15 Best Ways to Keep Mosquito Away from the House

What are your biggest fears when it comes to an evening outdoors? Be it a bonfire get together, or your kid's playtime, or just a casual walk after 7 pm; it is the tiny yet dreary mosquitoes that we fear of all the time. And they really know how to invade our homes and our peace of mind, don't they? And as a species, they have been getting immune to all our chemical repellents too. Many times, the mosquito repellants do not affect the mosquito but rather initiate long-term trouble for us. Some mosquito repellents that were used in past have been even banned. So it always better to get rid of mosquitoes naturally, as nature has figured out the sustainable and healthy ways that do not harm us and chase the mosquitos away effectively.

Through this article, we provide you with a wholesome review of all natural remedies and eco-friendly yet effective ways to get rid of mosquitoes at night.

15 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

1. Camphor

Camphor

One of the main reasons you cannot find mosquitoes in the temples or the prayer (Pooja) room of your house, is due to the natural minty essence present in Camphor that is irresistible by the mosquitoes. Usually, mosquitoes sense the presence of humans with the ‘smell’. This is why you can see loads of mosquitoes in between the soiled clothes. The strong odour of camphor makes it impossible for the mosquitoes to detect people.

What To Do

The easiest thing to do is to light camphor. Leave it for about 30 minutes, and you would see a clean and fragrant room without the trouble of mosquitoes. Another long-term preparation is the camphor and neem balls: fill a refill bottle with 3-4 Camphor balls and 1 cup neem oil. You can spray this whenever you want to get rid of mosquitoes.

2. Peppermint

With a minty aroma, it is a better choice compared to another artificial bug and pest repellents. Also, it has many other benefits for the skin and breath. Inhaling the scent of peppermint can relieve lung and respiratory-related troubles as a bonus and you can rest assured of an environment protected by the antifungal and antimicrobial properties of peppermint. We suggest using peppermint as a home remedy against mosquitoes, and it is a potential repellent against ants as well.

What To Do

You can spray some peppermint scent on the windows sides and the door along the frame. Also, you can have planted peppermint in pots placed on the window sills and the entrance of balcony doors or main doors.

3. Essential Oils

Essential Oils

Essential oils like Tea Tree oils and Eucalyptus oils can be used to resist the mosquitoes naturally and also deliver an aromatic and therapeutic environment in the house. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits keep it even more effective against other germs and bacteria. You can use it as an ingredient and create a repellent on the go.

What To Do

By applying a mix of essential oils diluted by a carrier oil over your skin, you protect yourself from the mosquitoes and also give your skin a good treatment against cold sores, bug bites and enrich the skin. Since essential oils come in highly concentrated form, look for a recipe which dilutes a few drops of essential oil with your preferred carrier oil.

4.Garlic

Most of us have a revulsion against garlic, owing to its pungent smell. The garlic cloves possess an essential oil, Allicin, which has a strong overpowering smell. This odour is quite unbearable for mosquitoes, thereby repelling them and preventing the spread of any diseases caused by them.

What To Do

You can spread this oil on your skin, though you would have the persistent pungent smell. Another way around, you can add the crushed garlic pieces into boiling water and later smear this all around the house. It has a long validity for the period of effectiveness against mosquitoes.

5. Mosquito Repellent Plant

Mosquito Repellent Plant

Nature has its unique methods as solutions for all problems. Certain plants like the Catnip and the Feverfew are prominent mosquito repellers.

What To Do

You can just plant them in pots and place them beside the windows, and doors and potential openings that mosquitoes use to get in. This way you can naturally repel away mosquitoes.

6. Mosquito Bottle Trap

You can now lure the mosquitoes to trap them and hence reduce the numbers inside your house significantly.

What To Do

In a plastic bottle, Mix with Brown sugar in warm water and once cooled down, add yeast. This can be filled in the bottle and kept open in different locations to trap in mosquitoes. The liquid that is used to catch in the mosquitoes can last for about two weeks and can be replaced easily.

7. Tulsi

Tulsi

It is a medicinal herb with an antimicrobial property. It is quite important to kill the mosquitoes, right from the larvae stage. This is one more reason why Tulsi is planted in most homes right at the entrance. Also, it can be used to soothe your skin and to treat the mosquito bite, just by rubbing it on the affected area. This is mainly because of its antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties.

What To Do

Plant tulsi herbs at the entrance or in the garden area. You can use tulsi to rub on your skin that is bitten by a mosquito.

8. Coffee Grounds

The best out of waste. Now once you relish your coffee, the coffee ground waste can be used to give you a perfect peaceful evening.

What To Do

You can sprinkle around the wasteful coffee grounds, specifically at windows, corners and doors end, to repel away these irking pests.

9. Lavender Oil

Lavender Oil

The lavender oil is widely known for its pleasant scent. It has the properties of repelling bugs and mosquitoes easily without any pungent or irking odour. Mainly for its fragrance, it is used in most perfumes as a natural scent.

What To Do

You can buy some lavender oil extracts, dilute and rub them over your skin before you head out for any night or evening outdoors. Also, you can plant lavender in your garden or pots, to aesthetically decorate your premises and also keep you safe from bugs and other pests, including mosquitoes.

