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Mosquito Repellent Plants – Backed by Research

Certain plants can protect your house from mosquitoes!

Is it not ironic that while water accumulated around plants can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, there are unique plants that can naturally keep away these same mosquitoes?

All of us love a dash of greenery – I am sure whether it is a lush green garden or a hill – the green stuff always catches our eyes, and we linger over it for a more extended period. Now that it has been established that we all love the soothing calming effect of plants, we should read more on what kind of plants can keep away mosquitoes and more importantly for the curious mind – how do we use these plants to keep mosquitoes away?

It is simple – the smell!

No, no, not the kind of smell which makes are nose crinkle and makes us want to cover our nose. With these plants there are natural fragrances that are emanated which wafts through your garden – this very fragrance can keep repelling mosquitoes.
These fragrances are more subtle unlike the strong chemical odour from the sprays or insecticides and hence have to be strategically placed nearby the seating areas or near the entrance of the house so the mosquitoes do not enter the house why there are plants which can be placed inside the house as well.

Since we are on the topic of smell, ever wondered why we humans attract mosquitoes? We humans breathe in oxygen and emit carbon dioxide. The carbon dioxide emits a smell which combined with the smell of a sweat from warm human bodies is the root cause of us being bitten by mosquitoes.

Related Article – Neem Oil & Camphor for Mosquitoes – Is it Effective?

Now we shall go back to the chemical-free solutions and natural method to keep mosquitoes away from your home, plants! Few of the plants mentioned below emanate a soothing scent. So, all in all, the plants are a feast for your eyes, nose, and skin (no more mosquito bites). Hey some of them also double up as a quick supply for herbs for cooking.

Many such plants are readily available at a nearby nursery as a sapling or as seeds on any online store.

Lavender 

Lavender PlantThe moment we hear Lavender – we can be immediately feeling a soothing effect set upon us and why so – because of the lovely fragrance it emanates. We have mostly seen Lavender oils, soaps and room fresheners but in its raw form – Lavender is known to hinder a mosquito’s ability to smell. Remember, I told you that mosquitoes know where you are because of the smell our bodies emit. 

In terms of maintenance, the plant is low maintenance as all it requires is the sun and good drainage. The plant is robust and can adapt to all climates, but it thrives in warmer climates such as India. 

There are a couple of pointers to keep in mind while growing Lavender at home; since the plant is a hardy perennial type of plant – it is best grown in containers in case you have a roof-top or balcony. Grow it along the borders if you have a garden space. Keep it out in the sun, and no additional toppings required to the soil, regular soil will do. 

Another advantage of this plant is that the fragrance calms the mind after a long day at work, and also can be used in your daily cuppa of herbal tea! 

Just because Lavender has so many benefits, do not just pot and plant Lavender outside homes, mix and match with the following plants as well for maximum benefit in this tough fight against mosquitoes. 

Marigolds

Marigold flower top angleThese plants are typically found in Indian houses as Marigold flowers are often used as offerings to deities during several festivals. Interestingly, in addition, to be a treat to eyes with their flowers, Marigold plants emit a fragrance which deters the presence of mosquitoes in its vicinity.

Interestingly this flower can also be used in any form of soups or salad as it adds a citrusy taste to the dish.

Scientifically speaking, Marigolds has an ingredient known as Pyrethrum which is found in many insect repellents, and it is this ingredient that keeps the bugs away, including mosquitoes.

And hey, nothing makes a garden attractive than having these flowers in the garden or just potted across the terrace as these plants have plenty of flowers when they bloom, either in a bright, cheerful yellow, sunny orange or soothing red.

Marigolds are an annual plant and can be quickly grown in pots and strategically placed near the entrance of the house or near the garden seating area to keep mosquitoes and other pesky bugs away. Why place them next to the windows, if the windowsill is wide enough.

In terms of maintenance, the plant would need full sunlight and fertile soil. The seeds are also inexpensive and even better, the existing plant will provide seeds for potting more Marigold plants.

Lemon Grass

In India, this plant is commonly called as Lemon Grass and is quite well known for its lemony flavour which is added to teas and for some aware “MasterChef’s”, even for making Thai green curry pastes. Sorry, this plant is one of my favourite plants in my terrace garden and is highly recommended for its low upkeep and high benefits in keeping not only mosquitoes but other forms of pests also away

Just like Lavender, Lemongrass is mostly used in therapeutic oils and scented candles. Nevertheless, most of us would not be aware of this beautiful clumpy plant which has a strong refreshing lemony smell that can mask the smell of humans. 

