Some of the outdoor activities we often enjoy the most are hiking, biking, barbecuing or just sitting & relaxing. Do you remember being annoyed by the buzzing insects and mosquitoes in your ears or scratching & itching caused by insects. These nuisance will hinder the fun and quality time with your family. Here’s the best way to end your dilemma:
- Eliminate Stagnant Water. Standing water is a good breeding areas for mosquitoes. Check out cans, tarps, tires, gutters, your kid’s toys and other that has a potential of storing water. Get rid of those water and properly disposed the item. If you have birdbaths and bowls for your outdoor pets, be sure to regularly replaced it with clean water. Give extra attention on your trash bins and clear the drainage holes to avoid stagnant water.
- Choose the Right Backyard Plants. Grow a plants that will help repel mosquitoes in your surrounding. Plants like horsemint, rosemary, marigolds and etc.. have special odor to keep insect from getting close. To release the scent, crush the leaves and rub it to skin or clothing.
- Burn Herb Leaves. Insect repelling smoke panicked mosquitoes to flee. So if you are barbequing, take some rosemary leaves and throw a little to the coal. This will help repel mosquitoes.
- Parsley. A mixture of crushed sparsely and an apple cider vinegar is a good repellent. Rub the mixture to your skin or take a hanky soaked with this mixture and tie it around your neck.
- Trust it with bats. A brown bat can catch 600 mosquitoes per hour. So you might need to attract bats but safety measure should be really since it also posed contacting rabies.
- Wear light clothing. Mosquitoes attract dark colors so consider light clothing on your outdoor activities: White and light if possible.
- Home Lighting. Do you know that mosquitoes get attracted to incandescent lights? You may want to change your outdoor lights into a fluorescent light though it neither attract nor repel but helps minimize insect numbers.
- Garlic Power. When you eat garlic, an invisible garlic layer seeps your pores thus creating a barrier for mosquitoes. You can also use garlic juice as a natural repellent. Dilute a garlic juice with water the place it in a spray bottle to apply conveniently.
Other important herbs that help repel includes basil, catnip, citronella, lemon grass and tea tree oils. You just need to have the right mixture to properly serve its purpose as a natural repellent.