The quality of sweat is put forward to explain that mosquitoes are attracted to some people rather than others. The release of CO2 (carbon dioxide), related to breathing and sweating, is the first element that attracts them. And therefore, the more CO a person emits2, the more mosquitoes it attracts. In addition, sweat contains lactic acid, another substance that attracts mosquitoes. A good part of the tips and tricks to repel mosquitoes is therefore to repel them by dispersing odors that they do not like.
Tip # 1 – Avoid sweating
We have explained to you that these are two substances contained in perspiration that are particularly attractive to mosquitoes. Also, the more limited the sweating, the less mosquitoes will be attracted.
People who are stung regularly will gain:
- to rinse the skin regularly with clear water,
- not to expose yourself to direct sunlight and to put in the shade,
- to limit their activity level to limit sweating.
Tip # 2 – Diffuse essential oils
Citronella is a scent known to be effective in scaring away mosquitoes. It indeed contains two molecules, citronellol and geraniol, which disrupt the nervous system of mosquitoes and blur their bearings.
However, the action is limited in time and it is not recommended in the presence of pregnant breastfeeding women and children under 3 years old. Compared to other methods, this is not the most effective solution for controlling mosquitoes.
To strengthen its action, you can combine the essential oil of lemongrass with that of geranium Rosat which contains more citronellol or with that of Palmarosa, also called Geranium of India, which contains more geraniol.
Chamomile essential oil is also a good mosquito repellent.
Tip # 3 – Use cloves
The scent of cloves repels mosquitoes with amazing effectiveness.
To diffuse this scent, cut a lime in half, poke each of the lemon halves of 15 cloves and place them on a plate near the space you occupy. This device also repels flies.
Tip # 4 – Plant mosquito repellent flowers
Petunias, lavender, nasturtium, tansy, marigolds, calendulas and of course geraniums are plants that combine business with pleasure. Most of them can be planted in a planter and take place on window sills.
Tip # 5 – grow mosquito repellent aromatic plants
Mint, savory, lemon balm, lemon thyme, lemon basil, aurone, basil are aromatic plants that will enhance your dishes while keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Nepetas, also called cat mint, will be useful to cat lovers. Indeed, these herbs attract them (by the nepetalactone contained in leaves and stems) and cats rub, scratch and roll on them.
A few pots of lemon basil placed in the center of the garden table will allow an outdoor meal to take place away from mosquitoes.
Tip # 6 – Plant Eucalyptus Or Tomatoes Near Your Windows
The eucalyptus foliage, silver-gray in color with bluish reflections, is persistent and will bring a touch of green to your environment throughout the year. The leaves are rounded when they are young and lengthen as they age. Eucalyptus contains eucalyptol, giving off an odor combining a minty scent and camphor.
Tomato plants also repel mosquitoes, as do spiders.
Tip # 7 – Coat the skin with a natural mosquito repellent
Chemical repellents are sold in pharmacies. It is DEET which is the basis of the compositions. The scientific name for the molecule is N, N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, which can cause a skin reaction in some people.
If you are not very attracted by the use of this type of product, which smells otherwise not always pleasant for our human nose, know that you can apply to your skin from monoi. Best known for its moisturizing effects on the skin and hair, monoi is also effective in repelling mosquitoes. Resulting from the maceration of tiare flowers in dried coconut oil, monoi is a two-in-one product.
If you like lemony scents, you can crush a few lemon balm leaves and rub bare skin areas with it. You can do the same with the tomato leaves.
Tip # 8 – Use a fan
The mosquito is a light insect that weighs only between 2.5 and 10 mg. A breath is enough to counter its flight. So the use of a fan that can project the air at a speed of 70 km / h is probably the most natural and less chemical way to get rid of mosquitoes. It is still necessary to support the flow of air generated, which is not the case for everyone. The device is effective enough to be listed by the American Mosquito Control Association.
Tip # 9 – Put soap in water
This last tip is more of a trap than a repellant but it is worth mentioning because it can allow you to organize an outdoor dinner without worrying about mosquitoes. It’s just a matter of filling several deep plates with soapy water and arranging them all around the space you occupy. Lemon washing up liquid will be more effective in attracting mosquitoes which will drown, weighed down by the action of the soap.