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