opposed to using a diffuser, take a bath with essential oils. But do not forget that they must first be dissolved in base oil or in a pinch of salt. Otherwise, skin burns may occur.
Some of the most effective mosquito control oils are lemongrass, basil, geranium, cloves, tea tree, thyme, rosemary, citronella and eucalyptus.
- Make a fire
This method is one of the most effective and reliable for outdoor recreation, especially in the evening.
Mosquitoes and other insects avoid smoke: like all living things, they need oxygen to breathe, and therefore they shy away from smoke sources. In addition, the smell of burning wood interrupts the body aroma, which is so attractive to mosquitoes.
For maximum protection, it is recommended to use natural materials containing essential oils as a smoldering base. It can be dry herbs. Bonfire should be smoky. To do this, you must first build a strong fire, and then throw it with a base that will smolder for a long time.
- Find the reason
If lately there are more mosquitoes than usual, think about what could have caused the invasion of insects. Have you cleaned a fountain, a pool or a pond in a front garden for a long time? Was the vase of flowers stagnating in the room, or was the wet bottom in a bucket on the balcony?
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water or moist soil. Therefore, in the summer it is worth covering the trash containers, timely cleaning of children’s pools and emptying the containers for liquids.
6. Install grids on windows
Mosquito nets on windows are inexpensive, easy to install, quickly cleaned and do not spoil the interior. And most importantly – they help protect households from mosquitoes without resorting to chemicals.
For 15 years (2000–2015), mosquito nets prevented nearly 451 million cases of malaria.
For more reliable protection, choose designs with the smallest mesh size. It can be the Anti-Dust, Anti-Pollen nets.
Bonus: what to do if mosquitoes still bite
If you still can’t protect yourself from mosquito bites, use one of the proven recommendations:
apply a little table vinegar to the wound;
lubricate the bite with saline;
grind a tablet of aspirin, mix the resulting powder with water, apply to the affected area;
squeeze a small amount of toothpaste into the bite;
the main thing is not to comb the wound.
What mosquito repellents do you most often use?
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