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6 Easy Natural Tips to Drive the Blood Sucking Mosquitos Away

Summer is in full swing, and so are those pesky blood-sucking little vampires, otherwise known as mosquitos. With over 150 receptors in its antennae to locate its next victim and six needle-like parts in its mouth, it is difficult to avoid these demons. But don’t dismay. We can help.

Natural Repellents

Mosquitos have an incredible sense of smell which plays to our advantage. There are many scents that they find offensive and help to deter them.

1.   Essential Oils

  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil has been around since the 1940s, and the CDC has approved it as an effective mosquito repellent. A study in the National Institute of Health reports that a mixture of 32% lemon eucalyptus oil provided more than 95% protection for 3 hours.
  • Lavender Oil
  • Cinnamon Oil
  • Thyme Oil

The FDA does not regulate essential oils, and you should purchase from a quality source. Always mix with a carrier oil such as hazel or sunflower oil. For instructions on making your own, visit How to Make Homemade Mosquito Repellant.

2.   Aromatic plants planted in proximity to outdoor activities

  • Basil
  • Catnip
  • Lemon Balm
  • Peppermint
  • Neem
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds

3.   Natural Predators:

By Supplying nesting boxes and specific vegetation, you invite these winged saviors to make your yard their home.

  • Purple Martins
  • Bluebirds
  • Dragon/damselflies
  • Hummingbirds
  • Chickens and turkeys

4.   Wear light-colored clothing. Dark colors attract mosquitos.

5.   Reduce excess vegetation around your yard

6.   Remove free-standing water

Mosquitos are not only annoying but also pose a health risk to humans and animals. Keep you and your family safe with these simple tips, and enjoy everything summer offers.

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