Come monsoon, it’s time for mosquitoes to make their way into our houses bringing in several types of fevers be it malaria, dengue and diseases. Stagnant water and unhygienic living conditions are breeding areas for the mosquitoes and it is very important to keep our surroundings dry and clean.
While there are chemical based mosquito repellents available in the market, they may cause allergies in few. Children suffer from running nose, cough, and itchy eyes due to those repellents.
Fret not! Here are few natural mosquito repellents that keep them away from entering into your house.
Citronella: Citronella oil is considered as a number one choice to keep these insects at a bay. An essential oil, Citronella is now being widely used in herbal based mosquito repellent creams. Citronella oil is easily available in the market. One can apply the oil directly on to the skin before bed time. The market is also flooded with citronella dhoop sticks, in the form of infusers etc.
Another simple trick is to grow Citronella in a flower pot and keep it in your balcony, garden or any place in the house.
Camphor: Camphor is another reliable natural remedy to repel mosquitoes from entering your abode. Close all the doors, windows of your house and just light camphor. Let the camphor smell stay indoors for 30 minutes and it repels these insects from entering.
Another tip is to place a small bowl of water in a corner and drop few camphor tablets. It keeps mosquitoes away from you, throughout the night.
Neem: Neem oil is the most trusted mosquito repellent for ages. According to research neem oil when mixed with coconut oil and applied on skin offers great protection from mosquito bites for many hours. Bring home neem oil based incense sticks or just burn oil in the corner of your house for effective results.
Coffee Beans: You may love your coffee, but mosquitoes don’t. The quick, easy method is to sprinkle few coffee beans or grounded coffee near stagnant water pits. The pungent smell of coffee brings the mosquito eggs out of the stagnant water and as a result they get deprived of oxygen. This will end mosquito breeding.
Eucalyptus oil: The strong, pungent smell of eucalyptus works wonders in keeping mosquitoes away from you. Apply a thin layer of eucalyptus oil on your skin before sleeping to keep those tiny creatures away from you for the night.
While these home remedies serve the purpose, it is also important to wrap your bed with good quality mosquito traps. Invest in a good quality mosquito trap for wonderful sleep and good health.