Mosquitoes are described as small, harmful flies, with an irritating, whining sound.
Despite their tiny stature, they can cause you sleepless nights, or even worse-Malaria. A recent report by WHO (world health organization) states, “Malaria deaths reached 445,000 in 2016, a similar number (446,000) to 2015.” With the development of technology, there has been the development of modern chemicals, bulbs, nets and technology to control mosquitoes. However, nature does it best. Natural remedies help in curbing mosquitoes safely and conserve your environment too.
let’s explore simple, natural ways to tackle mosquitoes.
Destroy Natural Breeding Grounds
The most effective way to address a given problem is by tracing and dealing with the root cause. Mosquitoes breed well in places with stagnant water. In most cases, such spots include tins /containers in the compound, exposed troughs, holes, trenches and gutters. Any spot with standing water is favourable for breeding mosquitoes. Areas which encourage breeding and multiplication of mosquitoes should be destroyed. Gutters and trenches should be cleared of water. This way, mosquitoes will be left without a place to breed. This is a permanent way to get rid of these harmful insects which transmit diseases. It is a long-term process requiring regular inspection of the compound and draining of stagnant water.
Plant the Right Herbs and Trees in your Compound.
Unknown to many, specific trees, flowers and herbs are medicinal in nature. They are not only good for human beings but also perfect for eradicating mosquitoes. Plants and trees such as rosemary, neem, lemon thyme, and ageratum and citronella geraniums are natural mosquito repellants. The leaves and flowers produce a unique smell which drives them away. Mint and marigold are additional examples of herbs and trees which make effective mosquito repellants.
Planting such trees is advantageous in that they keep the air clean, fresh and cool in addition to controlling the insects. However, they should be neat and well-trimmed at all times for best results and effectiveness of this method.
Majority of people hate garlic due to its strong unpleasant smell. However, it is a natural spice which boosts a person’s health to great heights.
Garlic is known to strengthen immunity and fight certain diseases. Just like human beings, mosquitoes hate the pungent smell associated with garlic and this is what keeps them away.
For maximum benefits, crash several pods of garlic (depending on the area size) add a reasonable amount of water, then allow the mixture to boil for around ten minutes. After this, let the mixture to cool then spray the house and the surrounding environment. Also, if you can stand the smell, you can spray your body to prevent mosquito bites since the smell repels them.
Use Lavender and Neem Oil.
Lavender is popular for its sweet, great smell. Most people plant it in gardens due to the cool fresh fragrance. Surprisingly, it is a good mosquito repellant. The smell is far too strong for the insects hence keeping them away. Lavender oil can be used either as a room freshener or skin ointment. Whether applied on the skin or sprayed in the room, mosquitoes will definitely go away.
Neem oil should be applied sparingly on the body. it’s antibacterial and antiviral properties repel and kill mosquitoes one should mix equal parts of neem and coconut oils after which the mixture will be used as a natural mosquito repellant. Neem is also known for other medical benefits.
Keep Trees, Grass and Flowers Pruned.
Mosquitoes are interesting insects. They hate direct sunlight and love cool, humid temperatures this explains why they are active during the night. In addition, mosquitoes enjoy cool shade and shelter provided by thick branches, grass and vegetation. This is their ideal habitat. By trimming or pruning trees, flowers and grass, the insects will be exposed since their hiding places would be destroyed. Literally, they will be left homeless with no place to stay. This way, most of them die and disappear to find better habitats. Instead of using many resources in buying chemicals to tackle mosquitoes, this is not only a way of tidying up your compound but also getting rid of the insect.
Did you know nature has an answer to virtually every problem? Albert Einstein said, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” Well, we cannot overlook the role of modern developments in creating new remedies to the mosquito menace, but the natural way is effective. In the long run, you end up with multiple benefits. Trees are great air purifiers, while flowers and grass make your compound beautiful.
Using these natural ways to tackle mosquitoes makes your environment safe, mosquito-free and chemical free.