Mother Earth Living

8 Safe Ways To Beat Mosquitoes

Natural alternatives to prevent mosquito bites
By Natural Home Staff
May/June 2004

Get rid of mosquitoes naturally.
Shutterstock


Content Tools

Related Content

Natural Tips on How to Avoid Mosquitoes

With a little know-how, you can avoid mosquito bites this summer.

How to Make a Homemade Bug Repellent Spray

Mother Earth Living Editor-in-Chief Jessica Kellner shares how to make a homemade bug-repellent spra...

8 Ways to Green Your Thanksgiving Celebration

Give thanks and give back to the earth this Thanksgiving by greening your celebration. Here are eigh...

Tuesday Video: How to Avoid Disposable Utensils and Paper Products

These money- and waste-saving alternatives to paper and plastic products eliminate the temptation to...

With West Nile virus scare season upon us, health officials are bidding folks to apply toxic, DEET-containing mosquito repellents. Though effective at stopping bites, DEET can cause seizures in young children and is unadvisable for infants and pregnant or lactating women. Why not try natural alternatives?

1. Ban bug breeding. Eliminating areas of standing water such as clogged gutters and birdbaths denies mosquitoes breeding grounds.

2. Go natural. A number of nontoxic, botanical insect repellents are sold in health food stores. These products should be reapplied every thirty minutes or so to remain effective.

3. Deploy soy. Repellents containing soybean oil reportedly protect against mosquitoes for about ninety minutes—comparable to DEET.

4. Sick ’em with citronella and geranium. Candles containing these aromatic oils keep bloodsuckers away from decks and patios. Another option: a spray machine that periodically releases plant oils into the air.

5. Grow repellent herbs. Plant flowerpots with geranium, lemon balm, catnip, basil, lemon thyme, and lemongrass. Crush the herb and rub on your skin. (First, test a small area to determine skin sensitivity.)

6. Trap them. Mosquito traps release natural gases that lure mosquitoes into sticky traps, vacuums, or electrocution grids. Caveat: The traps may actually attract mosquitoes.

7. Blow them away. Set a fan on your deck, patio, or porch. Mosquitoes don’t fly well through wind.

8. Dress for success. In infested areas, wear mosquito-net hoods, shirts, and pants.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe today and save 50%

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Subscribe to Mother Earth Living!

Welcome to Mother Earth Living, the authority on green lifestyle and design. Each issue of Mother Earth Living features advice to create naturally healthy and nontoxic homes for yourself and your loved ones. With Mother Earth Living by your side, you’ll discover all the best and latest information you want on choosing natural remedies and practicing preventive medicine; cooking with a nutritious and whole-food focus; creating a nontoxic home; and gardening for food, wellness and enjoyment. Subscribe to Mother Earth Living today to get inspired on the art of living wisely and living well.

Save Money & a Few Trees!

Pay now with a credit card and take advantage of our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. You’ll save an additional $5 and get six issues of Mother Earth Living for just $14.95! (Offer valid only in the U.S.)

Or, choose Bill Me and pay just $19.95.