Nothing ruins a good time outside while you're bathing in the sun or otherwise minding your own business like a nasty mosquito looking for a quick lunch. Their bites swell, itch, and can stay for quite a while. You’re probably thinking that you’d be better off just not going outside.
We are not without help though, there are plenty of remedies and repellent to keep those little monsters firmly at bay. Did you know that essential oils can provide more benefits beyond their fragrance and soothing properties? They can also be used as mosquito and insect repellents!
It's commonly agreed that lemongrass and citronella are the top essential oils for repelling mosquitoes though other choices can also include lavender, eucalyptus and lemon eucalyptus. You’d also like to know that some additional studies have found essential oils to also be effective against various types of flies.
First of all, if you're inside your home; our Lime Essential Oil can be spread slightly on surfaces to repel a series of insects, from mosquitoes to even ants!
Here's a few other examples of essential oils that can help defend against such pests:
Eucalyptus oil has been used for hundreds of years and is one of the most well-known natural repellents. Because of it's Cineole-based nature, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) have fully approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent. A recent study also showed that a mixture of 32 percent lemon and eucalyptus oil provided more than 95 percent protection against mosquitoes for three hours!
We all know that lovely fragrance as a perfume, but did you know Lavender Oil is seriously good against mosquitoes? And not only for repelling the insects themselves, but also because of its great antifungal, analgesic, and antiseptic qualities which can help calm and soothe the skin in case of a bite.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil is very popular in Australia (which is home to lots and lots of nasty insects). The Tea Tree oil is known for its useful antiseptic, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory properties. Several studies have proven that it makes for an effective insect repellent and it can be used against mosquitoes, midges, and bush flies.
Lemongrass as a mosquito repellent has been the subject of a lot of studies. Citronella mosquito repellent was first derived from C.Nardus, which lemongrass is very similar to. Lemongrass oil contains useful insecticidal properties that can repel mosquitoes and other insects.
How Do I Use These Oils to Repel Mosquitoes and Other Insects?
You can put a couple drops of your desired essential oil into a spray bottle with water, you may even mix different oils together for a more potent blend. Ideally 10 or 15 drops each of an oil should suffice, be sure to shake it afterwards to ensure it doesn't separate! Spray this mixture on all of your doors, windows, and infested surfaces! You can also take this convenient little bottle with you on camping trips and spray on your tent or camper!
At home, heat about a half cup of water and add 20 to 25 drops of lemongrass oil and let it sit on your counter! This will diffuse the oil into the air and get rid of any insects that might make their way inside! Did you know that fruit flies invade your home because they can lay as many as 200 eggs at a time!? They lay their eggs on rotting food, leftover fruits, wet rags, and many other common places that you might not even think about! Spray your essential oil mixture anywhere you think might be a problematic area! Repeated use will eventually keep those pets out for good!
Why Should I Use Essential Oils Instead of Other Bug Sprays?
It's generally agreed that chemical sprays and products containing DEET can be harmful, as a 2009 study published in the online scientific journal, BMC Biology, proved that DEET can interfere with vital nervous system enzymes. This is why essential oils are a great option if you want to keep you and your friends and family safe from insect bites, without all the negative effects of chemical insect repellents! You can rest assured that you are using safe products when you use essential oils to repel mosquitoes and other insects, rather than commercially available DEET sprays!