Homemade Remedies to Keep Mosquitoes Away!

Mosquitoes are one insect we humans can certainly live without. They're a source of food for bats, frogs and birds, so they do serve some purpose. But, other than stinging us, sucking our blood and leaving us with red, itchy welts, mosquitoes are just an annoyance to us. (Not to mention the fact that mosquitoes carry diseases such as the dreaded West Nile Virus.) Read this informative article and learn about some homemade remedies to keep mosquitoes away that will help protect you and your family!

Mosquito-Proof Your Home
The first homemade remedy to keep mosquitoes away is to mosquito proof your home so they can't get in. Check window and door screens for holes, rips or tears and fix or replace them. Small entrances in screens can be sealed shut by using clear fingernail polish or Super Glue™. You can buy patch kits for larger openings.

Help Protect the Outside Too
Stagnant water is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Clogged gutters, rain barrels left uncovered, birdbaths, old tires, empty cans or bottles- anything that can hold a little water attracts female mosquitoes. Check the outside of your house and look for hazards such as these so you can get rid of them.

You can also light Citronella Oil candles or torches when you're outside to help repel mosquitoes. However, the only drawback with this homemade remedy is that you have to stay within a close proximity to the candles or torches in order to be protected.

Mosquito-Proof Yourself
The most effective way to avoid being stung by mosquitoes is to protect your skin so the little bloodsuckers will stay away. Naturally, dressing in long-sleeved shirts, tops and jackets will help deter mosquito bites. As well as wearing long pants and socks. Another homemade remedy is to eat plenty of spaghetti that's heavy on the garlic sauce. Garlic, when ingested by eating foods or taking tablets, can help make your blood less attractive to female mosquitoes.

B1 Vitamins (Thiamine) are another homemade remedy to keep mosquitoes away. Taking B1 supplements helps your body metabolize carbohydrates and fats and turns them into energy. It's also great for the heart. Not only that, but taking 25 to 50 milligrams of Thiamine three times a day makes your body produce an odor. Don't worry, other humans can't smell it, but female mosquitoes hate it.

You need to take Vitamin B1 for two full weeks before they kick into effect as an effective mosquito repellent.

Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your skin or taking vinegar capsules is another homemade remedy you can use. You need to drink two tablespoons of vinegar every day for this to work. If you can't stomach the idea of taking it straight, mix it in a few ounces of cold water and drink it down that way. Besides protecting yourself from those bloodsucking insects, apple cider vinegar has many other other health benefits as well. It can help relieve arthritis, lower cholesterol and more.

Published by Kassidy Emmerson

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