10 best natural mosquito repellents – India Today

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By India Today Web Desk: Mosquitoes are responsible for the transmission of certain diseases, like dengue, malaria and chikungunya that might take a massive toll on the health because of the increase in the number of mosquito breeding. Hence, it is important for you to reduce mosquito populations around your home and other living areas.
The market is filled with tools and mosquito repellent products to kill or get rid of mosquitoes. But most of the insecticides which are available on the market are believed to contain high chemical agents which can cause allergies and skin infections. Now, in case, if you don’t want to use the high chemical agents to get rid of mosquitoes, you can use the natural mosquito repellents.
Here is a list of 10 natural mosquito repellents that you can put to use and stop mosquitoes from invading your houses, have a look.

1. Garlic Water

Garlic water is considered one of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes. You just need to crush a few cloves of garlic and then boil them in water. After that pour the solution in a spray bottle and spray it around your room, near all your outdoor light bulbs, garage, etc. This solution will kill mosquitoes instantly.
Garlic is made up of several properties-so when you spray garlic water in your home it helps you to keep mosquitoes at bay.

2. Lemongrass

Lemongrass leaves are the most commonly found plants found in India. The lemongrass oil helps you to get rid of mosquitoes. You can use lemongrass oil or can crush the leaves and then applying the oily mixture directly to the skin. The protections from lemongrass oil can last several hours. So, one might feel the need to use lemongrass oil repeatedly since it is less concentrated.

3. Vinegar

Vinegar is one of the most easily available ingredients. Whether it is an apple cider vinegar or normal vinegar both can help you to get rid of mosquitoes. Take 3 cups of water and 1 cup of vinegar in a spray bottle and spray it on your skin. The spray can be sprinkled around the dining table and screen of the house also.

4. Lemon and cloves

Half lemon and a hand full of clove work as a wonder ingredient to keep mosquitoes away. Take a lemon slice, insert some cloves in it and place it in a room. This magic ingredient will help you to keep mosquitoes away.

5. Lavender oil

Mosquitoes can’t stand the scent of lavender oil! So you can use the Lavender oil to keep mosquitoes away. You can spray it around your home and surrounding areas. You can even put some on your body to avoid getting bit!

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6. Basil

Basil or Tulsi is believed to be great for making tea but mosquitoes detest it. You can use basil as a multi-use mosquito repellent–you can place a plant on your windowsill to keep mosquitoes at bay, or even use it as a topical oil and apply it to your skin. It releases an odor that repels these pesky insects.

7. Camphor

Camphor is a versatile repellent-it’s strong odor drives mosquitoes away. Take two tablets of camphor in about a quarter cup of water and spray it around your room or outdoor. For more effect, you can burn some camphor in the room and close all doors and windows and leave it burning for about 20 minutes. Stay outside the room; you will see the instant results.

8. Peppermint

Peppermint is another natural way to combat mosquitoes. To use Peppermint you just need to combine a few drops of peppermint essential oil with one cup of water in a spray bottle, shake well, and spray on your skin. This instant peppermint spray will not only help you to repel the blood-sucking beasts, but you’ll also smell minty fresh!

9. Coconut oil and neem oil

A combination of coconut oil and neem oil works as a natural repellent. You just need to mixed coconut oil and neem oil together well with water and spray it on your skin. This will help you to repel mosquitoes for up to half a day.

10. Coffee grounds

Coffee grounds can help keep mosquitos at bay. It not only an eco-friendly alternative, but it’s a great way to reuse coffee grounds! You can simply burn some coffee grounds in a coffee tray or egg carton, and trust the smoke to repel these pests.
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