What is the most effective natural mosquito repellent? How do you make homemade mosquito spray? Find out more in this mosquito treatment guide.
As people get ready to enter into the summer season, so do mosquitoes! These pests are disease carriers that not only transmit deadly diseases but cause a lot discomfort through their bits.
We will discuss some homemade mosquito killers for yards and interiors which you can use to protect yourself against these pests. But why are homemade mosquito repellents better? These and more will be discussed shortly.
Common Diseases Associated with Mosquitoes
Malaria is a deadly disease that has caused the death of millions. This is primarily spread by mosquitoes. Other diseases that are equally dangerous include Dengue fever, Zika virus, West Nile and Encephalitis etc. The easiest ways to eliminate these diseases is through attacking the source.
The best homemade strategies to eliminate mosquitoes will be discussed in this article.
Toxic Insecticides versus Homemade Remedies
One of the easiest methods to kill insects like ants and mosquitoes is through the use of chemical insecticides. These contain the major active ingredient known as DEET. This is very toxic and requires strict regulation. The Centre for Diseases Control CDC recommends a 30% DEET concentration in insecticides as the safe limit.
Although there is a regulation, it is best to avoid this option altogether for your own safety.
Homemade remedies on the other hand are totally safe. This is why there is an increasing number of people using this option.
Also, a growing number of companies are now cashing in on this preference by making natural insecticides. While this is true, the cost is on the high side, and its best to make your own homemade mosquito killer. This is what this article seeks to help you achieve.
Active Ingredients for Making Mosquito Killer Recipe at Home
To make an effective mosquito killer, there are several active ingredients you can choose from. These consist mainly of essential oils and other ingredients that include cinnamon oil, lavender, cloves and lime. Others are rosemary, lemon grass, Epsom salt, mouthwash, vinegar, baking powder, rubbing alcohol, garlic spray and vanilla.
Other active ingredients are Apple Cider, Coconut Oil, Tea tree oil, Neem oil, and lemon eucalyptus oil among others. To make your homemade mosquito killer, you only need to get specific measurements for each and mix with other ingredients. Read on as we delve in this shortly.
Homemade Mosquito Killer
Whether you love being indoors or prefer spending some time outdoors, homemade repellents are great to have around. Evenings are the periods mosquitoes are most active. This is also the time you may want to relax with friends and family. To cut the chase, this section will focus on how to get rid of these pests by providing you with several options to choose from.
A Brew of Epsom Salt, Listerine and Beer
Surroundings with tall grasses harbor mosquitoes. If you have a lawn around your home, mosquitoes are likely to hang around. Apart from trimming your grasses low, you can apply this special brew. It kills mosquitoes fast and is good for your garden and trees. To make this brew, you need to mix a third of each of these ingredients into a sprayer.
It should be properly mixed and sprayed around your home. If you are concerned about its safety on plants, you shouldn’t be. This mixture is known to be even beneficial to plants. Epsom salt contains magnesium. While the mixture is toxic to mosquitoes, it is environmentally friendly. For the beer component, any type of beer will do.
Mixture of Listerine Mouthwash, Water, Vinegar, and Dish Soap
To kill mosquitoes easily, you should pour have a cup (measuring cup) of mouthwash into a sprayer. This should be followed by ¼ cup of vinegar. ¼ cup of dish soap should also be added to the mixture and a desired amount of water should be added. The less the water, the more concentrated (and more effective) the mosquito killer will be. No measurement is required for the water.
This mixture can be sprayed around areas most infested with mosquitoes. It kills mosquitoes on contact and is very effective in keeping them away. While giving you the best results, it is cheap to make as well.
Coconut Oil and Tea Tree Oil
For this repellent, coconut oils are great carrier oils that are most potent when mixed with Tea tree oil. Tea tree oil has antiseptic as well as medicinal properties that not only repel mosquitoes but kills them. All you need is 30 ml of coconut oil mixed with 10 drops of tea oil. It should be applied as often as required. Its medicinal properties quickly heal bites from mosquitoes.
