7 SMART tips to stay SAFE from Mosquitoes
There’s nothing worse than that irritating sound of a mosquito next to your ear, or maybe there is; Mosquito bites and the very real risk of disease. Mosquitoes are very topical at the moment due to the spread of Zika Virus in the Americas. Learn more: What is Zika Virus?
Mosquitoes are the single largest killer of humans on the planet. No other animal comes close, not even other humans. Mosquitoes are mostly a problem during the spring and summer months, requiring warm and wet weather to breed and spread.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes do pose a potential risk to you and your family. Here’s a number of easy to follow smart tips to stay protected from Mosquito bites and stay protected from catching the Zika Virus.
Mosquito Protection away from Home:
1) Repellent Sprays and Wipes:
A scientifically proven repellent is a good repellent. The best mosquito repellent sprays tend to contain active ingredients such as DEET, Geraniol, and Citronella. You simply spray the repellent onto your clothes or skin, as directed. However, the World Health Organization recommends reapplication of sprays regularly and the wearing of long sleeve and trousers to reduce bite risk further.
If you’re not comfortable spraying chemicals onto your clothes or skin, there are a number of natural mosquito repellent options available – these are mostly made from essential oils; such as Citronella, which is found in Citronella Grass and other plants.
2) Mosquito Repellent Bracelets and Bands
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Mosquito repellent bracelets and bands are now available in a huge range of different styles, colors, and active ingredient. A bracelet can be simply placed around the wrist or ankle and forgotten about. Read our article ‘What are Mosquito Repellent Bracelets?’ to learn more.
3) Stay away from areas prone to Mosquito Infestation:
Tall grass; Lakes; Stagnant ponds – all these areas are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes and should be avoided if possible. Check any land and your local area for bodies of stagnant water and clear away if possible.
Mosquito Protection at Home:
4) Mosquito Nets:
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Mosquito nets for doors and windows can easily be applied as a method of preventing mosquitoes and other biting insects from entering your home. There are many durable net designs available on the market that can provide you complete protection from harmful mosquitoes.
5) Mosquito Repellent Candles:
Candles can provide you one of the most wonderful solutions for avoiding mosquito bites as they provide a beautiful look to your house with the amazing scent of natural essential oils that keeps mosquitoes far away. Some of the best essential oils for this purpose are lavender, cinnamon oil, thyme oil, Soybean oil and Greek Catnip oil.
Candles are a fantastic way of adding some style and functional decoration to your home or garden. Specialist candles that contain natural essential oil mosquito repellents can be easily burned in your home or garden. They are functional, yet can be used to add style and decoration to your mosquito-free zone. Repellent candles typically contain Citronella.
6) Mosquito Repellent Essential Oil:
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You can easily make your own natural and organic mosquito repellent sprays with some simple essential oil, glycerin, and a spray bottle. Sprays can be made up using the essential oils of Tea Tree, Citronella, Lavender, Lemongrass, Clove, Peppermint or Clove.
7) Grow Mosquito Repellent Plants:
Some of the best natural mosquito repellents are plants and herbs that can easily be grown in the home as well as in the garden, patio or yard. Read our article: ‘8 Super Effective Mosquito Repellent Plants that mosquitoes HATE’ to learn more.