Come monsoon and the mosquitoes flit in and out of our homes, biting us surreptitiously. Most mosquito-borne diseases are fatalistic in nature causing diseases like dengue, malaria, and chikungunya. Therefore it is important that you prevent their proliferation and treat the mosquito bites. The best thing is to control mosquito populations in the vicinity. Most species of these pests have become resistant to insecticides. The best bet would be to depend on home remedies for mosquito control. Let us take a look at some of them.
- Dry Ice
Dry ice emits a lot of carbon dioxide but works like a charm against mosquitoes. In a container put some dry ice and keep it some distance away. When mosquitoes have filled up the jar, close the lid.
- Coffee Grounds
Sprinkle some coffee grounds on stagnant water, the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. This asphyxiates the eggs and prevents their hatching.
In a closed room, light up some camphor and leave the room for thirty minutes. Once you are back, no mosquitoes will be present. Camphor balls and neem oil are other good options.
- Eucalyptus Oil
Mix this oil in some water and sprinkle around the house. It is a very effective mosquito repellent.
- Repellent Plants
Plants like catnip and feverfew are potent mosquito repellents. Plant them in pots and place strategically around the house.
Home Remedies Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bites can be quite irritating and uncomfortable. Instead of scratching, you could use some of the following home remedies for mosquito bites to provide relief to yourself and to your loved ones. Here is our list.
- Oatmeal Paste
Powder oatmeal and mix with water. Apply on the bites for immediate relief. Oatmeal soothes the skin and relieves irritation.
- Ice Cubes
Crushed ice or regular ice cubes can be applied to the affected area. The cold temperature reduces swelling and numbs the skin. Apply ice for no more than five minutes in one go.
- Aloe Vera
The humble household plant, Aloe Vera, is very good for the skin as it relieves itching and irritation. It has anti-inflammatory properties. Cut a small section and apply the gel part of the plant to the bites for immediate relief. Wash off the area after some time.
- Baking Soda
Baking soda is another regular kitchen component that can soothe mosquito bites. Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply to the affected area. Leave it for ten minutes before removing it.
The staple vegetable can be used over mosquito bites. They are antifungal and reduce irritation. Chop a slice from an onion and let it sit over the bite for some time. Rinse the area after you remove it.
Use a mosquito net to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes. Prevention is better than cure. Avoid water stagnating around your homes to keep the mosquito populations under check.