As mentioned earlier, the plant is low maintenance, overgrows up to 5 feet high, or even more. They are available as seeds or buy a sapling from a nursery store and pot it near your window or entrance to the house as the lemony fragrance of this plant keeps the mosquitoes away. Like other plants, Lemongrass also needs well-drained soil and sun! 

The easy maintenance and its ability to keep mosquitoes away is the reason why experienced gardeners easily recollect it as a mosquito repellant plant. 

Scented Geraniums

Since we are talking about how lemony fragrances keep mosquitoes away, another anti-mosquito plant is Scented geraniums which again brings about a lemony fragrance to your garden. This lemony fragrance keeps mosquitoes and even flies away from plants and house. 

Scented geraniums possess a bit of citronella oil which is the reason the plant has a way of repelling mosquitoes from your house. 

Also, they have a beautiful bloom which is a pleasing sight to the eyes. This plant and its flowers also attract butterflies, so double bonanza or should I say triple bonanza. It can be either potted in plants or hanging containers and just imagine, when the plant blooms, the sight is a visual treat! 

It is a fast-growing plant, and dwell well in warm, and sunny climates and the upkeep of the plant is minimal as all it requires well-drained soil with very minimal watering. Herein, I would like to highlight while watering this plant, and please ensure the soil is wet and not the leaves. If the plant is over-watered, you might notice the leaves turning yellow and post that the plant can rot. 

Catnip

Catnip can grow anywhere, which only goes to tell you the ease with Catnip plantwhich this plant can be grown at your home to keep mosquitoes away. 

It is from the Mint family and once planted in the garden, it is a runner and will spread to other parts of the garden. In such cases, you may choose to pot it. However, before you decide on the planting method, hear out the benefits it has towards driving mosquitoes away. 

The entomologists at Iowa State University have found that Catnip was ten times effective than DEET, a chemical that is mostly used in insect repellants. Mainly due to an inherent chemical found in Catnip, nepetalactone, which is acts as a durable mosquito repellent but interestingly attracts cats. So, do not be surprised if you see your neighbour’s cat come and rub up and down this plant or better, if you are a cat lover – then its double bonanza, right! 

As a plant, it is easy to grow and maintain. There are instances where people have crushed Catnip leaves and applied it to the body. However, this is not advised for people who do not want to attract cats! Do not tell me; I did not warn you! 

Floss Flower

Ageratum a.k.a Floss Flower is another plant that is a natural and organic solution to “How to Keep Mosquitoes Away from my House”. Floss flower is an annual flower that is a perfect addition to as bedding in a garden or a plain simple container plant in a terrace. The plant has flowers that bloom in a variety of colors, be it blue, pink, purple, and white. 

The plant requires well-drained soil and requires exposure to the sun. Having said this plant is known to thrive in partial shade. 

The plant, Floss Flower, contains a chemical ingredient coumarin which is toxic nature when ingested by pets and humans, but at the same time, it repels mosquitoes. This ingredient is found to be repulsive by mosquitoes and is used in several commercially available mosquito repellants in the market. 

Now enough of only focusing on Mosquito repellant plants, let us also focus on some herbs as well with a dual purpose or sometimes even more than two uses.

Rosemary 

Rosemary is a herb that has a woody scent that keeps mosquitoes and other insects away. This herb thrives in hot and dry climates, and the best part, they do not necessarily require pots; a container is enough. 

In terms of location, you may use it as borders in your garden or in hanging baskets in your terrace—the herb flowers with small, pale-blue flowers which definitely makes it an eye-pleasing addition. Furthermore, the plant is a bonus addition to the garden, as it also attracts butterflies to the garden.

If in case you have a garden and wish to spend some time there in the evening, grab few sprigs of Rosemary and toss it into a fire and the smoke is bound to keep the insects away without any foul smell, but an aromatic smell. 

Hey, I had mentioned these herbs to serve multiple purposes, so whenever you feel like adding some of this woody scent, toss some of it into the cooking. Rosemary is typically used to flavour lamb or fish dishes to give the meat a roasted and woody smell. 

Rosemary can also be trimmed into all sorts of shapes or sizes and used for decoration purposes. By keeping Rosemary in your garden, the pests will stay away from your home, and you can enjoy the herb’s lovely fragrance.

