I just love getting bit by a swarm of friendly mosquitoes!” — Said No one. Ever.
As soon as the weather gets nice, those annoying little bugs come out to feast. After a long hot day, you finally get a chance to put your feet up and relax, and you may think, “What a lovely evening to unwind outside on the porch.” You last about two minutes outside before your calm evening is interrupted by those frustrating bugs that just won’t leave you alone.
Try some of these simple tricks to keep those pesky mosquitoes away, and get back to enjoying your evenings outside!
Grow an herb garden. Either plant them directly in the ground or fill some pretty planters with any of the herbs listed below. Place the planters on your porch or wherever you like to enjoy the outdoors for an attractive, multi-functional mosquito repellent.
- Lemon balm
Remove standing water. Considering mosquitoes breed and pass through life cycles in standing water, it is important to eliminate any source of stagnant water. If your backyard oasis includes a pond or bird bath, use a pump or fountain to aerate the pond water and be sure to change the bird baths once a week.
Pamper your skin. An alternative to that sticky bug spray can be found in a relaxing bath or morning shower. Add some drops of citronella oil* to your bath water or to your shower soap and you’ll be ready to ward off mosquitoes the next time you head outdoors.
*Please note, you should always consult a reference guide when using essential oils.
Burn some sage. Enjoy some backyard ambiance with a lovely summertime fire pit. Add some smoking sage to the pit, and applaud your creatively designed, natural mosquito repellent.
Be laundry fresh. No time to bath in that homemade citronella soap? No worries. Grab a few dryer sheets and place them in your pockets or purse to keep those annoying bugs away. The chemicals in dryer sheets ward off gnats and mosquitoes.
Eat more garlic. Oh, the many health benefits of garlic. Another great perk of feasting on some garlic is the repelling scent released from your pores that no mosquito can stand.
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