Friends will ask skeptically, for the treatment for mosquitoes, why “invent” some natural remedies, if you can install mosquito nets on all the windows and doors of the country house while resting in the garden with ointment-spray from the pharmacy and various industrial “odorants”?
Well, first of all, it doesn’t always work (forgot, ran out, didn’t buy, didn’t install, expensive, etc.). Secondly, some shoddy insect repellents are not very healthy either. At the very least, they can cause allergies. There’s a reason many labels say “Do not use on children under the age of 3, 6, etc.”.
Truly safe and effective insect repellents are expensive. Also, as a rule, they are natural and based on essential oils from plants. We have plenty of these plants at the country house! Why not try using their scent on mosquitoes?
MOSQUITO REPELLENCY OF PLANTS
Basically, all insect repellents work by hiding human scents from insects. For female mosquitoes, we literally smell blood, and they need blood to reproduce. Mosquitoes don’t see us, they smell us. However, if we disguise ourselves from them with extraneous scents, there is hope that they will find us. It is important to note that the essential oils that make up the plant and give it its scent are very proactive and only begin to be released when the plant is damaged.
In other words, if you have a small bush of lavender growing under your window, it is unlikely to stop mosquitoes from coming through your front door. However, if you cut lavender into small packets and hang them above your bed during the season when it is in full bloom, it will greatly increase your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. (If lavender doesn’t repel mosquitoes, it will at least calm them down).
What plant scents repel human mosquitoes? At least, blueberries, elderberries, geraniums, citronella, conifers, citrus, mint, melissa, thyme, garlic, etc.
The scents of pine, fir, and juniper are good for people. It is very healthy to inhale these aromas. But mosquitoes do not like such “ambrosia”. If you do not have a mosquito net in the window, before going to bed can try to kill all the mosquitoes that you can reach, from those that are left, “hidden” behind a bunch of luxurious cut juniper branches.
Another option – take elderberry leaves, crush them with a knife, or cut them up with scissors and put them on a plate. Put it on the windowsill. The likelihood of mosquitoes entering the room through an open window will be reduced. When the leaves have dried, replace them with fresh ones.
You can also easily make natural mosquito repellents from the other plants listed above and their fruits. For example, you can cut a lemon in half, gently insert a few cloves into the pulp, and place these scented repellents next to your bed and on your windowsill.
With the guarantee of a pleasant citrus aroma in the house, mosquitoes should theoretically not be able to smell the lemon “ambrosia” behind you. If you’re still getting mosquito bites, there are two possibilities: either you haven’t showered in a long time, or you don’t have enough lemons per kilogram of “live weight”.
Seriously, though, make sure you take care of mosquitoes before you go indoors. Don’t have a mosquito net? Build it with gauze or other thin fabric. Or, at the very least, leave the doors and windows open at night when the lights are on and remove all sources of standing water from the house. The power of plants does not work against human folly.
HOW DO I USE ESSENTIAL OILS FOR THE TREATMENT FOR MOSQUITOES?
The list of essential oils for controlling bloodsuckers is extensive. In particular, all oils of the pine plant, tea tree, anise, lavender, and all citrus fruits are popular in this regard. However, before using any essential oil, it is best to find out if you are allergic to it. Therefore, it is advisable to apply a very small amount of the essential oil to the upper side of the palm and observe the reaction for a few hours. If everything is normal (no redness, swelling, rash), you can apply this anti-mosquito oil.
To use the mosquito oil, you need to mix it with unscented cream or vegetable oil. 2 tablespoons of cream or vegetable oil (preferably using an oil base: almond, apricot, grapeseed) is enough to take 10 drops of any one essential oil or mixture. Treat the exposed areas of the skin.
Spraying your own hands from mosquitoes can be done with a mixture of 100 ml of water, 10 ml of alcohol, and 10 drops of essential oil. Such a spray can also be used to treat clothes in the garden before going to work or on vacation (although expensive light-colored clothes, I do not recommend spraying such a tool, which can leave stains).
Essential oils can be used indoors in aromatherapy lamps, as well as in gazebos, porches, and general relaxation areas. Pour hot water, 5-7 drops of essential oil into the bowl of an aromatherapy lamp, and light the candle.
Very popular natural remedy for mosquitoes, which can be used with your own hands on the basis of essential oils – mosquito bracelets. Take a random bracelet made of wooden beads, put a few drops of essential oils, and put it on your hands. You can use ribbons of natural fabrics for this purpose.
A GREAT LITTLE REMEDY AGAINST MOSQUITOES IN THE COUNTRYSIDE
But essential oils are not always available. In this case, how to behave? You can make a mosquito repellent with your own hands using products that can be found in the kitchen cabinets or medicine cabinets of almost every housewife.
For example, temporarily you can protect yourself from mosquitoes and apply topically with fish oil. Can’t stand this product since you were a kid? Think of it as a bag of vanillin! You have to like the smell, but it is said that mosquitoes are not very friendly to it.
Put 10 grams of vanillin (not vanilla sugar!) Dissolve in 500 ml of water and apply the solution to your clothes or spray it on your skin. It is also recommended to pour the vanillin solution into a container and place it in an open pergola so that no mosquitoes will bother you during a pleasant party.
Vanillin powder can be added to body creams and this repellent can be applied regularly to exposed areas of the body.
Another option for the medicine cabinet is an alcohol solution of valerian. Instead of perfume, apply this remedy to the throbbing areas of your hands and feet and dab it behind your ears.
You can use a sprayer by dissolving 10 ml of valerian in alcohol and adding it to 500 ml of water. Spray the liquid around yourself.
The smell of cloves is very effective against mosquitoes. 10 g of dried clove buds are poured into 400 ml of water and boiled for 15 minutes. Hold under an airtight lid until cool, then strain and pour into a sprayer (you can buy small containers with spray nozzles in stores today for easy portability). Just spray yourself with the clove infusion before you start working in the Garden, and the mosquitoes won’t like you as much.
The smell of ammonia doesn’t like mosquitoes either. True, humans don’t like it either, and many can’t stand it, but if you’re not one of them, you can try putting a few drops on your clothes or objects around you. Until the smell goes away, it will be an impossible obstacle for mosquitoes to overcome.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO GET BITTEN BY A MOSQUITO?
The biggest, but still real unpleasant, a mosquito bite is itching. You can’t scratch, because it itches more, and scratching the sting in the wound can get infected. And that’s even worse.
Once again, special ointments and creams to relieve itching after a mosquito bite, you can be in pharmacies. And they just need to be ready when you are in the country or on vacation in nature. Especially if you have children with you. But sometimes it happens that there are no special means, and yet somehow you have to be saved. What to use and how to use it?
You can apply a paste of soda or salt to the bite site, which also helps the common green. If a person is allergic to mosquito bites, they should carry a special means of having this medicine prescribed by a doctor if necessary.
If the area is swollen after a mosquito bite, a wet used tea bag can be applied to it. Many people use alcohol or any alcohol-based tincture to wipe the bite site, vodka can also be useful (external application). You can use a solution of vinegar and water (1:2 respectively).
Dear readers How to hide from mosquitoes in your own cottage if you don’t have a modern store-bought repellent? Share your experience in the comments of the article.