Summer = Bugs.
And Bugs = Pain & Annoyance
Am I right? For some reason I seem to be one of those people that mosquitoes just love. Maybe my blood tastes like candy, I don’t know. Whatever it is, I’ve always had issues with getting dozens upon dozens of mosquito bites each year and on me, they don’t stay nice and small. They get huge a puffy and horribly itchy.
Last year we changed things up in our outdoors routine though and didn’t have much of a problem with mosquitoes or even ticks. (In comparison to my parents who lived just down the road and pulled hundreds of ticks off their dogs.) Here’s some of the simple things we did for natural mosquito control.
Wore jeans *most of the time* when we went out fishing.
However we tend to fish in a river with sandy banks so our main enemy is flies there.
Wore hoodies or jackets in the evening.
Mosquitoes definitely get worse in the evening hours when it cools down a bit. We tried to stay covered as much as we could.
Used coconut oil.
I’m not sure what it was about it, maybe we were just lucky, but I used coconut oil as a lotion daily and something I used did seem to keep the bugs away (and I don’t use any other lotions or sprays on my skin).
Those are just a few things we did that fit well into our everyday lives. There are also these other alternatives that you can do also that are natural and help keep the mosquitoes away.
- Make your own citronella candles. You could either make Soy Candles, Beeswax Candles, or Olive Oil candles and simply add in drops of citronella oil as you create the candles. This method works ok if you don’t mind the smell of citronella and if you plan on staying in one place for the evening.
- Prevent mosquitoes from breeding around your home. Don’t leave standing water anywhere. If you have kiddie pools, empty them out when you are done. Don’t keep bird baths. Even puddles on the ground can be potential breeding grounds. Fill them with dirt and plant grass seed.
- Catnip, rosemary, and marigolds are all plants that you can plant around your yard or flower gardens to help prevent mosquitoes from coming around. To make each of these plants fully effective however, you’ll need to crush some of the leaves when you go by them. (Scatter them around your yard if you can!)
- Use garlic. This supposedly helps prevent ticks and mosquitoes from coming around you. While not the best smelling thing you could use, it might smell better than traditional bug spray. Crush garlic and dab the juice on your skin.
What are your favorite methods of natural mosquito control? What do you find to be the most effective?