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6 Safe and Effective ways to Prevent Mosquito Bites

Monsoons bring relief  from the sweltering heat but at the same time, it also proliferates mosquitoes that spread diseases like dengue, malaria and chikungunya. We would all agree that mosquitoes are a big botheration and getting rid of them is a great challenge. While there are a lot of products available in the market that kill mosquitoes, their chemical composition makes them harmful for humans.

Most commercial mosquito repellent creams, fumigants and sprays contain toxic chemicals. Therefore, continuous use of these chemicals may lead to many serious health disorders. Obviously, this risk is magnified many folds when we use these products on babies and small children. Hence, we shouldn’t use these chemicals. I have compiled a list of natural and 100% safe ways by which you can get rid of mosquitoes from your home. Read on to know.

Insert cloves in lemon to send mosquitoes away

Cut lemons into half and insert about 10 cloves in each half. Place these lemons near the bed, on the bed-side tables and near the windows. You will be amazed to see that mosquitoes don’t come where you keep these lemons. The best part? There are no health hazards.

Burn a lamp in neem oil and get rid of mosquitoes

We all know about the insect repelling properties of neem oil. A very simple way to keep mosquitoes at bay is to burn a lamp or diya in neem oil. As long as this lamp burns, vapours of neem oil fill the surrounding space. Thus you create a potent mosquito repellent without harming your health.

Soak a cotton ball in eucalyptus oil and say bye-bye to mosquitoes

A practice as simple as soaking cotton balls in eucalyptus oil and keeping them near the bed is very effective against mosquitoes and poses no harm to us. since eucalytpus oil is an irritant, you should take care that it doesn’t not come in direct contact with the skin or eyes. A great way to use them is to put them behind the bed or below it.

Embrace the mosquito net

One of the most effective ways to prevent mosquito bites at home is to use mosquito nets when you sleep. This simple habit will surely keep you and your family free of mosquito bites. Mosquito nets are long lasting and not expensive. At the  same time, they dont pose any health hazard!

Use electrical zappers 

Electrical mosquito zappers that are shaped like a tennis racket are very efficient in killing mosquitoes without putting your health at risk. However, you should make sure that children stay away from these devices to avoid an electric shock.

Create your own mosquito repellent oil

Mix one-part lemongrass oil in four-parts coconut oil and you have your very own mosquito repellent ready. This oil mixture is absolutely safe and very effective on-the-go. Thus, you may apply it generously on all exposed body parts. Why risk the health of your family by using chemical creams and sprays when you can make a completely safe alternative at home?

I have tested each of the above tips personally and found them to be very useful. Thanks to these natural and safe practices, I am able to keep mosquitoes out of my home and I recommend them to everyone. Try them out and share your experiences.

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Dr. Shruti Sharma

Other than my formal training in life-sciences (in which I did my PhD), I am actively involved in following my passion for writing and crafts. When I am not spending time with my toddler, I read a lot and write on different topics as blogs, newspaper articles, short stories and poems. My articles are regularly published on a lot of online platforms. I love to explore different cultures and my writing reflects my opinion.

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