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.