All About Natural Mosquito Repellents

We have always known mosquito repellents to carry pungent and irritating smell. In fact, many of us are even allergic to the smell because of the chemicals involved in these repellents. However, we do have natural mosquito repellents that are not pungent and are user friendly… Let us explore more…

Mosquito repellents are not advisable to be used in case there is a pregnant woman in the house. This is because of the presence of DEET in the sprays.

How do mosquitoes work?

Mosquitoes although are small in size, have complex methods of detecting hosts. In fact, different types of mosquitoes react to different stimuli. Most mosquitoes are active at dawn and dusk, but there are some types of mosquitoes that seek hosts even during the day. You can avoid being bitten by making sure that you are not attracting mosquitoes. By using attractants to lure mosquitoes elsewhere like using a repellent, and avoiding actions that bring down the effectiveness of the repellent.

Know the Mosquito Attractants

Mosquitoes get attracted by different things. Here is a list of items and activities that can attract mosquitoes. You can avoid mosquito bites by using natural mosquito repellents to lure mosquitoes away from you.

Dark Clothing
Most of the mosquitoes use vision to locate their hosts from a distance. Dark clothes and
foliage are initial attractants for the mosquitoes.

Carbon Dioxide
Mosquitoes generally get attracted to those people who give off more carbon dioxide when
you are hot or have been exercising. A burning candle or other fire is another source of carbon dioxide.

Lactic Acid
When you release more lactic acid when you have been exercising or after eating certain
foods like salty foods or high-potassium foods, mosquitoes are likely to attack you more as compared to others.

Floral or Fruity Fragrances
Besides perfumes, hair products, and other products like scented sunscreens, make sure you
watch for the subtle floral fragrance that comes from fabric softeners and dryer sheets. Mosquitoes get attracted to such fragrances.

Skin Temperature
The exact temperature depends on the type of mosquito. Many mosquitoes are attracted to
people with slightly cooler temperatures of the extremities.

Moisture
Mosquitoes get attracted by perspiration because of the chemicals it contains and also
because of the increase in the humidity around your body. Even small amounts of water like moist plants or mud puddles will draw mosquitoes. Stagnant water also allows mosquitoes to reproduce and breed.

Make your own natural repellents

Getting offended by the pungent smell of the mosquito repellents? Well, here is an easy way to make your own natural mosquito repellent. These natural products will effectively repel mosquitoes. However, you will be required to apply it more frequently like at least every two hours. This is because of the differences between types of mosquitoes. Products that contain multiple repellents tend to be more effective than those containing a single ingredient.

You can prepare your natural mosquito repellent by using different plant oils and applying them directly on your body. Here are some of the oils that you can mix to prepare a natural mosquito repellent:

Citronella Oil
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
Cinnamon Oil
Castor Oil
Rosemary Oil
Lemongrass Oil
Cedar Oil
Peppermint Oil
Clove Oil
Geranium Oil

You can also use oils from Verbena, Pennyroyal, Lavender, Pine, Cajeput, Basil, Thyme, Allspice, Soybean, and Garlic plants. Another plant-derived substance, pyrethrum, is an insecticide. It comes from the flowers of the daisy Chrysanthemum cinerariifolium.

However, you need to remember that ‘natural’ does not automatically imply ‘safe’. Many people may be sensitive to plant oils. Some natural insect repellents are actually toxic. Therefore, although natural repellents provide an alternative to synthetic chemicals, please remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using these products.

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