Basil

Basil PlantAnother type of garden herb which also doubles up as a mosquito repellant is Basil. The smell is hard to explain, and it is to be experienced. So, buy yourself some basil seeds, grow them, and experience the smell. 

Okay fine, I shall try describing the smell to you; Basil gives off a pungent smell which is just enough to keep all kinds of pests away, yes, including mosquitoes. Probably this is a reason why most Indian houses have a Tulsi plant at the entrance of the house and are watered every day, religiously. 

The herb needs to be kept slightly damp, adequate drainage and much sunlight. Just like Rosemary, this herb can be grown in containers or pots or in the garden across the borders or closer to the entrance of the home. 

As and when required, few basil leaves can be tossed into your salads, pasta, and why even omelettes. 

It is an annual and much bushy plant, so throughout the year, you can depend on Basil to protect you from mosquitoes and also, add a beautiful fresh touch to cooking whenever required. This bushy plant adds much freshness to your garden and cooking, talk about dual purposes, right!

Garlic 🧄

It is a well-renowned fact that Garlic smell can keep any human away from you, so imagine what this plant offers to your garden. The pungent smell from the Garlic plant can also keep the mosquitoes away. 

There are some instances of Garlic being squeezed and rubbing the juice on the skin can also keep mosquitoes away, but it is recommended only when you need to keep people away. It could be the best solution when camping and need an organic solution to repel mosquitoes.

Out of all the plants, Garlic is the easiest to grow. Arrange for a flat big rectangular container or create a garlic patch in a garden. You take the cloves from your garlic pod, ensure the pointed end of the clove faces upwards, and use the bottom to push it into the soil. Plant each of the cloves with 6 inches of space between any two of them and top it with compost or manure. Sprinkle this bed of Garlic as and when you feel it has turned dry. 

The health benefits of Garlic have been long studied, so now to keep mosquitoes away and to use a fresh batch of Garlic to your cooking, grow Garlic! 

Mint 

Mint plant top angleAnother dual purposed herb which emanates a soothing and fresh smell is Mint. Interestingly I write about Mint right after Garlic; typically, mint leaves are suggested to be chewed upon after consuming anything garlicky to keep away oral odour. This fresh aroma of Mint keeps most bugs away, including mosquitoes. 

Mint is a perennial herb and can thrive in well-drained soil. It needs a bit of sun and shade. There are various types of mint plants based on the type of leaves. In India, the various type of Mint is very common. Mint is a runner in the garden, meaning it can quickly invade every inch of your garden, so it would best to contain this fast-growing herb in a pot. Alternatively, you could use dividers in the garden to contain the growth of Mint, do not worry the roots of Mint are shallow and not deep. The best way to have a beautiful mint plant is to prune the herbaceous plant regularly. 

Better still, place a pot of the plant near to your kitchen, so during teatime, you can add a few leaves to your tea. Mint can be added to anything, food, or beverages. 

Mint extracts are used as Peppermint oil which when rubbed on itchy mosquito bites provides a bit of comfort. The leaves of this herb can also be dried well enough in the sun and can be used to keep mosquitoes away inside the house. 

Closing pearls of wisdom for your green thumb! 

All in all, these ten plants listed above such as Lavender, Mint, Lemongrass, and Geraniums are a welcome addition to the garden as they emit a fragrance that we humans find soothing, but the mosquitoes would find it repulsive. I think most importantly when these plants collectively offer a chemical-free solution to keeping mosquitoes away, why not invest our time and money into these plants. 

Also Read – How Mosquito sticks can help in getting rid of mosquitoes.

Obviously, since these are the natural mosquito-repelling solution, the location of these plants also matters as you cannot keep it at the farthest corner away from the entrance and expect these plants to work their magic. Keep these plants close to the entry points of mosquitoes, near windows, on windowsills, near the entrance, etc. Especially with potted plants, ensure there is no stagnant water around the plants which may accidentally become a breeding ground for any type of insect. In case you have a garden, then plant them along the borders to keep both mosquitoes and another form of bugs away. 

Lastly, happy gardening! 

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Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Introduction:

The minutest of insects can cause the deadliest of diseases. Mosquitoes are tiny but dangerous. They can cause numerous fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, and others. The good news is that now we are equipped to fight evil mosquitoes. Today there are numerous products in the market that can help us shield ourselves from mosquito bite. However, keep in mind that these products are loaded with chemicals and aren’t good for our skin or environment. Today, we offer you some home remedies that give you protection from mosquitoes in a safe and natural way. 

