The summer heat makes you open up all your windows in the house to lose the heat. While doing this, mosquitoes get a chance to get in and attack. Outdoor trips like camping or hiking get dangerous due to the lingering mosquitoes. The solution here seems to be purchasing bug repellants from the store. But what if this is not the solution to getting rid of mosquitoes? Mosquitoes thrive in the summer season due to the heat and warmth. During summers, people tend to expose maximum skin by wearing cotton clothes or fewer clothes on the body.
Furthermore, if you own a pet, they might face difficulties when bug repellants or mosquito spray are in the air. Many also have asthma, and these sprays increase wheezing and trigger breathing problems. Therefore, mosquito or bug repellants are full of harmful chemicals that get rid of mosquitoes and destroy your health. Consider DIY mosquito repellents that you can make at home to avoid getting red bumps and irritation on the skin. This is less harmful and effectively does the job of getting rid of deadly mosquitoes. Here is a list of ways in which you can make a mosquito repellant at home.
Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Repellants
This spreads a refreshing vibe in the air due to the lemon aroma, and the eucalyptus opens up clogged respiratory tracts. Apart from giving a pleasing aroma, lemon eucalyptus, when used in the right way, can get rid of mosquitoes. Mosquito repellents available in the market have this crucial ingredient called deet, responsible for getting rid of mosquitoes. Lemon Eucalyptus effectively eliminates bugs due to menthoglycol or p-methane, which is as effective as deet. Therefore, a natural way of getting rid of mosquitoes is also available.
Steps To Make Lemon Eucalyptus Bug Spray
Make sure you have a container that is capable of spraying. Fill the bottle with thirty or more drops of lemon eucalyptus oil, depending on the need. For the emulsion, either use witch hazel, cooking oil, or an alcohol base like vodka. To add extra fragrance to the repellant, add drops of vanilla extract. Note do not add vanilla extract in excess as the spray might get too intense.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This natural spray works differently than other bug repellants. It creates a sense of diversion for the mosquitoes, i.e., basically make the mosquitoes blind in finding your skin to extract blood. Apple cider, along with a few drops of essential oils, can effectively combat mosquitoes. It has been observed that adding apple cider to the food you eat will add an odor to your body that repels bugs.
When used as a mixture of apple cider and essential oils, this spray adds a layer of protection to your skin. You can combine this with cinnamon oil or mint leaves for a refreshing vibe. The science behind protecting the skin is that the natural spray increases the pH value of your skin, thereby confusing mosquitoes to fly. This technique acts as a divergent agent for the mosquitoes. You can also add catnip oil to the solution, which is said to repel mosquitoes effectively.
Steps To Making Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Get a spray bottle ready of an appropriate size. Add apple cider vinegar according to your needs. For adding a pleasing fragrance, use a few drops of essential oils as discussed in the text. Stop adding the essential oil as soon as you can smell a lite fragrance. To create a good mixture, add some water with the right proportion. Now shake the bottle and allow it to settle before usage.
Lemongrass And Rosemary Oil Bug Spray
Lemongrass is known to give relief and relax your muscles. Apart from this, lemongrass contains citronella, which mosquitos’ do not like. Extracting citronella from lemongrass increases the effectiveness of the compound as it is in pure form. Rosemary comprises compounds such as carnosol and rosmarinic acid. These compounds are helpful in pesticides to prevent getting a mosquito bite.
Thus, blending therapeutic grade lemongrass and rosemary oil extract will be an ultimate weapon against mosquitoes. Apart from this, the limonene component of lemongrass also effectively combats mosquitoes from attacking your bloodstream. Limonene also tends to have anti-inflammatory and anti-stress properties that will soothe your skin in case of a mosquito bite.
Steps To Making Lemongrass And Rosemary Mosquito Repellent
Choose an ideal size bug spray bottle. Add drops of lemongrass extract, add the same number of drops of the rosemary oil extract, and add a few drops of oil. Now, shake the bottle well for a perfect blend. Start using the spray to deter off mosquitoes and bugs.
Melaleuca Oil As Mosquito Repellant
Melaleuca oil, commonly called tea tree oil, has many therapeutic properties that can heal insomnia and other medical conditions. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties useful when suffering from rashes or red bumps on the skin. Thus, it acts as a soothing agent to treat mosquito bites or other kinds of stings from insects.
Tea tree oils act as a growth inhibitor for fleas and bugs around the house. Therefore, spraying tea tree oil around the house will keep the bugs at bay. The tea tree oil extract contains a 1,8-cineole compound which does the same job as the deet. The only difference here is that 1,8-cineole is less harmful to your health than the deet. Thus, tea tree oil is a toxic ingredient for bugs and a therapeutic ingredient for humans. Therefore, an ultimate weapon to fight off nasty mosquitoes sucking your blood.
Steps To Making Tea Tree Oil
Use a spraying bottle. Add drops of tea tree oil extract as per your need. It can be between five drops to eight drops depending on the market. Add a few ounces of essential oil extracts for an excellent fragrance and aroma. Squeeze and shake the bottle before use as it mixes the contents well.
Start working on these DIY mosquito repellant ideas to get rid of mosquitoes lingering in your home. Try some of the different recipes to see which ingredients you think will work better or simply ingredients that smell better together. Before buying standard bug spray, consider the other options available.