Last Updated: 9th March 2020
Mosquitoes can be classified into 2 categories,
- Mosquitoes attracted by carbon dioxide and body odors.
- Mosquitoes those carry diseases like dengue, malaria and zika, these mosquitoes prefer bacteria and sweat.
There are plenty of chemical mosquito repellents available in the market but going natural is the perfect way for the long run. Using coils and vaporizers on a regular basis would definitely harm your body.
Here are 11 home remedies for mosquitos in home
Tulsi plant has mosquito repellent properties, hence is a major ingredient in many herbal mosquito repellent vaporizers.
Tulsi releases an odour (the element estragole present in the plant responsible for this scent) which repel the mosquitoes entering the premises.
Apart from this, Tulsi plant can kill the larva of mosquitoes. Planting tulsi in your yards definitely helps prevent mosquito growth.
Neem oil is a natural insect repellent. As per the research conducted by Malaria Research Centre of Delhi, India, neem is ideal to prevent malaria-spreading mosquitoes (Anopheles species).
Neem has anti-virus properties that prevent the malaria-spreading viruses.
- Neem oil may cause skin irritation if you apply directly on the skin.
- You should use cold pressed oil directly from the neem seeds.
Spraying garlic liquid is very common among farmers to keep insects away from farms and gardens. Garlic is also useful to prevent mosquitoes.
Garlic has natural sulphur content which repels the mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes can’t withstand the aroma that lemon and cloves emit together. The combination of citric acid in limes and the fragrance of cloves effectively repels the mosquitoes.
Apart from this, cloves are known to repel house flies naturally.
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Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, a compound used in many insect repellents. Hence, the fragrance of Marigold repels the mosquitoes away.
Rosemary is an easy to grow container herb. The woody scent from rosemary repels mosquitoes.
Other than mosquitoes, the herb is also helpful to repel certain houseflies like carrot flies and cabbage moths.
The Lavender oil is distilled from the English lavender. The crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil which keeps the mosquitoes away especially adult mosquitoes.
Apart from this, lavender is an analgesic and has antifungal and antiseptic properties which help to soothe and calm your skin.
The fragrance of peppermint essential oil is unpleasant to mosquitoes. Hence the presence of peppermint plants can repel the mosquitoes away from your home.
Lemongrass oil is aromatic and most effective oil to repel mosquitoes and several other insects. Lemongrass contains citronella (primary element) which acts in the prevention of mosquitoes.
Citronella oil is made from certain species of grasses in the Cymbopogon grouping of plants.
As per researches on plant based repellents, the formulation of citronella oil is directly proportional to effectiveness.
A correct formula is as effective as DEET (Diethyltoluamide – a most common active ingredient in insect repellents).
Lemon Eucalyptus oil is an effective ingredient in many of the mosquito repellents which is often used as an alternative to DEET. The essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Eucalyptus citriodora tree.
Applying lemon eucalyptus oil on your skin masks the body odour, thereby you become less vulnerable to mosquito attack.
Precaution: Essential oils should not be applied directly to your skin. Applying directly may give a burning sensation on your skin because of the high concentration.
They are always diluted in a carrier oil such as almond oil, jojoba oil or coconut oil, usually 3 to 5 drops of essential oil in 1 tablespoon of carrier oil.
Prepare and keep a DIY mosquito repellent spray at your home. The DIY spray is a healthy way to keep you protected from the itchy mosquito bites.
The spray is made from natural substances, hence are extremely good for kids and pregnant women at your home.
- Rub lemon juice
- Apply a paste of mashed garlic to stop itching
- Apply white vinegar
- Oatmeal for itch relief
- Always consult a doctor if you are extremely intolerant to mosquito bites
We hope these natural mosquito repellent remedies help you save from the itchy bites.
If you know any natural remedies other than mentioned in this article that you personally tested, please share with us in the comment.