Mosquito Repellents and Bite Reminders

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We love summer but staying away from mosquitoes is annoying. No one wants to wear long clothes in the heat just to prevent mosquito bites, but the bugs can be relentless.
Natural Bug Repellents
  • A higher body temperature and more sweat make you more likely to be bitten. A first step is to wash off any sweat and keep your body temperature down.
  • Drinking apple cider vinegar changes the odor of your perspiration and can help ward off mosquitoes. Try spraying a mixture of apple cider vinegar and white vinegar on your skin, or drinking apple cider vinegar switchel daily.
  • Lemon Eucalyptus essential oil  repels mosquitoes.
  • Some people swallow slivered garlic to ward off summer pests. Others take garlic tablets or rub garlic juice directly on their skin.
  • See a recipe below to make your own natural bug repellent.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in Your Yard
  • To keep mosquitoes to a minimum, eliminate their breeding sites on your property. They need standing water to lay their eggs in, so empty those puddles, old cans, buckets, and plant pots. If you have a pond, don’t worry-dragonflies love ponds, and they are a big mosquito predator.
  • Certain plants may repel mosquitoes. Marigolds, chrysanthemums, asters, and pyrethrum daisies, as well as herbs such as basil, anise, and coriander.
  • Citronella candles are not proven to work, however the smoke repels mosquitoes.
  • Add a bat house to your home. One small brown bat can eat as many as 600 mosquitoes in one hour!
  • Be aware that using pesticides to get rid of mosquitoes can also harm more beneficial bugs like fireflies and dragonflies. Try home remedies before making that decision!

Mosquito Bite Relief

  • It helps to ice the area of the bite to constrict the capillaries near the skin’s surface and reduce swelling.
  • If you are going to use a topical cream, stay away from caladryl and calamine lotions for mosquito bites; it’s better to apply a low-potency hydrocortisone and simple patience.
  • Remember not to scratch the bite; this will only make it worse. For itchy bites, rub on meat tenderizer or lemon juice. A paste of mashed garlic can also help make bug bites stop itching.
  • White vinegar is another remedy for relieving the itch of insect bites. Apply it in full strength. Don’t use vinegar if the area is raw.
  • A paste of baking soda and water can provide much-needed relief to bug bites.
  • Oatmeal can also help to provide itch relief.
Article adapted from Almanac.com.

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