Repel mosquitoes without chemicals
Mosquitoes are among the rather unpopular guests who come to visit on nice summer evenings. Many people put up hard guns against the pests, ranging from chemical agents to ultrasound to electrical traps. Nature itself has a whole range of effective options to keep the annoying bloodsuckers at bay. The natural defense methods are not only ecologically more sensible, but also look better.
Some people are stabbed far more often than others. How are the mosquitos attracted? Mosquitoes primarily feel comfortable in the vicinity of water and when warm. The air that people exhale contains carbon dioxide, which is a kind of attractant for the mosquitoes. It is a factor that affects all people equally. Individual differences are body odor and clothing. The little beasts are attracted to certain ingredients in sweat, which are more in some people and less so in others. In addition, mosquitoes increasingly fly to people dressed in black or dark.
Mosquitoes don't fly to the light
Even if the phrase "light off, otherwise the mosquitoes come in!" May seem familiar to many people, the statement that mosquitoes fly primarily into the light is now controversial. Mosquitoes are mainly active at dusk and prefer darkness. It is primarily the smell that attracts the pests. Therefore, the most effective are the agents that secrete strong smells that confuse or obscure the insects' sense of smell.
Plants that keep mosquitoes away
Certain herbs are effective as potted plants for indoor use. These include, for example, basil, chives, lemongrass and lemon balm. Tomato plants also act as a simple home remedy for mosquitoes because their leaves give off an odor that the bloodsuckers avoid. Scented geraniums, fresh lavender, rosemary, marigolds, catnip and garlic are suitable for outdoor use. Among the trees, the walnut tree is the number one mosquito repeller. Its vapors overlay the mosquitos' (and brakes) olfactory senses, which means that they can no longer be perceived by humans.
Essential oils against mosquitoes
Some aromatherapy essential oils also work well to keep mosquitoes at bay. When buying, make sure that these have not been made synthetically if possible. The oils can be evaporated both inside and outside in a fragrance bowl. Inside, however, evaporation should not take longer than two hours. Also, not too much essential oil should be used. Four drops are enough for 20 square meters. Suitable oils are citronella, cinnamon, rosemary, lavender, lemon grass, cedar, eucalyptus, lemon, clove, scented geranium, incense, tea tree, laurel and especially neem.
Essential oils on the skin
The oils mentioned above can also be used for rubbing in. However, it is important to ensure that the oils are not used pure, but are mixed with a carrier oil such as almond oil, sesame oil, calendula oil, olive oil or coconut oil. The pure use is hazardous to health. It should also be ensured that there are no allergies to the respective oil.
The right clothes
As mentioned above, mosquitoes like to fly to darkly dressed people. Light clothing reduces the rate at which mosquitoes drive you. In addition, long and loose clothing offers protection. The mosquitoes can easily pierce through tight-fitting clothing such as leggings. With a long-sleeved, light, breathable summer shirt, the insects have significantly more problems. (vb)