Banish the bloodsuckers

I’m sure everyone reading this right now has experienced the redness, the swelling and the uncontrollable itching that comes with a mosquito bite. This article will reveal some of the best ways to repel mosquitoes so you can enjoy a mosquito free summer!

  • Citronella Candles

Citronella essential oil is one of the most effective natural mosquito repellents in the world and one of the best ways to take advantage of this wonderful oil is in citronella candles. These candles will release an aroma that keeps mosquitoes away. Place a few candles around your patio or garden and create a mosquito proof barrier.

  • A Few Drops Of Lavender

Lavender is loved by humans all over the world, but mosquitoes hate it! To keep mosquitoes out of your home, add a drop of lavender to ribbon and place around open windows. The mosquitoes will certainly think twice about entering.

Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil to two tablespoons of vegetable oil and rub onto exposed skin. Not only will you smell beautiful, but it will stop mosquitoes from landing on you.

  • Mosquito Repellent

Apply this on your skin to keep mosquitoes at bay.

  • Throw Rosemary  on the braai

Mosquitoes often strike while we are having a braai, but this simple trick will turn your braai into a natural mosquito repellent, while also adding delicious flavour to your food.

Throw a few stalks of rosemary on the hot coals to give off a mosquito repelling aroma.

  • Plant Mosquito Repellent Plants

There are a number of plants that have mosquito repellent properties, for example feverfew, citronella, catnip and lavender are four of the most effective. Plant these in flower beds or containers placed around your garden and keep mosquitoes away.

  • Eat More Garlic

After eating lots of garlic, garlic oil is gently released from your pores. This garlic oil acts almost like a barrier between your skin and the mosquitoes.

  • Attract Bats

Bats can reportedly eat up to 3 000 mosquitoes per night. Attracting bats to your garden can help to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes and reduce your chances of being bitten.

  • Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes lay eggs in standing water. Getting rid of standing water will cut down the number of mosquitoes in the immediate vicinity. Standing water can include bird baths, puddles and pet water bowls. Make sure gutters are draining well and empty any garden items that collect water.

Here’s a quick hack:


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