When the weather starts to warm up and the days get a little longer, it is so enticing to spend days outdoors. The one thing that can make the outdoors less appealing is the fact that mosquitoes also look forward to summertime. While you always have the option to bring professional pest control services in to help keep mosquitoes at bay on your property, you cannot control the issue in other places. Here are a few surprising and natural ways you can make yourself look much less attractive to a mosquito.
1. Spritz On Apple Cider Vinegar - The bitter taste of apple cider vinegar will surely make you smell and taste less appetizing to a hungry mosquito. Add a few drops to water in a spray bottle and spritz the mixture on your skin regularly while you are outdoors. You can also mix the vinegar with your favorite essential oils to give it a less-pungent odor.
2. Eat Garlic - Garlic has long been promised to ward off vampires in fiction, but perhaps there is some truth to these creative fables. According to the Farmer's Almanac, there are people that swear by this natural remedy to keep nature's vampires away. If you can handle the taste, try eating small pieces of garlic before an outing.If you're not big on the taste, garlic tablets and supplements are thought to provide the same benefits.
3. Carry Catnip - Hydrogenated Catmint oil, from a plant from the mint family used to make catnip, is approved by the FDA as an actual pesticide ingredient. While it is not likely that you would have this oil hanging around, you may have some catnip, and if not, it could be worth buying some. Carrying around a pouch full of catnip in your pockets could help to ward off mosquitoes while outdoors.
4. Rub On Lemon Eucalyptus Oil - Lemon eucalyptus oil, also referred to as LEO, is known to be an active ingredient in many natural store-bought bug repellents. A study in Australia showed that repellents made with at least 30 percent LEO offered protection from mosquitoes for three whole hours.
If you are having major issues with mosquitoes and their natural attraction to you, there may be things you can do to help keep them off of your skin. Talk to a pest control professional (such as one from IPM - Intelligent Pest Management) about other natural remedies to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer.