Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they can also infect you with dangerous diseases, such the Zika virus and Malaria. Many people use commercial insecticides and repellents to get rid of these bugs.
Unfortunately, these commercial remedies are loaded with chemical and toxins, which can be even more dangerous to your health.
Fortunately, there are effective natural remedies. It is advisable to use them instead. In fact, one particular natural remedy has been proven to be more effective than DEET, an extremely toxic insect repellent.
The remedy is a blend of lemon and eucalyptus essential oil, which makes a potent mosquito repellent. According to researchers, this natural repellent can give you 97% protection within a 4-hour period. This is much better when compared to DEET’s 84% protection within the same period.
Here’s how to prepare the remedy:
- A teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 30 drops of lemon-eucalyptus essential oil blend
- 4 ounces of vodka, rubbing alcohol, or witch hazel
Simply mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle. Spray it around your home at least every 4 hours to keep the mosquitoes away.
There are other effective natural remedies against mosquitoes. They include:
Simply crush the lavender flowers. Then, apply the oil on the sensitive body parts, like your arms and ankles. You can also use a clean cloth to rub the oil on your skin.
2. Cinnamon Oil
Add 24 drops of cinnamon oil to every 4 ounces of water. Spray the solution directly on the skin, on your clothes, around your home, as well as on plants.
3. Thyme Oil
Mix 4 drops of thyme oil with every teaspoon of jojoba, olive, or other base oil that you prefer.
4. Greek Catnip Oil
Studies have shown that Greek catnip oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes within 2-3 hours. Moreover, scientists at Iowa State University found that it’s 10 times more effective than DEET.
5. Soybean Oil
A blend of soybean oil and lemongrass oil is effective in repelling different types of mosquitoes.
6. Tea Tree Oil
Studies have shown that most repellents contain tea tree oil, and they’re powerful against mosquitoes, bush flies, and biting midges.