Camphor (Kapur)/ Camphor Oil:

The strong odour of camphor drives mosquitoes away. Light camphor in a closed room and leave it for 20-30 minutes. The pungent smell kills the mosquitoes almost instantly and provides long-lasting protection from them.

Garlic (Lahasun):

Garlic on Wooden TableGarlic embodies characteristics that repel mosquitoes. Crush a few garlic cloves and boil them for 5-6 minutes in water. Then spray the solution around the room. This mixture made up of garlic will kill mosquitoes quickly, and the scent will also go away within minutes, leaving the room mosquito-free. Also spraying the mixture on light bulbs is advisable, this helps the scent to spread as the bulbs heat up.  

Coffee Grounds:

Stagnant water puddle makes the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. But pouring some coffee grounds in the same stagnant water, wherever it is collected, can do wonders. The coffee grounds have a property that forces the mosquito eggs to the surface and deprives them of oxygen. This results in killing the mosquitoes even before they hatch. This method targets the very origin of the problem and is also completely safe.

Lavender Oil:

Mosquitoes resent the scent of lavender oil. The crushed lavender flower produces a fragrance and oil that can act as a mosquito repellent. An animal study exhibited that lavender oil is effective at repelling adult mosquitoes. It can also act as a topping repellent which means it can be applied on the skin to avoid getting bitten. Lavender has analgesic, antifungal, and antiseptic qualities that soothe the skin. Also spraying lavender oil or planting lavender plants inside the home repels mosquitoes.

Mint (Pudina):

Bright Green Pudina LeavesJust like lavender oil, mosquitoes also loathe the smell of mint. Take fresh mint or mint oil and place it inside the home. Also growing mint shrubs around the house wards off mosquitoes. Add a few drops of peppermint oil in a cup of water and spray this solution on your skin. Peppermint oil has chemical properties that keep the blood-sucking creatures away, leaving the environment with a fresh odour.

Beer and Alcohol:🍻

Mosquitoes detest the smell of alcohol. Just place a beer or a glass of alcohol in the room, and it will most definitely keep all the mosquitoes away.

Dry Ice (Solid Carbon Dioxide):

Place dry ice inside a container or a closed box, and eventually, it will attract mosquitoes one you open the lid. They are drawn towards dry ice due to its carbon dioxide emissions. The mosquitoes will get trapped inside the box and die inside. 

⚠️Precaution: Wear gloves or an oven mitt when handling dry ice since it is extremely cold and can easily freeze your skin if touched for too long. This may be a time-consuming mosquito repellent method, but it works pretty well.

Tea Tree Oil:

Recent studies reckon that tea tree oil may be an effective insect repellent. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil in some water. Add it to a spray bottle, spray it around your home, and it’ll become mosquito-free. This oil is well-known for its antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Dilute a few drops of tea tree oil in some water and apply it on your skin to treat mosquito bites.

Basil Leaves (Tulsi Leaves):

Tulsi SaplingBasil leaves are known for killing mosquito larvae. Plant a basil plant in your backyard, garden, or at the entry points of the home. The natural fragrance of Basil acts as a repellent for mosquitoes. Also, spray some basil oil to repel mosquitoes. This herb keeps mosquitoes away and works wonders in treating mosquito bites as well.

Lemon Eucalyptus Oil:

Lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural mosquito repellents and has been in use since the 1940s. A recent study showed that a mixture of 32 percent lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95 percent protection against mosquitoes for three hours.

Cinnamon Oil (Dalchini ka Tel):

Mix 30-40 drops of water with ten drops of cinnamon oil and use this solution as a spray. Bollywood star Akshay Kumar shared this tip on his Instagram account mentioning how his grandmother was a huge fan of the trick. 

Thyme Oil (Ajavaayan ka Tel):

For repelling female mosquitoes that cause malaria, thyme oil is considered one of the best protections. Applying thyme oil on the skin can provide significant protection.

Citronella:

Citronella is a common and effective essential oil that works against mosquitoes. When kept at windowsills or doorways, the citronella candles provide as much as 50 percent of protection. When the product is formulated correctly, it can provide protection for almost two hours. But if the formula isn’t right, citronella may evaporate quickly leaving the premises unprotected.

