Mosquitoes are the little villains of our everyday life that we cannot seem to get rid of no matter how hard we try. Not only are these insects just plain and simply irritating, they can also prove to be quite dangerous wreaking havoc of diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever, and much more with just one of their little lethal bites.
Not to mention even without the diseases, the bites leaves our skin red, swollen, itchy, and painful which is not a pleasant experience to bear.
There are a plethora of mosquito repellent products available in the market these days and after having the opportunity of trying of them all (the cons of living in an area where mosquitos breed in a large capacity), I can honestly say that even though some of them do work but still none of them can get rid of the mosquitos in your home in a hundred percent effective manner.
So here are 10 tested and proven remedies that you can achieve at home to get rid of the nuisances flying around you.
1. Coffee Grounds
One of the staple ingredients present in every household is coffee powder. It is a natural antioxidant which acts as a contamination threat when it is released in a habitat.
All you need to do is sprinkle some coffee grounds or powder on any area of your home and especially where stagnant water is present. The coffee powder forces the mosquito eggs present in the water to come up on the surface where they tend to die due to lack of oxygen. This technique is a prevention hack as it can help you to kill the mosquito eggs before they grow up and start breeding.
As you have probably guessed by now, most of the items in our list will be among the everyday household staples and garlic is again one of them. Garlic has an element called Allicin present in it which makes the odor of garlic so strong and pungent that you cannot get rid of it easily once you have touched it, even if you wash your hands thoroughly. For this hack, you need to take a few garlic cloves, crush them and then boil them in water. Just put the mixture in a spray bottle and use it around your home as an anti-mosquito spray and you will be good to go.
Salt can be used in two ways when it comes to using it against mosquitos. The prevention technique is to make a potion of water with iodized salt and putting it in a spray bottle. It can be used as a mosquito repellent spray or you can make it into a fine paste and apply it on your skin to get relief from a bite. Either way, the mosquitos won’t be troubling you anymore for sure.
4. Dry Ice
This item on our list is a bit on the non – conventional side but it works nonetheless. This hack is best for the areas where a lot of mosquitos are gathered in groups and breed. A piece of dry ice should be kept in a wide open container which will attract all the mosquitos in its vicinity. You just need to cover the container as soon as the mosquitos enter inside trapping and killing them all at once.
5. Neem or Neem Oil
You can make a potion by boiling Neem leaves with water or use a readymade Neem Oil instead. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of Neem will help in keeping the mosquitos just by either spraying it around your home or rub it on your skin.
Lemon is one of the articles in this list that can be used to repel mosquitos without doing much work. All that needs to be done is spraying lemon juice around your home or placing a few slices of lemon in an open bowl near a mosquito infected area. The fragrance of the lemon acts as a refresher and a mosquito repellent all the while making your smell fresh and summery.
Mint is another one of those items in the organic bunch that can be used in many different ways to repel mosquitos. While most of us love the refreshing smell of mint, mosquitos find it pungent and hard to tolerate. You can just make a solution of mint and water by boiling mint in water and spray that as a vaporizer around your home. Another way of utilizing mint is to rub Mint Oil on the exposed parts of your body. The last but not the least technique is to grow a Mint shrub, you will fight the mosquitos and get fresh mint leaves to use at the same time.
8. Tulsi / Basil
This is one of the hacks that have been passed to generation after generation since the ancient times. Tulsi is meant to be a sacred herb according to the Indian religion but the fact that in unknown to a lot of people is that Tulsi also has antibacterial and antibiotic properties which makes it a natural mosquito repellant. The herb makes it impossible for mosquito larvae to survive and breed further. So go ahead and plant a Tulsi plant near your main doorway or any other place in your home that is filled with mosquitos. Fight the mosquitos while supporting a green and healthy environment.
9. Lilac Oil and Coconut Oil
Lilac Oil is a natural mosquito repellant and when it’s mixed with Coconut Oil, it can be enough to keep the mosquitos at bay effectively. All you need to do is combine both the oils in a ratio of 1:1. This will create such a pungent smell which will make it really hard for the mosquitos to be around. Spray the mixture into your curtains or apply it on your exposed skin, it will do wonders either way.
Making it last on the list are Camphor leaves which are one of the most effective ways to get rid of mosquitos around your home. Camphor has some properties which make it very hard for mosquitos to even stand next to a camphor tree. All you need to do is to close all the doors and windows around your home. Now light a few camphor leaves and wave them throughout the place, especially getting in places where mosquitos breed the most. Now leave them for approximately an hour, and you will have a lovely mosquito free house.
So there you have it folks, a list including so many items that you can find laying around in your house in everyday life very easily. Despite all the devices like coils, mosquito – repellant sprays, fast cards, electrical rackets and traps being there in the market, we still have to deal with mosquitos plaguing our own home without having any control over it. Now you have some ideas that are foolproof and are guaranteed to work so you can enjoy living peacefully in your home and also avoid the harsh chemicals present in all the mosquito – repellent products out there. Go ahead and give them a try and don’t forget to let us know which your favorite one is so far.