Summer means many things: long lazy afternoons, poolside excitement, weekend getaways, and insects…lots and lots of insects. Of these stinging/buzzing/flying pests, mosquitoes can be the most annoying. Not to mention, they pose a health risk. While deet no doubt annihilates mosquitoes, many people want a more nature-friendly approach to prevention. So, if you want to enjoy the season without the itch, take a look at these natural ways to avoid mosquito bites:
Did you know that increased body temperature and sweat attract many biting insects? To keep off their finely-tuned radar, make sure you wash off often. Stay as cool as you can and keep a watered rag nearby to dab sweaty arms, legs, necks and faces.
While deet-free insect repellants exist, you can also use products like garlic, vinegar, and eucalyptus. You won’t smell great, but some people swear by rubbing these strong products on the skin.
Treat the Yard
While treating greenery with commercial insecticides can harm your health and the environment, there are other ways to keep mosquitoes away. You can use strategically-placed plants around your porch that these insects avoid, including asters, marigolds, chrysanthemums, basil, coriander, and anise. Another tip that few people know involves coffee grounds. The strong smell bothers mosquitoes, so take used grounds and sprinkle them around your deck or patio. You’ll be amazed at the results.
Other varieties that repel mosquitoes include:
- Bee balm
- Floss flower
- Lemon balm
In addition, mosquitoes rely on standing water to lay eggs, so make sure you keep the lawn free of puddles.
Natural Remedies for Mosquitoes Bites
Although prevention helps, bites do happen. Here are some ways to treat the bites naturally:
- Ice – frozen water constricts the capillaries at the skin’s surface and reduces swelling.
- Lemons – fresh lemon juice can relieve itching.
- Meat tenderizer – for itchy bites, this handy item helps you see relief.
- Distilled vinegar – diluted with water (1 to 1), white vinegar can help ease the itch of insect bites.
- Oatmeal – a cure for many skin ailments, oatmeal (mixed as a paste with water) can help skin revive itself. You can also take an oatmeal bath for relief.
- Baking soda – mixed with water to form a paste, this kitchen staple can calm inflamed skin.
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