Everyone loves summer, but also not everybody loves the creatures that the summer brings. This specifically refers to the pesky mosquitoes. The most annoying thing is constantly swipe away mosquitoes when you are trying to enjoy the out-of-doors. With the recent Zika virus epidemic there is even more reason to ward off these pests.
Even though commercial bug sprays can be effective at keeping mosquitoes away, most of them contain the chemical DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide). DEET has been proven to cause a range of health problems, from mild side effects like allergic reactions and skin irritation, to more serious long-term effects, such as nervous system interference.
While most commercial bug repellents have harmful substances, there are many natural foods and compounds that can produce scents that successfully repel insects.
Lemon eucalyptus essential oil, extracted from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree had been proven throughout numerous studies to be effective in repelling mosquitoes.
Citronella essential oil, extracted from lemon grass, also has a solid scent proven to ward off mosquitoes and many flying insects.
Substances made from the peel of common citrus fruits such as limes, lemons, oranges, grapefruits and tangerines are all found to be effective at repelling mosquitoes. Natural, strong smelling plant based substances and citrus fruits have the ability to repel mosquitoes without causing harmful side effects to the people who are using them.
Mosquito Repellent Mason Jars
Effective and aesthetically pleasing, method of using citrus fruits and essential oils as mosquito repellent is over the use of mason jars. Here we present everything that you’ll need to make your own Mason jar bug repellents:
- 2 mason jars
- 10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
- 10 drops of citronella essential oil
- 1 lemon, sliced
- 1 lime, sliced
- 4 sprigs of rosemary
- Floating disc candles
- First add an even amount of slices of lime and lemon to each jar
- Put 2 sprigs or rosemary into each jar
- Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
- Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (do not mix them together)
- Add more water until the jar is almost full
Everything you have to do to activate these natural mosquito repellents is by lighting a candle. They are great additions to backyards, porches, campfires or any other outdoors place where people (and also mosquitoes) like to spend time.