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Eliminate entry points. Any place air can get in; tiny bugs can enter, too. Repair or replace torn window screens and doors. Make sure thresholds are airtight and use door sweeps or seals when needed.
Plant rosemary. Try planting containers of rosemary around your outdoor entertaining spaces to deter mosquitoes. People also throw rosemary on the grill while barbecuing to keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes often strike while people are barbecuing, but this simple trick is said to turn your barbecue into a natural mosquito repellent, while also adding delicious flavor to your food.
Mow your yard. Keep grass mowed regularly and trim shrubs. Too much grass and shrubbery can create breeding and hiding grounds for mosquitoes.
Dump out any stagnant water in your yard. Mosquitoes are often attracted to standing water. Examples of mosquito breeding grounds include old tires, driveway puddles, unfiltered fish ponds, empty flowerpots and any item that can hold water for more than a few days at a time.
A few drops of lavender. I’ve also read in numerous article about how mosquitoes dislike lavender. To keep mosquitoes out of your home, add a drop of lavender to ribbon and place around open windows. Put lavender on your skin. Add 30 drops of lavender essential oil to two tablespoons of vegetable oil – such as olive oil – and rub onto exposed skin. Not only will you smell beautiful, but it will stop mosquitoes from landing on you. Or find a company, like The Honey B Soap Company that uses real essential oils in their products (not synthetic fragrances) and apply liberally.
Attract bats. Bats can reportedly eat 1,000 mosquitoes per night. Attracting bats to your garden can help to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes and reduce your chances of being bitten.
The Huffington Post tested some natural ways to get rid of mosquitoes. Here’s what they discovered:
- Dish Soap – A few squirts of dish soap, left in a saucer, did a nice job of keeping mosquitoes occupied…and away from the testers. The results were comparable to citronella candle. Bottom line: According to the testers, this works.
- Beer Traps – Turns out that mosquitoes are attracted to those who drink beer. So, the testers placed cups filled with beer around their patio. They discovered that the mosquitoes were, indeed, getting trapped inside the cups of beer. But there was a catch. Mosquitoes will still seek you out if you’re drinking beer also. Bottom line: According to the testers, this somewhat works, but if you’re also imbibing, expect to be bitten.
- Eat Garlic – Garlic is used in many mosquito repellants used in landscaping. So, why wouldn’t it work for us? After eating a garlicky meal, we waited. The mosquitoes didn’t bother us. But really, is this practical? Bottom line: According to the testers, this works, if you’d like to down garlic cloves on a daily basis.
For the full list of How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/.
My Green Side’s web pick of the week:
Silent Spring Institute at http://www.silentspring.org/
Silent Spring is a nonprofit research organization dedicated to identifying the links between the environment and women’s health, especially breast cancer.
Silent Spring Institute began in 1994, after members of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition called for a scientifically sound investigation into elevated breast cancer rates on Cape Cod. They founded “a laboratory of their own” and named it Silent Spring Institute in tribute to Rachel Carson, whose landmark book, Silent Spring, launched the modern environmental movement. Carson died of breast cancer just two years after the book was published.