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Natural & Green Methods to Repel Mosquitoes

written by: AngelaC•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 6/28/2011

Pesky mosquitoes can ruin a relaxing evening in no time. However, the negative environmental and health effects of bug sprays make many people hesitatant to use them. Find out about the different natural ways to repel mosquitoes.

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    It is a little known fact the over 1 million people get sick every year from mosquito-born illnesses. It is becoming more and more important that you protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes and their diseases. However, when thinking green, the idea of using chemical bug sprays is not only dangerous to your health, but unsafe for the environment as well. Fortunately, there are several different natural green products that can be used to repel mosquitoes and you keep you safe

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    Natural Oils

    There are several different oils that can be applied as a topical natural mosquito repellent, such as castor oil, cedar oil, clove oil, lemongrass oil, geranium oil, rosemary oil and peppermint oil. Cinnamon oil is especially effective because it not only repels mosquitoes, but can also kill mosquito larvae and be used as a green pesticide.

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    Citronella Candles

    Another option is to burn a citronella candle. Citronella is a tall, lemon-scented perennial grass and citronella oil is made from the leaves. Although citronella candles can keep some mosquitoes away, they are most effective if used with other repellants as well.

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    Proper Attire

    It is also important to dress properly to repel mosquitoes. It has been proven that mosquitoes are attracted to dark-colored clothing. Therefore one simple way to fight off those pesky 'skeeters would be to dress in light-colored clothing. If weather permits, you may also want to wear sleeves and long pants for extra protection.

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    Eliminate the Source

    Finally, you can attack the problem at the source, if possible. Standing water is the breeding ground of mosquito larvae and by eliminating their water source, you can eliminate many, many mosquitoes. Bt bacteria, or Bacillus thuringiensis is a bacteria that can be used. It poses no threat or harm to humans, but will attack mosquito larvae. However, depending on the situation, reducing standing water may not always a practical solution.

    Mosquitoes are always a nuisance, but by using green products to repel mosquitoes, you can make the Earth a little greener and protect your health.

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