Further Reading – Citronella Sticks for Mosquitoes

Geraniol:

Geraniol is the primary component of plant oils like citronella, lemongrass, and rose. It acts as an ingredient in mosquito repellent; it’s known to be effective for two to four hours, depending on the species.

Neem Oil:

Neem has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties. Mix some neem oil and lavender oil in the ratio 1:1 and apply it on the skin, but don’t apply if you are sensitive to it. Neem oil is ten times more effective than any coils or vaporizers when it comes to keeping mosquitoes away. 

Addition Untested Methods

I haven’t tested the below, but the internet does mention the below to be effective.

Cloves and Lemon:

Cut a few lemons in half and stick some cloves into each half. Place or hang around the house to get rid of mosquitoes.

Rosemary:

Burn a few rosemary stalks inside the house; this can effectively get rid of mosquitoes.

Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil:

This oil acts as a topping repellent and is known to give protection from mosquitoes when applied on bare skin.

Greek Catnip Oil:

Add one cup isopropyl alcohol and one cup water to a half-teaspoon of the catnip essential oil. Pour into a spray bottle and use this solution on clothing as a repellent.

Pinion Wood:

Just burn some pinion wood outside the house or apartment, and the smell will start killing mosquitoes almost instantly.

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A Country for “No Mosquitoes” – Iceland

Iceland is the only mosquito-free country in the world – this article is our attempt at finding out the reason behind this miracle.

With over 3,500 species of mosquitoes known to mankind, and with each of these species having the biological capabilities to breed hundred at a time, it is highly doubtful if you there is anyone in the world who has not encountered a mosquito in his / her life. But did you know there is one such country in the world, whose citizens have never experienced a bite of a mosquito!

I am sure this would be a very hard to digest fact for us Indians who have been living with mosquitoes ever since we were born, they are everywhere – nurseries, schools, colleges, offices, and homes. Why is it such a problem in India, because the same climate that gives us lovely mangoes also gives us mosquitoes – the tropical climate!

There are few more countries which stand in solidarity alongside India for being inhabited by the highest number of mosquito species such as Brazil, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. While Australia, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Brazil are known to have the highest number of endemic species.

Speaking in terms of continents, all of Africa, South America, and Asia face problems regarding mosquito-borne diseases such as Malaria.

Anyways, going back to the mystical country which has no place for mosquitoes, the constantly buzzing blood-sucking mosquitoes – the answer is Iceland!

Iceland Flag

Mind you, Iceland is infested from other blood-sucking insects such as lice, fleas, bedbugs, and midges. But just No Mosquitoes!

😋Fun Fact –  Okay, technically, Iceland has just one mosquito – a semi-alive one placed inside a jar of alcohol at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History for some time in the 1980s, when a biologist captured it in an airplane.

Why is Iceland mosquito free?

Duh, it’s in the name itself, Ice cold climate! But something more obvious than that is why this country is not on the list of mosquito infected nations, is also backed by research as well. The cold temperatures have not forbidden mosquitoes to breed in Antarctica but why not in Iceland? Especially when mosquitoes are found in some of Iceland’s neighboring countries such as Norway, Denmark, and Greenland!

There are three possible theories to it; either the mosquitoes have not entered Iceland yet, if they have entered – then probably they have not found ideal grounds to lay their eggs, or simply coz Iceland’s climate does not suit the mosquitoes.

Another scientific theory around this is the supposed chemical composition of Iceland’s water and soil which makes it absolutely un-inhabitable for the mosquitoes.

Unlike the scientific reasons, a natural reason is this feature of Iceland which contributes to this “No Country for Mosquitoes” – the absence of any lakes in Iceland which does not provide the required breeding grounds for proliferation.

In the Arctic region and even in Greenland – there are numerous shallow ponds where mosquitoes lay eggs that hatch into larvae, which eventually become blood-hungry mosquitoes.

Shallow ponds are breeding grounds because of the ability to first heat up and thaw once the temperatures begin to rise. Such warm climates mean more and more mosquitoes can survive until they reach the adult stage. Simply put, the mosquito pupa hibernates beneath ice during winter, hatches, and takes off when the climate gets warmer during spring.

And surprise, surprise – Iceland has no such shallow ponds or lakes in which mosquitoes breed. The country witnesses three main freezes and thaws throughout the year and in such cold climates, mosquitoes lack the required time to mature; just as the larvae are maturing, another freeze comes their way!

