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Eco friendly control of mosquitoes around your home

Empty the water from containers that are around your home.

Many children and adults are adversely affected by mosquito bites. The immune system is actually working well and realising that the body is under attack producing histamine to fight back.  Histamine is what causes the red bump and the itching is caused by nerves in the area being irritated by the swelling.

Controlling mosquitoes can be done by chemical and non-chemical methods. Here we will focus on enviromentally friendly non-chemical methods.

Remove the mosquito habitat:
  • Empty water out of containers where mosquitoes can breed such as rain gutters, old tyres, buckets, tarpaulins, toys, or any containers outside near your home.
  • Change the water in bird baths, fountains and wading pools once a week to destroy mosquito breeding areas.  
  • Keep swimming pool and spa water treated.
Prevent your exposure to mosquitoes:
  • Use an Organic Mosquito Fogger that lasts many hours, if having friends over.
  • Rub a drop of lavender oil on your wrists and ankles. On a child rub it on their back (to avoid eye contact).
  • Plant herbs that deter mosquitoes such as basil, citronella, lavender, pennyroyal and tansy.
  • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow lights which attract less mosquitoes than ordinary lights.
  • Wipe over outdoor furniture with lavender oil.
  • Install fly screen on doors and windows that are often opened and don't forget the chimney if you have one.
If you are bitten here are some natural home remedies:
  • a paste of bicarb soda and plain vinegar applied to the bite can stop the itch, as can the following:
  • Apple cider vinegar neutralizes the histamine in the skin and stops itching instantly.
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Rubbing salt and a little water into bite
  • Peppermint toothpaste
  • Lavender oil
  • Aloe Vera Gel
  • Rooibos Tea used as a compress
  • Calamine Lotion which can be purchased at the chemist

Do you have any other natural remedies for mossie bite?

This article contributed by Lesley Sharpe.

8 comments:

  1. Some really great ideas - I especially like the herbs and will be planting them around the verandah in pots. Now just to get rid of those pesky possums that eat all my veges and herbs!

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  2. Re the possums: Have you tried Poss Off? A product that you can buy? Also some people say companion planting with pelargoniums/geraniums. Here is a discussion forum link about it http://www.au.gardenweb.com/forums/load/cornucop/msg0315353832130.html

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  3. great post! thanks so much - my children have huge welts with mozzie bites. I have noticed they are huge this year in our hills! xx thanks for linking in such a helpful post! xx

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    1. earth sky sea childNovember 7, 2012 at 6:26 PM

      Hope you got to use some of these ideas.

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  4. We tend to just use tea tree oil (before and after), but haven't found it entirely satisfactory. We also have planted lots of those herbs, but I keep meaning to plant more. The best secret my family have is to make sure I and my middle child are around - then the mozzies will all go for us and leave everyone else alone!

    I like the tip about wiping lavender oil on outdoor furniture though, I'd never thought of that. Thanks :)

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    1. earth sky sea childNovember 7, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      LOL , that's why I thought to post this - myself and my daughter are the mozzi magnets around our house!

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  5. Great tips! Thanks for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/wildcrafting-wednesday-8.html

    I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/02/the-creative-homeacre-hop-2.html

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  6. This is so helpful for my children's health. We seem to have a lot of mozzies around our home and will definitely apply some of your useful hints

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