10. Pest Repeller

There are many electronic devices designed to repel pests like lizards, rats, spiders and even mosquitoes. The principle involved in such a device is that animals and insects have a sense of panic and fear towards certain frequencies of sounds. When they come across such sounds, they assume it as a predator or a natural disaster, thereby evacuating the place immediately to prioritise their safety.

What To Do

You can buy such a device and plug them in potential areas like the kitchen, living room and even bedrooms to buzz a noise repelling these pests. They are proven to be efficient against mosquitoes as well.

11. Dry Ice

Dry Ice

One of the best natural ways to lure mosquitos is dry ice. The carbon dioxide that we exhale is the main attractive element, which helps the mosquitoes to spot and get to us easily. Dry ice is a solid form of carbon dioxide which melts to release the carbon dioxide gas. This lures mosquitos to dry ice, keeping them away from you.

What To Do

Place an open vessel with dry ice in it. Though trapping them in this way can be an exhaustive job, it is comparatively efficient to get rid of the mosquitoes already inside the house.

12. Mosquito Nets

They're the most traditional way of getting away from mosquitos. These days you get beautifully designed mosquito nets to suit your bedroom and bedtime.

What To Do

You can buy one of these mosquito nets to keep you safe from mosquito bites while you sleep during the night. This is one of the age-old efficient methods to get rid of mosquitoes at home.

13. Clove Oil

Clove Oil

Any chemical-based pest repellent will have some element of clove, even if by artificial sources. This is mainly due to its amazing repelling property as it irritates the mosquitoes. Also, clove oil in its concentrated form can cause rashes and burns the skin, so use it wisely avoiding contact with the human body.

What To Do

You can buy some natural extracts of clove oil and spray it along the corners of the house and the entrances.

14. Citronella Product for Repellent

An aromatic herb with insecticide properties, it belongs to the family of essential oils. It is also used in spa treatments for rendering good massages.

What To Do

Apply diluted citronella oil all over the body to have a soothing and relaxing effect apart from keeping you safe from mosquitoes and other insects. Also, you can add a few drops of Citronella into candles and light them for an aromatic and mosquito free evening.

15. Rosemary

Rosemary

Closely related to the features and properties of Lavender oil and Peppermint, Rosemary is another essential oil that has wide therapeutic benefits. It is fragrant and yet effective against mosquitoes, as a potential insecticide.

What To Do

Burn a few stalks of Rosemary in the living area and switch on the fan to spread it into the rooms. You can visibly see the mosquitoes finding their way out through the windows and doors, thereby leaving your home at peace.

Preventive Tips From Mosquitoes

What do you do to make sure you avoid mosquitos coming near you?

1. Use Mosquito Repellent, Preferably Natural

The easiest way is to plug in the mosquito repellant and quickly see the mosquitoes vanish. But it is quite harmful for human inhalation too. So keep in mind to use it when there are no occupants in the room or rather use a natural mosquito repellent. A few brands in the market have built safer and natural alternatives.

2. Use Oil-Based Repellent

The oil-based repellents are effective as they do not evaporate easily and thereby last long. Also, they are efficient to trap or repel mosquitoes in the long run.

3. Make House Mosquito-Proof

While constructing your house, it is important to place the windows above a certain level from the ground. This prevents the mosquitoes to enter from the plants beside the walls. Also, make sure you secure your windows and doors with a removable mosquito mesh. Nowadays you have an extra window with the mesh inbuilt to keep away the mosquitoes effectually.

4. Wear Loose Clothes

The dress you wear can also protect you from the mosquito bites. Wearing tight clothes that stick to your skin can make it easy for the mosquitoes to suck out from the skin through the cloth. On the other hand, loose clothes can prevent the direct contact to the skin underneath the cloth thereby keeping you safe.

5. Use Bug-Proof Lighting

Blue is known to the favourite of mosquitoes, and therefore you can see insect or mosquito trappers with a blue light in most places such as the eateries, and shopping malls. So, to repel away mosquitoes and bugs try to avoid blue lights.

Things To Remember

1. Regularly Clean Water Tanks

Mosquitoes develop from larvae which are laid on open stagnant water sources. It is essential to clean your tanks and always keep the bathroom buckets empty, to avoid a suitable environment for their reproduction.

2. Do Not Allow Water To Stand

Flowing water makes it impossible for these mosquitoes to develop from the eggs. So, it is essential to not keep any sources of water that remains stagnant for long in and around your house.

3. Don’t Leave The Dishes With Soapy Water

Mosquitoes are attracted to soapy water. If you leave your dishes with soapy water, there is a high possibility of mosquitoes laying eggs over them. Since they are sturdy enough to withstand the water force, no matter how cleanly you wash the vessels or the dishes, some larvae may survive.

Conclusion

It is not surprising why humans take so much measure against this one tiny insect. However, our choice of products in the matter needs to evolve. We can rely on these home remedies to naturally repel mosquitoes. This way we can stay safe from diseases and also get rid of them naturally without affecting ourselves with any side effects.

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