Mosquito Control for Home

Mosquito Control for Home

Summer and spring season are very enjoyable. The warm breeze is very nice. However, in the other side, summer and spring are also nice seasons for mosquitoes to come out. Many ways to prevent mosquito bites must be done as the form of mosquito control. One of them is using mosquito repellent products.

If you look for mosquito repellents at stores, you will find many kinds of products. Some of them contains DEET.

What is DEET? Check this video out.

Consider the health effects before you use the product. According to a study by the National Park Service, DEET has side effects including headache, nausea, skin irritation, dizziness, rashes and numb or burning lips. It is also found by researchers at Duke University that long-term exposure DEET can kill brain cells and cause behavioral changes in rats.

Should we rely on those chemicals? No. There are several ways can be used as mosquito control, especially at home. It is important to pay attention on your health, too.

Let the Nature ‘do’ Mosquito Control

Some herbs can help you to make mosquito control. Rose-scented geraniums and lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) contains natural repellents called citronellal and geraniol. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) contains nepetalactone which is 10 times more effective than DEET. Basil (Ocimum basilicum), lemon thyme (Thymus x citriodorus), and lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) can repel mosquitoes less than 30 minutes. To use these leaves, you only have to crush them and rub them on exposed skin. Chose the best for your skin without any allergies. Another form of mosquito control may be soybean oil. It can give protection for 1,5 hours (based on study by the New England Journal of Medicine).

This video show you how to make natural mosquito repellent 

About your garden..

Another mosquito control is by filling your garden or yard with plants that repel mosquitoes. Keep your garden clean. Clean your garden regularly. Do not let the mosquitoes live and breed on stagnant water, old tires, clothes, and other stuffs. Use Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) on ponds or other areas with standing water if it is needed. Use insecticides sprays which are safe for other animals such as cyfluthrin or lambda-cyhalothrin.

Take Care of Yourself

When you are outdoor, you may need mosquito repellent to protect yourself. You can  use garden candles made from citronella oil. For your skin, you can use herbal repellent. It can be made from essential oils such as citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, geranium, neem, garlic, basil, catnip, lemon, lemongrass, and cedar. Apply it to the area which mosquitoes are attracted, like wrist, ears, and ankles.

Check how many hours the repellent will protect you to make sure how many times you have to reapply it. Light or neutral colored clothing will also help you as the mosquito control.

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

How to Treat Mosquito Bites

Mosquito bites can be very annoying. Many people usually scratch the bites with bare hands. However, this way is not helpful because by scratching it, the bite will be swelling and more itchy.

Dr. Neal B. Schultz, a board-certified dermatologist in practice in New York City, said that when mosquito bite us, it injects a material into the skin that causes inflammation (redness, swelling, tenderness, and heat). As the respond, our body release a chemical substance called histamine. That then becomes an itch.

There are some risks when you try to cure the itch by scratching it. First, you can break the skin and expose it to infection. Second, scratching can cause more inflammation, itching, and worse pain. Many people often apply antihistamine as the cure. But, in other side, antihistamine can cause pesky side effects, particularly drowsiness. If you prefer use the natural remedies, there are several options on how to treat mosquito bites.

Ice

Cold sensation can provide relief for itching. It actually numbs the nerves so you cannot feel the itch and pain.

Essential Oils

Some essential oils contains anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties which can be used as an anti-inflammatory. Lavender, tea tree, neem, and rosemary works well. Apply the oil on the bites. This herbal oil can be the solution on how to treat mosquito bites.

Vinegar

This home remedy can helps on how to treat mosquito bites during its acidity. Put a few drops on cotton ball and wipe the bites with it. For more than one bite, you can also use 2-3 cups of this ingredients with hot water in a bathtub. Apple cider vinegar works best.

Of course, apple cider vinegar had many health benefits for us. What are they? This nice video was the answer.

Tea Bag

How to treat mosquito bites with tea bags? It is only a piece of cake. Put the cooled tea bags on the bites. The tannins in tea act as an astringent which can draw extra fluid out of the bite and ease swelling on bites.

Baking Soda

Baking soda contains mild alkaline compound which can help neutralize the pH balance of the skin. It can help easing the soreness. You can use this remedy by dissolving it into a warm bath or mixing it with water to make a paste and apply it directly on the bites. It can be mixed with witch hazel to treat the bites as well.

Leaves

How to treat mosquito bites with leaves? There are basil and peppermint which can help you. Basil contains camphor and thymol, while peppermint gives cooling sensation. You may choose one of them, crush the leaves, and apply it to the bites. You can also use their essential oils.

Slapping or Pinching

Maybe it is sounds silly. How to treat mosquito bites with slapping and pinching? Actually, slapping and pinching work on “manipulating” the brain. The brain can only register one feeling at a time.

So, when you make another pain on your skin, you might get some relief from the itchiness when the pain of the slap is over. Be careful when applying this method or you will injures yourself worse.

Best Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies for Home

best natural mosquito bite remedies for home

Mosquito bites can be very annoying. Some mosquitoes can carry virus with the bites but most of them will do nothing more than an itch. If you scratch it, it will be swelling, maddening, and make the effect worse.

There are several ways to cure the itch. The remedies are almost all in natural, so you do not have to be worried about the safety.

What are the Best Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies?

Antihistamine Cream

The first mosquito bite remedies you can try out is antihistamine cream. This is not the natural one but still safe for your skin. The main ingredient is antihistamine, which can counter against histamine.

As we know, histamine is one kind of substance which is secreted by our body as the respond to allergen. Antihistamine will help you to soothe the itch. The mosquito bite remedies has another active ingredient called diphenhydramine. It will maximize the effectiveness.

Cooling Sensation

This mosquito bite remedies can be made from ice or cold water. The cold sensation will help you to reduce the itch that is caused by histamine. You can also get another cooling sensation from toothpastes. The menthol inside will give you the cure as well.

Honey

Honey contains anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties which can help as anti-bacterial ointment. Apply it directly on the bites and this mosquito bite remedies will help lessen swelling.

Yep, there so many health benefits of honey for our body. Just watch this 10 top health benefits of honey.

Lemons and lime juice

This alternative can help only if you have not already scratch the bites. Apply the juice on the bites and you will see this mosquito bite remedies works by reducing the itch.

Vinegar

Vinegar can help to cure the itch by its antibacterial properties. Put a few drops on a cotton ball and wipe it on the bites. If you have more than one bites, you may take a bath by having hot water and 2 1/2 cups if vinegar. You can use apple cider vinegar for this mosquito bite remedies.

Baking Soda and Water

Another mosquito bite remedies you can try is by making a paste from baking soda and water. Apply it to the bite and it will neutralize the pH to provide itch relief.

Essential Oils

Some natural antiseptic can be made as mosquito bite remedies. Tea tree, lavender, rosemary, neem, cedar oil, and witch hazel works best. Dilute a small amount of essential oil with water, then apply it directly on the bite. The oil will help to reduce swelling.

Aloe Vera

This natural antiseptic works for reducing swelling and itching. Apply it directly to the bites. You can use the fresh inner leaf gel or the organic aloe juice.

Not only for mosquito bite remedies, aloe vera had so much benefits, especially for our skin. What are they? Check this out!

Garlic and Onion

Rubbing a piece of raw garlic on the wound will help you cure the itch. You will feel a small amount of mild burning at the first time, but then it will be replaced by some major relief.

The odor will also help repel mosquitoes from biting you later. You can use onion as well by placing fresh slice on the affected area for several minutes. Apply this mosquito bite remedies carefully and do not forget to wash it thoroughly.

Hope this natural mosquito bite home remedies can help you.