Essential Oil Spray Plus Apple Cider Vinegar
To make this homemade mosquito spray, you will need 11 to 13 drops of any essential oil. 50 ml of apple vinegar and 50 ml of water are also needed. These active ingredients should be mixed into a bottle with water and apple cider vinegar going first. Your essential oil should follow. This is an easy to make insect killer and also repels mosquitoes.
Apple cider vinegar enhances the repellent properties of the mixture. While protecting you and your family from mosquito bites, it will cost you very little to make.
Alcohol and Citronella
This mixture has three main constituents which are water (90 ml), alcohol (10 ml) and citronella oil (10 drops). Water and alcohol should first be mixed followed by citronella oil. The mixture should be properly mixed. This mixture can be applied directly on your body as well as around your home. Citronella is known to be as effective as DEET.
Other constituents of this mosquito killer enhance its efficacy and works as both a killer and mosquito repellent.
Cinnamon Oil Spray
This is an easy to make mosquito killer and repellent. All you need is 10 drops of cinnamon oil and water (40 ml). After mixing the two, it should be poured into a bottle and sprayed on the body or areas with high mosquito population. It kills mosquitoes on contact as well as repels them.
Rosemary Essential Oil and Lemongrass
Rosemary essential oil has compounds that include camphor, limonene as well as eucalyptol in it. This is in addition to compounds like citronella (which is as effective as DEET) and limonene contained in lemongrass. These compounds make this mixture very effective in repelling mosquitoes. This is homemade mosquito killer is cheap and easy to make.
To make this repellent, you will need 60 ml of a good carrier oil (you can use coconut oil or any other). Others measurements are 10 drops of lemongrass essential oil and the same part of rosemary essential oil. These can be mixed in a spray bottle and applied to body and your surroundings.
This is an effective homemade mosquito killer that can be used together with other repellents. To make this, you will need a plastic bottle. The bottle should be cut in half an inverted with the funnel part of it going into the bottom half.
A mixture of baking powder and vinegar should be poured into the bottle. This serves as effective bait as it lures mosquitoes through the emission of carbon dioxide.
When mosquitoes get into the bottle, they are trapped and can hardly get out. They die from exhaustion. You can make as many as you can to get the best results.
Allicin which is a compound contained in garlic is toxic to mosquitoes. Its pungent smell as well as the acidic content of lemon juice makes it a great mosquito repellent to use. To make garlic spray, you will need water (2 cups), 4 to 7 cloves of garlic, a teaspoon of lime juice and a tablespoon of mineral oil. The garlic should be crushed and mixed with your mineral oil.
This mixture should be allowed to soak overnight to release its compounds. Next, you should strain the garlic and mix your lime juice with the mineral oil containing the garlic mixture. Once done, your mosquito killer is ready. It should be sprayed onto surfaces as well as the exposed parts of your body. It is very effective and will keep mosquitoes away.
Lime with Cloves
This homemade mosquito repellent is easy and fun to make. So what do you need? You only need a lemon(s) and cloves. Simply cut a lemon in to and insert a few (5 to 7) cloves into it. These should be placed at strategic locations within your home. Clove has an effective compound known as eugenol. This, coupled with its strong smell drives away mosquitoes.
In the absence of cloves, clove essential oils can be mixed with coconut oil and used in a spray bottle. This can be applied to the most infested areas of your home to kill and repel mosquitoes.
Lemon Eucalyptus Oil
This homemade mosquito killer is easy to make. First, you need 90 ml of a good carrier oil as well as 10 ml of lemon eucalyptus oil. This should simply be mixed into a mixture and applied to the body or your environment. The compounds contained in this oil eliminate mosquitoes from your surroundings within the shortest possible time.
These homemade mosquito killers are highly effective. They not only serve as repellents but also kill mosquitoes on contact. You should apply these on your body as well around your surroundings.
Caution should be exercised when spraying mosquito killers onto your body. In the case of any irritation, you should discontinue use immediately and seek medical help.