5 Best Natural Ways to Fight Mosquitoes
The mosquito is a nefarious pest, feeding like a vampire on our blood and giving us malaria, encephalitis, and infections. They bite us and leave a welt that stings and itches for hours. I've spent a lot of time in the islands of Southeast Asia, so I've consumed a lot of time fighting these dangerous insects. Just how do we combat them? Here are the 5 best ways I've found to fight back at Mosquitoes in a natural chemical-free way.
1 Spinning Fan Blades. The only real way to kill mosquitoes is with a fan. The wind currents disturb mosquitoes, since they can only fly in still air, preferably around stagnant water. They try to fly behind the blades and get chopped up in the fan. The lucky ones just escape and leave you alone, as long as you have that artificial air current on your side. The fan is the only truly effective method I've found to beat mosquitoes, so it's right at the top of the list.
2 Lemons. Some people like citronella candles, but I've found that fresh lemons work better. Cut up a dozen fresh lemons and place them at the windows. Lemon grass will do the trick too. The smell drives most of the mosquitoes away. Use this in combination with your fan, and you've really made a safe haven.
3 Eucalyptus Oil and Deet repel mosquitoes. This includes Vicks ® vapor rub. Apply it to your arms, chest and upper back. If you're wearing shorts, don't forget your legs. Chemical free Deet is also natural insect repellent. Apply a small amount to your skin and clothing, and the insects should stay away from you.
4 Mosquito Net. No, this won't kill them, but a good mosquito net will keep the buggers away. If all else fails, but one of these around your area. Some use large nets for outdoor patios, and others use them around their beds at night. A good mosquito net around your bed can look attractive and do the job of keeping you safe from night bites.
5 Vitamin B1. Taking this vitamin during the summer months will help make you less appetizing to the small blood suckers. It's 50% effective, depending on the rest of your diet. Some think that garlic helps.
Bonus: Frogs and Lizards make great pets, and they'll eat those mosquitoes for you. Geckos are especially good at it. When I stayed at the islands, there were about 30 gecko's scampering around the ceiling, and I welcomed them.
by Rod Little for ATT Home and Garden 5-30-10