With warm weather in full swing and South Africa being branded a malaria “hotspot”, mosquito repellents are in demand once again..
But if you’re familiar with the noisy night bugs, you’ll know that getting your hands on these items are like hunting for treasure.
There’s also the fact that store bought mosquito repellents are usually laced with chemicals and have a foul and toxic smell to them. They also cost a small fortune!
But, there is hope though as a number of netizens have shared their fool-proof recipes to getting rid of mozzies in minutes. Plus it can be easy made at home with a few simple ingredients
HOMEMADE MOSQUITO REPELLENT LOTION
Homemade mosquito repellents can be made by mixing any of the below essential oils, which also contain antifungal and antibacterial properties.
Tea tree, spearmint or mint oil
Lemon or lemongrass oil
The oils can be rubbed into your skin and reapplied every 8 hours to remain effective.
PLANTS THAT REPEL MOSQUITOES
If you love sitting in the outdoors, but hate being bit by mozzies you can use your garden as a natural mosquito repellent.
Plants that naturally repel mosquitoes include sage, bee balm, marigolds, lavender, geranium, mint, thyme, eucalyptus, lemongrass, basil and rosemary.
APPLE CIDER ANTI-MOSQUITO SPRAY
This can be done by equal quantities of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Add any of the essential oils mentioned above and you instantly have a homemade mosquito repellent spray!
MOSQUITO REPELLENT CANDLES
Citronella laced candles have a strong smell, but do little to effectively keep mosquitoes away from long periods of time
Instead, you can create your own mosquito repellents candle by placing a tea light candle in a glass filled with lemon and lime slices and a few twigs of rosemary. Add in some lemon eucalyptus oil and light the candle for the scent to become stronger.
ADD CLOVES TO CITRUS
You can create your own fruity mosquito repellents by placing cloves in citrus slices around your home, or even outdoors.
The fragrance will not only keep mosquitoes away, but flies, bees and wasps too!