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Herbal mosquito deterent weapon, mosquito deterent plant

Mosquito deterentFighting mosquitoes is a matter of long and expensive researching, when scientists try to find some new effective chemical that would be maximally safe for humans but mortally dangerous for mosquitoes. Why not to use what nature gives in order to simplify the fight against mosquitoes in your home environment? Using mosquito deterent herbs are totally safe for people. Being a beautiful decoration of your garden and courtyard, such plants can make mosquitoes refuse from coming inside.

The matter is in substances that herbs contain and produce. If you want to create a natural barrier for big amounts of mosquitoes, keeping them away from your house, plant these herbs. The first one is horsemint. It is well-known mosquito deterent plant, also called citronella. This is a common herb for the Eastern USA, grows on sandy soils. Horsemint also is used in medicine to cure flu. It acts as a natural antibacterial and fungicidal medication. The active ingredient of its essential oil is tymol, it acts as a mosquito repelling element.

Another popular mosquito deterent herb is rosemary. It is one of the oldest mosquito repellents from the Mediterranean climatic zones. It can grow in gardens and is well-adjustable for cultivation at home, even with moderate climate. If your climatic conditions don’t allow growing rosemary in the garden, you can buy its essential oil. By mixing a few drops with 50 ml of olive oil you can make an effective repellent for your body. The mix can be used for a long time, if to keep it in cool and dry space. Essential oil, as well as olive spoil very slowly. Rosemary is a useful plant, both as a seasoning and a repelling weapon from mosquitoes. So if you have proper conditions, it is better to plant it near your home.

One of the most useful medical herbs, marigolds can be also used for keeping mosquitoes away from you. The flowers of marigolds
have specific odor that act as a mosquito deterent element. The herb is not whimsical, the only thing it needs is enough sun light. They can be grown from seed.

The other plant whose odour makes mosquitoes fly away is ageratum. This small herb with charming blue and white flowers is widely used in perfumery, as well as in producing of herbal repellents. It is not recommended to use ageratum oil or some derivative elements directly on your skin, but as a stand-alone mosquito repelling bush it works perfectly. And ideally suits the most of house exteriors.

The real winner of herbal repellents is catmint. It was proven by researches that its effectiveness is a few times more than DEET. It is a small perennial plant, can be easily grown from seed, and it won’t cause any inconvenience in cultivation. Besides its repelling qualities and intoxicating influence on cats, catmint is also a good ingredient for an aromatic herbal tea. It has useful influence on human body, so can be used for different therapies.

All aforementioned plants can be used for repelling mosquitoes. To do this just cut off its leaves and crush to make it aroma more intensive. Rosemary and catmint can be used directly on skin – just pound a few leaves and rub on skin or clothes. They have pleasant odour that won’t spoil the atmosphere.

A wide choice of mosquito repelling means

Mosquito repellingMosquitoes are quite widespread almost in all continents, and each one has its own remedies for annoying insects. Their bites are not as painful, as dangerous because mosquitoes are carriers of dangerous diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever and many other. By biting people these tiny insects can cause aggressive allergic reaction.

Some mosquitoes prefer animals and birds instead of people, some use mixed diet, biting both humans and animals. The most of insects are attracted by the heat produces by human body, as well as by carbon dioxide produced by breathing lungs. This peculiarity was used for creating propane-powered mosquito repelling zappers that attract mosquitoes in the same way as people do, distracting them from the real victims. These devices are usually put near living houses and in the gardens, where there is a danger to be caught by a flight of biting insects.

Mosquito zappers send signals similar to human body, producing heat and carbon dioxide trails that are two major attractive features for blood-seeking bugs. However this trap makes them imprisoned in a net where they have nothing except dehydration. Sometimes the devices also contain some other chemicals that are used for attracting wider range of insects.

The effectiveness of such devices is rather high, however they are not enough to get rid of all mosquitoes around your house or in the courtyard. There are lots of insects flying around, and the zapper should be turned on constantly. Female mosquitoes can hide in shadowy garden even during the daytime.

It is far more efficient to use such mosquito repelling zeppers together with more commonly used repelling substances that are widely spread and available for everyone. Among such substances there are vitamin B-1, natural vanilla, marigolds, citrosa plant, garlic. These natural herbs and substances act as repellents. Some creams with real vanilla can be used as a repellent for skin, as well as marigold and citrosa plant oil. These traditional ingredients act less aggressively than chemical repelling substances, however they do not affect skin and body badly. For better effectiveness, you just need to re-use them more frequently.

According to specialists, one of the most effective mosquito repelling methods is physical barriers. If you like to spend the time outside, try to wear shirts with long sleeves, long pants, socks and closed shoes. Try to use light-toned clothes, it seems less attractive for bugs. Face still remains unprotected, however you can use herbal repelling cream on it.

The other physical barrier is a mosquito net. It is very popular in southern countries as a protection while sleeping. For a good effect the net should be pulled around the bed with some spare space on its sides, as while your body is close to the net, it is an achievable target for mosquitoes.

Besides mechanical, herbal and physical barriers there is one more method of fighting mosquitoes – a chemical method. Repellents make your body tasteless for bugs, tricking them by misleading them with the help of chemical substances. There are also chemical insecticides, poisons that kill mosquitoes after the contact with covered surface.