How to Control Mosquitoes Organically
Mosquitoes can ruin your outdoor relaxation, especially during the summer. Although various chemical insecticides may combat the mosquito menace, you may prefer to do it the green way. Organic control of mosquitoes is associated with fewer harmful effects on humans, animals and the environment. Mosquito repellents are a good control measure against the pesky insects. Below is a guide on how to make a natural mosquito repellent.
Step 1 - Obtain Lemon Balm Leaves
Obtain about 2 oz. of dried lemon balm leaves from an organic food store or herbal outlet. Alternatively, you can grow the herb in your garden or in containers. Snip off a few leaves and allow them to dry well. Complete drying may take about 5 days.
Step 2 - Crush the Leaves
Place the dried leaves in a wooden mortar. Using the small pounding club, crush them. Be sure to crush the leaves as finely as possible so they will mix better with water or oil. Transfer the crushed leaves into a small jar.
Step 3 - Mix the Leaves with Water or Oil
Add distilled water to the jar containing the crushed leaves.
Or you may wish to use essential oils to make the spray solution. These have a soothing effect on the skin. Citrus oils, jojoba and grape seed oil work well in oil-based mosquito repellents.
Fill the jar to the top with either distilled water or essential oils. Cover the jar with a secure lid.
Step 4 - Allow the Mixture to Develop
Keep the jar away on a shelf or wherever you can easily reach it. It will take about 2 weeks for the solution to develop. However, be sure to shake the solution well, twice daily for the 2-week duration. Shake it in the morning and evening.
Step 5 - Place the Mixture in a Spray Bottle
After 2 weeks, remove the lid from the jar. Strain the solution into a small container; then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Use the repellent whenever necessary. The scent from the organic repellent works effectively to drive away mosquitoes. It is safe to use and has no harmful effects.
Store the repellent in a dark place or the refrigerator. Kept this way, it will last for up to 1 year. Avoid leaving your organic repellent in a sunlit area, as it will quickly spoil.
- Grow some natural mosquito repelling plants in your yard. Garlic, catnip, lemon grass, basil, rosemary and marigolds are great for driving away mosquitoes. Mix the plants together with your garden crops or make a border around your yard.
- You can also use fresh lemon balm leaves to repel mosquitoes. If you grow the plant at home, simply pluck a few leaves. Rub them against your exposed skin. The scent of fresh lemon balm leaves will drive away mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors, so wear light-colored clothes to limit their presence.