Insect bites like that of mosquitoes are very itchy, plus the redness and swelling — it can be a huge bother. The bite can make you feel uneasy and irritable, that sometimes you would scratch it again and again until it gets infected.
Furthermore, mosquitoes are carriers of alarming diseases like hemorrhagic fever or yellow fever, malariae, West Nile virus and others.
So how do you protect yourself from these pests?
More often than not, people would buy over-the-counter insect bite creams or ointments to ease the itchiness and the swelling. But then and again, these topical remedies contain some ingredients not safe for your sensitive skin, especially to children.
Now, to avoid being bitten and using potentially harmful over-the-counter repellents, here’s the list of natural ways to repel these blood-sucking insects away.
Lavender oil is very popular in aromatherapy because of its number of healing properties, and its very safe to use when applied topically. To use as a repellent, you can:
- Directly apply oil to the skin, but if you have a sensitive skin, mix it with aqueous cream before application.
- Mix 30 drops with 2 tbsp vegetable oil – example olive oil, and rub on exposed skin
- Drop lavender oil to a ribbon and place on open windows.
- Mix with citronella and eucalyptus oils. Spray mixture around the house where mosquitoes mostly breed.
Rosemary is a natural mosquito repellent plan. For repellent purposes,you can directly dab rosemary oil on skin or dilute with other oils and spray.
Or simply throw some stalks of rosemary on the hot coals, its smoke will push mosquitoes away.
Good thing there are few plants with properties which can shove mosquitoes away. Plants like citronella, feverfew, catnip, and lavender.
Plant them in flower beds or any containers and placed around your garden or inside the house.
Neem oil is a natural insecticide used to protect plants against harmful insects, including mosquitoes. This vegetable oil is extracted from the Neem tree and when applied on your skin, will protect you against insect bites.
Cover Your Skin
Wearing loose, long sleeved shirts and pants is one excellent way also to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Better choose loose clothing especially if the fabric is thin so mosquitoes won’t have a chance to reach your skin.
Apparels with tight weave is also an option to block mosquitoes from sucking your blood.
Get Rid Of Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes usually breed in any standing water they can find. So its better to destroy or replace all of the objects that create stagnant water.
It is better to wear light-colored clothes than dark colored ones. Mosquitoes are more attracted to something that contrast with the horizon and so dark colors stand out to them.