Hi there friends!~ Let’s face it, none of us like those pesky mosquitoes. Their bites are super itchy and many carry diseases like the West Nile virus. Today I am going to share some simple tips that are tried and true on keeping the mosquitoes away this summer. These little critters just come with the territory with camping and backyards. We certainly can’t change nature or control it, but we can find ways to combat the issues we have. Bug sprays smell bad, are greasy, sticky and have chemicals in them. I don’t care for spraying them on my skin.
There are other options. Let’s start with a diy mosquito repellent. So many of us are going the natural route these days and this a great alternative. Always be mindful of what you are putting on your children’s skin. They may react or be sensitive to it. These natural essential oils are great when even sprayed on clothing to ward off the bugs. Clove, Lavender, Mint, Cedar, Rosemary, Tea tree oils are just a few that work fantastic. You can find Essential oils here on Amazon. ArtNaturals Aromatherapy Top 6 Essential Oils 100% Pure
Depending on what oil combination you are using here are a few mixed combinations:
10 drops of Rosemary added to 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol or vodka, ½ cup vinegar, ½ cup of natural witch hazel.
You may also add 1 teaspoon of vegetable glycerin just to keep the solution combined well. If excluding the glycerin just be sure to shake your mixture well each time before use.
Invest in a small spray bottle and keep exclusively for your natural repellent.
Find on Amazon the Tolco Empty Spray Bottle. You can probably find a cheaper spray bottle even at the Dollar store.
Tip #2: Keep dryer sheets on hand and scattered about the vicinity, under tablecloths, or closer to food. These also ward off the bees. Even keep a few in your pockets. You will at least always smell fresh:)
Tip #3: Sprinkling some coffee grounds in stagnate water is an age old trick that people have used for years. When you sprinkle the grounds in stagnant waters it will deprive mosquito eggs of oxygen. I know its sort of sad to think you are committing murder to a mosquito, but they suck! Literally LOL.
Tip#4: Did you know that burning sage wards off evil spirits? It’s true and many new home owners and realtors do this before home showings and purchases of a new home. Well, sage also burned in your campfire will deter those nasty mosquito’s from coming around. Plus it smells great, but not to them, they hate it! Next time you get your campfire cooking, give it a try.
Tip #5: Lemon and orange peels work well if they are fresh. If you don’t mind smelling like a citrus tree, give it a try by rubbing the peels into your skin.
BONUS TIP: Simple plants and flowers such as Marigolds, Lavender, Citronella grass, catnip and Rosemary herbs repel the bugs as well. Place these plants in areas where guests will be often such as by a seating area or a doorway.
That’s about all the tips I have for you today. Thanks for stopping by Glamper Happy.
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