The weather is getting warmer, but it’s also getting a little muggier, and even though you may prefer less humidity in the air, there’s one thing that absolutely loves the moisture in the atmosphere:
Mosquitoes are known to be more numerous around standing water, and during the evening, when the air begins to get a little heavier, the hordes of mosquitoes seem to multiply. One way to avoid any bites from these summertime pests is to cover yourself from head to toe in clothing. Always wear long sleeves, long socks and long pants.
That method will definitely keep the mosquitoes from pestering you, but with temperatures climbing, chances are you’ll want to be in a t-shirt, shorts and sandals. We sure do!
So instead of donning the winter gear to avoid the bug bites, here are 5 natural ways that will keep the mosquitoes away.
Surround Yourself with Mosquito-Repelling Plants
Certain smells do very well to keep the mosquitoes at a safe distance, and there are a handful of plants that put off mosquito-repelling scents.
Citronella plants, which happen to be an ingredient in the vast majority of mosquito repellant sprays, is an example of a plant whose scent will send mosquitoes running for the hills. These plants grow extremely fast, so you can plant them yourself, or you can order them full grown from places such as Amazon.
Here is a list of other plants that will keep mosquitoes away:
- Lemon Balm
BBQ the Bugs Away
Many people head outdoors during the summer for cookouts, but constant pestering and biting from mosquitoes can really put a damper on the party. One secret to getting them to leave you alone lies with your BBQ. Well, lies on, actually.
Toss a couple of rosemary stalks on the grill and let their aroma-filled smoke do the work. Leaving the stalks in the ground does work as well, but burning the stalks gets the scent into the air quicker, and it covers a larger area.
Fight the Bite with Fire
Just like you can burn rosemary to keep mosquitoes at bay, burning sagebrush will do the same thing. It’s OK to put rosemary on the grill because it won’t affect the flavor, but tossing sagebrush onto the grill will give your meat a bit of a … desert flavor.
This hack is more for when you’re out camping and you’re all sitting around the campfire. Round up a bit of sagebrush that’s around your campsite and toss some branches into the fire. Sagebrush comes in many different varieties, but most kinds have green, prickly leaves and stringy bark that is extremely dry. With all of the smoke that campfires put off, you could have a bite-free area in just a couple minutes.
Essentially Send Them Off with Citrus and a Wick
It seems every day that people are finding new and creative things to do with orange peels. Sure, you’re going to have to divvy up the peel for when your garbage disposal is starting to take on a bit of an odor or when you’re heading out to the garden, but at least keep one half of the peel and dedicate it to combating mosquito bites.
To get this candle project started, slice open an orange and scoop out the fruit inside. (Feel free to eat it, too!) Clean out one of the peel halves as best you can and then mix up some oil-infused wax for a citronella-and-citrus candle. These candles look really cool as a patio-table decoration, and they also emit a soft-smelling, mosquito-fighting fragrance.
If you’d like more of a fragrance-free candle option or you want to create multiple candles with different scents, Stephanie at Garden Therapy has a good how-to for making beeswax candles that will do a great job at repelling mosquitoes as well.
Set the Stage for a Bug-Free Night
Mosquitoes are most often found near standing water, so something you can do before the cookout even starts is taking a walk around the yard and getting rid of any standing water. Sometimes, rainwater or sprinkler water will settle in divots in the ground and other places capable of holding water, so empty out as much of the water as you can to keep the mosquitoes away.
Also, mosquitoes don’t have very strong wings, so setting up a fan and putting it on low will keep the mosquitoes from flying near the table.
Sometimes it’s easier to not bother with eating outside. We can think of the perfect place – and we have plenty of refreshing drinks and tasty choices for the whole family.
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