How To Avoid Mosquitoes At Home – How Do I Avoid Mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are not only annoying, their bites can be very painful and can cause unsightly sores and scars when they are scratched. During the peak of mosquito season, it’s almost impossible to do anything outdoors without mosquitoes ruining all the fun. We are often approached by customers who always tend to ask about how to avoid mosquitoes at home so that they can relax without the pesky nuisance!
Repellents with deet and other chemicals carry with them the possibility of health and environmental risks, especially to children, who tend to be more sensitive. The good news is that you can protect yourself from mosquito bites with natural ingredients.
Here are 7 ingredients that actually work:
1. Essential Oil of Citronella Leaf
Citronella (Cymbopogon winterianus) is a common ingredient in many natural repellents for the very simple reason that it works. In fact, another way to repel mosquitoes is to add live citronella plants to your garden. Also, you can light citronella candles/oil torches when you are spending time outside, which can provide up to 50% more protection against mosquitoes.
2. Essential Oil of Eucalyptus Leaf
Eucalyptus leaf (Eucalyptus globulus) has been used as repellent since the 1940’s. Its efficacy is backed by studies so that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have approved eucalyptus oil as an ingredient for mosquito repellent.
3. Essential Oil of French Lavender Flower
French lavender flower (Lavendula angustifolia) produce a fragrance and oil that can repel mosquitoes. Lavender has antiseptic, antifunal and analgesic qualities, meaning that it can soothe the skin in addition to preventing mosquito bites.
4. Essential Oil of Rosemary Leaf
Rosemary leaf (Rosemarinus officinalis) is similar in this context to the eucalyptus leaf, in that it releases a scent that naturally repels mosquitoes. As with the citronella plant, you can add rosemary plants to your garden to increase the effect. Plus, you’ll get the added benefit of having fresh rosemary on hand to add the delicious herb to your dishes. Place a handful of fresh rosemary sprigs on the grill while you’re cooking and mosquitoes will keep away while you’re cooking.
5. Essential Oil of Himalayan Cedarwood
It’s believed that Himalayan Cedarwood (Cedrus dodara) essential oil is the first oil to have ever been distilled by humans. It’s no wonder -it has a slew of health benefits, including antiseptic and antifungal properties. Plus, it smells great! The invigorating scent is a natural mood-lifter. But mosquitoes and fleas detest its aroma, so it makes a great repellent.
6. Essential Oil of Geranium Leaf
This type of geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), is actually nicknamed “mosquito fighter.” The scent is very reminiscent of the citronella plant, and so naturally, the mosquitoes hat its scent, as well. Much like citronella, you can add scented geranium to your garden for extra repellent benefits. Plus, the leaves make a great herbal tea.
7. Essential Oil of Lemongrass
Lemongrass (Cymbopogon flexuosus) is named for its strong taste and is commonly used as a cooking herb. The strong flavor comes from the potent concentration of oils in the plant, which also release a strong smell. The scent is very similar to that of the citronella plant; in fact, they’re related. So it’s no wonder lemongrass is on this list. Isn’t it interesting that so many of the plants that are on this list because mosquitoes hate their smell are also in favor by humans for the very reason of their favorable smell?
Containing 100% pure essential oils from all 7 of the ingredients listed above, Ecoflo Bug Shield is a great solution for natural mosquito repellent. Get a spray bottle (half liter plastic ones available at the dollar store, or we have 1 0z glass bottles for $2.50 at our store) and add 3-5 drops of Bug Shield per ounce of water. Shake the bottle before each use and spray liberally on your body and clothing. Do not put Bug Shield directly on your skin. If you prefer, you can also use a carrier oil, such as almond oil, instead of water. Use the same ratio to dilute the Bug Shield. At the time of writing this article (July 2018), an ounce of Bug Shield costs just $19.20. A whole ounce should last quite a while, even for an entire family.
As a side note, Peach Vitamins, (404) 266-9115, is located in Atlanta, Georgia, in the United States. And while we fully stand behind our product and consider this is a great solution for natural mosquito repellent here in Atlanta and most of the United States. If you are traveling to or live in an area where mosquitoes carry malaria, yellow fever, or Zika, doctors advise that you use a chemical repellent. Consult your physician to decide what is best for you.