Everybody loves summer, but not everybody loves the creatures that it brings, specifically the pesky mosquito. There’s nothing more annoying than constantly having to swat away mosquitoes when trying to enjoy the outdoors, and with the recent Zika virus epidemic there is even more reason to ward off these pests.
Although commercial bug sprays may be effective at keeping mosquitoes away from you, most of them contain the chemical DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET has been shown to cause a variety of health problems, ranging from mild side effects such as skin irritation or allergic reactions, and more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference.
Natural Bug Repellents
But the good thing is that you do not need to expose yourself to harmful and dangerous chemicals because there are natural methods which can repel insects.
Many studies proved that lemon eucalyptus essential oil is very effective in repelling mosquitoes. Also, citronella essential oil is considered as very useful because of its strong scent.
A study showed that the peel of citrus fruits like tangerines, limes, oranges, lemons, and grapefruits contain substances which can repel mosquitoes and many other insects. These citrus fruits are very effective due to its strong smell and will help you to keep the pests at bay.
Mosquito repellent mason jars
he use of mason jars is one of the most effective ways of using essential oils and citrus fruits to repel mosquitoes. Here is how to make you own mosquito repellent mason jar:
– 2 mason jars
– 1 lemon, sliced
– 1 lime, sliced
– 4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
– 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
– 10 drops of citronella essential oil
- Add a same amount of lime and lemon slices into the jars
- Snd into each jar add 2 sprigs of rosemary.
- Then, pour water into the jars
- Snd add the essential oils but make sure not to mix them together.
- If it is needed, you can add more water.
Backyards, porches, and campfires are the best places for these jars. To activate these mosquito repellents, all you need to do is to light a candle.