If you are mosquito grass and end the summer with marks all over your body, use these tricks to avoid their presence and relieve bites.
- Plants that chase away mosquitoes.
- Scents that keep bugs at bay.
- Other things you can do to avoid mosquitoes at home.
- What to do if a bug bites you.
With summer, in addition to barbecues, pool afternoons, and terrace nights, mosquitoes also appear. These annoying insects bite us to ingest proteins and other nutrients from the blood to finish the formation of their eggs. Only the female’s sting, guided by our scent. Even when we breathe out they get information about whether we are appetizing or not.
If to avoid it you are one of those who buy sprays, electric mosquitoes and all kinds of gadgets, we offer you a list of homemade tricks so that they do not bite you or to relieve bites if you do n. Although no remedy is infallible and some may bite you, these solutions and tricks will scare away bugs and prevent them from biting you.
PLANTS THAT CHASE AWAY MOSQUITOES
If you want to avoid the presence of mosquitoes on the porch, terrace, or balcony, you can do it at the same time that you decorate it. Some plants avoid their presence. The Chinese carnation keeps flies and mosquitoes away, while lavender also drives away horseflies. It also has a very pleasant aroma and beautiful purple flowers that will bring joy to any space. Also geranium lemon is one of the plants that mosquitoes do not support. It is precisely its lemon aroma that scares them away.
The herbs are also very useful, especially mint, basil, thyme, and bay leaf. Put them in your outdoor area and, in addition to preventing the bugs from coming, it will smell good and you will always have fresh spices on hand to cook. And finally, also carnivorous plants. Contrary to what their name seems to imply, they don’t eat meat. What they eat are those mosquitoes that bite you. Also, there are very beautiful and decorative species.
SCENTS THAT KEEP BUGS AT BAY
- The essential oils that smell of citrus are particularly effective, such as lemon oil mixed with almonds, orange, or the eucalyptus. You can also use lavender, rosemary, or geranium.
- The citronella candles are a great mosquito repellent because of the smoke given off. If you place it near the window, you will prevent them from entering the interior. Of course, be careful with drafts and curtains, since you can cause an accident.
- Incense in the bar and even in the form of a plant. In the latter case, also place it on the window and you will see how you keep the bugs away. It is also very decorative, thanks to its small and jagged leaves.
- Lemon and cloves: a grandmother’s trick where they exist. And one of the most effective. Punch a few cloves in half a lemon and put it by the window when you go to sleep.
- Garlic: If your strong smell doesn’t bother you, try cutting several cloves of garlic and putting them in a bowl with water. Let it marinate and then spray the house, especially on the doors and windows.
OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO TO AVOID MOSQUITOES AT HOME
Avoid turning on the light at night with the window open. It is a claim for not only mosquitoes but also moths. Likewise, avoid leaving bottles or glasses open or using products with a lot of perfume, since they are magnets for mosquitoes. Also, if the problem is intense, you can always place a mosquito net on the window, there are fixed ones and they go up and down. Another option, which is also very decorative and will raise the level of your bedroom, is a bed mosquito net. They are romantic, practical, and have an unmistakable summer aroma.
Outside, in addition to surrounding yourself with all the plants that we have told you about, avoid killing other bugs such as spiders – most do not bite -, lizards or frogs. Their food is mosquitoes and they will help you in your war against them. Natural allies are the best.
If you want to confront flies and mosquitoes directly, you can cheat with a plastic bottle. Cut it in half, heat sugar water and when it is cold, pour it into the half bottle with a little yeast. Then you place the other part of the bottle with the neck down, like a funnel. Flies and mosquitoes will be hopelessly attracted to sugar and then will not be able to get out. It’s a little cruel, but it works.
WHAT TO DO IF A BUG BITES YOU
If the remedies that we have told you before do not work – it can happen if it is very windy, you are outdoors or in an area with a lot of mosquito proliferation – these solutions will relieve you and do not sting.
- Water or ice: The first thing you have to do when you realize that a bug has bitten you apply cold water. It will relieve and reduce inflammation.
- Aloe Vera: It is one of the best anti-healing natural remedies. It works against bug bites, because it refreshes and is anti-inflammatory, but also if you have a wound or have burned in the sun.
- Baking water: Make a paste and apply it to the bite to neutralize the pH of the skin. Let it rest for a few minutes, remove the paste, and wash the area.
- Oatmeal: In addition to a very complete food, oatmeal powder mixed with water is very effective in reducing skin inflammations. Make a paste, put it on the bite for 10 minutes, and rinse with water. If you have been riddled and have a bathtub, prepare it with some oatmeal powder and soak for 20 minutes.
- Chamomile: put a bag in water in the fridge for at least half an hour. Squeeze out excess water and put the sachet over the bite for 10 minutes. You can use it several times.