Preventing deadly diseases like malaria, dengue, and even yellow fever is as simple as avoiding mosquito bites. Yes, these bug-borne diseases can be contracted from a little bite from an infected mosquito. But how do you prevent getting bitten by mosquitoes?

Lucky for us, advancement in technology and medicine has afforded us many solutions to  prevent mosquito bites. Mosquito repellents are commercially available in drug stores now which come in either lotion or spray forms. Aroma lamps for essential oils are also available commercially which you can hang in your home at night to attract and kill mosquitoes and other insects. However, I believe that the best solution is home remedies which you can prepare yourself with common household ingredients.

There are many things in your home, which can be used to effectively repel mosquitoes.

Here are a few household items that you can use to prevent mosquito bites:

Garlic

Garlic is said to be one of the most effective mosquito repellent. When going to mosquito-infested areas, rub a good amount of garlic juice uniformly over exposed areas of the skin. However, avoid the eyes as it may cause irritation.

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Essential Oils from Plants

Some plants naturally produce chemicals that repel or even kill certain types of pests and insects. Extracting these essential oils can be a tricky task, but it’s a good thing that some essential oils can readily be purchased. And when mixed with alcohol or distilled water, can easily become mosquito repellents. Lavender, basil, cedar, citronella, and eucalyptus oils are just some of the many essential oils which you can use to make your own mosquito repellents. Spraying it over your body or clothing before heading outdoors will help you counter those pesky mosquitoes.

Oranges and other citrus fruits are delicious. Apart from being a great source of vitamin C, oranges and citruses can also be used as insect repellents. Oil from oranges can be extracted easily and made into an effective mosquito repellent to prevent mosquitoes from biting you. What you can do is create a orange oil and vanilla mix which you can put in a small spray bottle and spray it on exposed skin.

Fine Mist Spray bottleIf you can’t buy orange oil directly, you can use orange zest or peelings from oranges. Gather them together and put them on small squares of aluminum foil and place the foils with the orange zest in and around areas where you notice a lot of mosquitoes are hanging around.

Aside from common household items, there are also a few simple things which you can easily purchase that are also helpful in preventing mosquito bites.


New Mountain NM-12 Sandalwood Mosquito SticksSandal Wood Sticks

Sandalwood sticks are similar to incense sticks in the sense that you both burn them. However, instead of sending your prayers to Buddha, sandalwood sticks can help drive away mosquitoes from your home.

Sandalwood sticks

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Sandalwood is a natural insect repellent and is a great alternative to chemical fogging machines. If you plan on having a party in your backyard but are worried about mosquitoes, you can burn a few sandalwood sticks on certain spots in your yard to drive them away.

Mosquito repellent bracelets are also useful little devices which can protect you from mosquito bites. These handy bracelets can be worn just like ordinary bracelets but they contain active ingredients in them which mosquitoes find repulsive. Many mosquito bracelets have ingredients like DEET and Citronella which are known to be effective in repelling mosquitoes. But because these bracelets contain a certain amount of DEET, always check its label for government approval before actually buying one.

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While the points mentioned above are effective ways in preventing mosquito bites, the best way is to prevent them is to kill them at an early stage. Mosquitoes start out as eggs which mature mosquitoes lay in stagnant water. When they hatch, they turn into larva and then mature to become the flying pests we know them to be. One effective way of eradicating these pests from your property is to not give them a place to lay their eggs. If you have stagnant waters in your yard, make sure to drain them before mosquitoes can lay eggs on them. However, you have a pond, draining might not be a good idea. What you can do, though, is keep fish in the pond which prey on mature mosquitoes and larva.

For severe cases of mosquito infestations, you can contact your local pest-control company to help you with fogging your yard with pesticide to control mosquito populations. Alternatively, you can purchase mosquito traps and bug zappers to keep the mosquito outside your home, and away from your family members.