Yes, at this point – any well-read individual will have this question – will the climate at Iceland remain like this considering global warming is already ushering in drastic climate changes across the world.
Unfortunately, this is resonated by the scientists as well that Iceland may not be mosquito-free forever. Alas! 😕

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Neem Oil & Camphor for Mosquitoes – Is it Effective?

Neem oil & Camphor Oil is a natural-based repellent that does not cause any side-effects and studies do indicate the effectiveness of using them in protecting oneself from pesky mosquitoes.

Every year during the monsoons, India reports a staggering number of cases of dengue spread by the Aedes egypti mosquito. Despite the municipal authorities swinging into action much before the monsoons and ensuring the areas which have possible breeding grounds are fumigated, every year we see several 1000’s of cases for Dengue and an even higher number of cases of Malaria.

Even hospitals and doctors bring out new shiny posters educating the public about the dengue.

Mosquito Hazard Warning Signs

This is the kind of preparation done by the others, but what is that you and I could do to keep our children and ourselves safe from these blood-sucking and disease-spreading insects?

I understand that with children around, you would not want to light those chemical smoke emanating mosquito-repelling coils or slather them with the sticky ointments daily. What are those natural options available for you and me?

For one there is Neem Oil which has research to prove that the smell of neem oil can effectively ward off mosquitoes.

In India, in the mid-1990s, the Malaria Research Centre of Delhi filled kerosene lamps with 1% neem oil and burnt these lamps in the common areas of people’s homes. They found that Neem oil reduced the number of bites any of their volunteers were exposed to and incidentally caught a lesser number of mosquitoes. The neem oil also warded off the anopheles’ species which infamously transmits malaria.

Another study by this center, noted that these neem oil-filled kerosene lamps slashed the malaria incidences drastically; from ten cases per thousand to just one in a thousand. Something significant is that once these kerosene lamps were removed, the number of cases of malaria also returned to plague those houses.

The neem oil is also equally effective in warding off mosquitoes when applied to the body along with coconut oil. All one must do is take an equal proportion of neem oil and coconut oil and apply it on the body parts which will be exposed to mosquitoes.

Now, with all this info, you will be eager to know how exactly to use Neem oil daily to rid of mosquitoes

👉For applying on the body: Take 50 to 100 milliliters of neem oil which is either extra virgin and cold-pressed and dilute it in water, oil, or lotion for applying on the body.

Or

👉Or use it as an incense: You could pour some neem oil into citronella flares or kerosene lamps and burn it for the fumes to keep the mosquitoes away.

How effective are they?

As you would be aware that there are different types of mosquitoes and neem oil’s mosquito repellent effectiveness varies ranging from 96-100% protection from anophelines, 85% from Aedes, 61-94% against Culex species, and 37.5% from Armigeres.
So do watch out for your neighborhood magazine which tells you what type of mosquito is plaguing your area!

Also, if you were to ask which is more effective, Neem Oil or DEET? I would want to go for Neem Oil considering its all-natural but unfortunately, DEET is effective for a longer period as proven by an Ethiopian study in 2015 which may lead to frequent application of Neem oil on the exposed body parts.

Things to keep in mind also before buying Neem Oil

Neem Oil smell might be difficult for some people to stomach
Neem Oil, when applied with coconut oil on the body, is a sticky affair and may not bode well for tropical areas where humidity is high

Camphor Oil for Mosquitoes

Camphor Oil

Camphor, Kapur in Hindi and Marathi or Karpuram in Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada, is something most of us Indians grew up with tucked away in their pooja rooms along with the wicks and oil for traditional lamps. But did you know that this white powdery substance like shape could also be used in keeping mosquitoes away?

Camphor is a waxy substance extracted from the bark and wood of a type of tree, Camphor Laurel normally found in Asia. Camphor’s soothing smell has also been encouraged to be used in Aromatherapy. It also serves the purpose of a nasal congestion reliever during coughs when rubbed on the chest or inhaled.

Camphor is burnt in a closed room is also an effective way of warding off mosquitoes and again, a natural product.

Conclusion
In case you are a person wary of all the chemicals which go into the topical ointment or the other form of mosquito repellants, neem oil and camphor should be your “Go – to” products for warding off mosquitoes.
However, if you are traveling to a place that is infamous for its mosquito infestations, then go DEET! 👍