Beware the dangers of tigers, sharks, snakes? Actually, fear the mosquito, the most lethal creature on the planet. More deaths are caused by mosquitoes than any other animal, thanks to bugs’ aid in spreading malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever and encephalitis. A single malarial mosquito can infect more than 100 people; acc to WHO, malaria kills a child every 45 sec in Africa.

Natural ways to avoid mosquitoes this summer

  1. Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus: The active ingredient in oil of lemon eucalyptus is cineole, which has several antiseptic and insect repellent properties when applied to the skin.
  2. Wear Light-Colored and Tightly: In the heat of the summer, wearing light-colored clothing not only keeps you cooler, but it also repels mosquitoes. These blood­sucking insects are attracted to dark-colors. In addition to dressing lightly, be sure to pay attention to how much of your skin is exposed. If you are going to be outdoors for a long time, you’ll want to wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes and socks that cover your skin.
  3. Oil of Citronella (lemongrass): Citronella oil comes from lemon grass, which can be planted for extra mosquito-repelling power. Oil of citronella posses no toxicity risks to humans.
  4. Soybean Oil: Although soybean oil is predominately used in cooking, it does have awe­some mosquito-repelling pow­ers. Soybean-oil-based repellents protected against mosquito bites for an average of 94.6 minutes, which is more than all other botanical repellents used.
  5. Go Fragrance free: Since mosquitoes are attracted to fragrances, it’s a good idea to avoid wearing perfumes and scented products while you’re outside. Of course that doesn’t mean you can’t wear sunscreen, deodorant or use hair products — just make sure they are all fragrance-free.
  6. Lavender Oil: Not only does lavender oil smell simply wonderful, but this essential oil also provides effective mosquito-repelling power.
  7. Garlic: The pungent smell of garlic is the key to keeping mosquitoes away from you. It is believed that garlic is released through the pores & may change your scent, making it harder for mosquitoes to find you and less likely to stay on your skin if they do track you down. Test the mosquito repelling power of mosquitoes by eating it regularly or rubbing raw garlic on your exposed skin.
  8. Reduce Standing Water In and around your home: Be sure to repair failed septic systems, leaky water pipes and outdoor faucets, in addition to cutting your grass short and keeping drains, ditches and culverts free of debris so water can drain properly. Swimming pools, coolers etc should be cleaned and chlorinated regularly and change other water containers that might attract mosquitoes.
  9. Plant Mosquito-repelling Plants: An easy way to repel mosquitoes and spruce up your backyard is to plant bug-repelling plants. Tansies, Marigolds, Catnip, Thai Lemon Grass, Citronella Grass and Garlic are excellent, natural mosquito repellents. These plants give off an odor that’s unpleasant to mosquitoes and will send them flying far away.

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