Ditch those over-the counter and harmful chemical mosquito repellents. Instead check out these best natural and effortless ways to protect your family from mosquito borne diseases
Monsoon is already here! And the typical worry of most parents, during this season, is to ensure that the family is protected from all types of infections and diseases. Since rather unfortunately, monsoons and mosquitoes have become synonymous. One bite from those mosquitoes can cause fatal diseases such as malaria, dengue, Chikungunya, elephantiasis, yellow fever, etc. And thanks to evolution and reproduction, there are different types of mosquitoes which cause these diseases. So, do not underestimate these tiny creatures.
Today there are hundreds of chemical repellents that are available in the market to solve this problem. However, these can sometimes cause harmful allergies and infections, and are not always the safest option. So, let’s dig and find natural ways to solve one of the biggest problems of the otherwise wonderful monsoon season. So, if you want to know the best 10 natural ways to repel these pesky pests this season, read on!
Camphor is easily available, and is a simple and easy solution to get rid of mosquitoes. Burn some camphor in every corner of the room for 10 – 15 minutes, and you will see how quickly the mosquitoes stay away from the room. Remember to close all the doors and windows before lighting up the camphor.
2. Tulsi plant:
It has been scientifically proven that the Tulsi plant is extremely effective in killing mosquito larvae. Place a small pot with a Tulsi plant near the window of your rooms, and you can keep the mosquitoes away from the house, irrespective of the season.
3. Lemon and clove:
Another quick and effective home remedy to get rid of mosquitoes—slice a small lemon, insert some cloves in it and place at points where mosquitoes are most likely to enter from. Try this once and the results will surprise you!
4. Carom or ajwain seeds:
Thrown some carom seeds and mustard oil in a blender and make a paste. Apply the paste in a small cardboard box and place it where the mosquitoes usually breed.
5. Mint oil:
It has been tried and tested that mint oil and mint extracts are one of the most effective remedies to repel mosquitoes. Consider applying mint oil on the exposed parts of your body; alternatively keep a mint shrub in the house to keep away the mosquitoes. You could also buy chemical- free mint spray.
Not only is it a natural way to kill mosquitoes, garlic also shields you from all kinds of waterborne diseases. The pungent smell of the garlic keeps away the mosquitoes and prevents them from entering the house. Crush some garlic and boil it in water, once this is done, spray the water through out the house to keep it mosquito free.
A small amount of lemon and eucalyptus oil is extremely effective during the monsoon season. The antiseptic properties of both the oils, when applied on the skin, act as effective mosquito-repellents, besides cooling the body.
8. Neem oil:
Mixing and applying equal portions of neem oil and coconut oil on exposed arms and legs is one of the best solutions to keep those mosquitoes in check. Neem is the best source of anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Since neem has a strong scent, it works in driving away mosquitoes. You could also consider planting a neem tree, provided there’s enough space for one.
9. Citrus peels:
10. Keep it clean and dry:
Last but not the least by any measure, ensure that there is no stagnant water in or around the house. All the pests require is a little damp or wet area to start breeding. Pay special attention to bathrooms and kitchens, and make sure that these two places are kept clean and dry at all times.
As you have now learnt, there are multiple natural ways to keep your home mosquito free. So, try a few and see what best works in your area and house. If you have any natural remedy, let us know in the comments section.
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