Tips on how to keep mosquitoes away | Loop Trinidad & Tobago
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Tips on how to keep mosquitoes away | Loop Trinidad & Tobago

By now we’ve all heard or read about an increase in Dengue fever cases- no thanks to the growing Aedes aegypti mosquito population. 

Now while health officials are busy trying to eradicate the problem, there are a few things we can do to help ourselves in the meanwhile.

Below are several ways you can keep the irritating insects away from your property:

  • Eliminate stagnant water from your surroundings- be it bird baths or saucers and old tyres.
  • Install insect screens to windows and doors.
  • Keep your gutter clean and free from debris.
  • Grow some natural repellent plants in your garden- basic, mint, rosemary and lemongrass to name a few.

Did you know that according to Pfizer, different species of mosquitoes — like the ones that carry malaria — prefer bacteria and sweat. Others are attracted to carbon dioxide and certain hand odors.

To eliminate this, you can also make some natural mosquito repellents at home, particularly if you’re sensitive to chemicals or have young children.

We’ve put together a list of some you can try:

  • Lemon-eucalyptus oil- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have approved eucalyptus oil as an effective ingredient in mosquito repellent. How to make it? You can create your own mixture with 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil to 10 parts sunflower oil or witch hazel.
  • Cinnamon oil- According to a study in Taiwan, cinnamon oil can kill off mosquito eggs. It can also act as a repellent against adult mosquitoes, most notably the Asian tiger mosquito. Make it- To make a diluted 1 percent solution, mix 1/4 teaspoon (or 24 drops) of oil for every 4 ounces of water. You can spray the fluid onto your skin or clothing, around your home, and onto upholstery or plants.
  • Citronella- This is a common natural and effective essential oil that works against mosquitoes. Made from a mix of herbs, it’s an ingredient in many mosquito repellents. When outdoors, citronella candles can provide up to 50 per cent extra protection.

Finally, here’s also a fun tip you can try, and perhaps a (my) favourite- coffee grounds.

According to gardeningknowhow, although coffee mosquito repellent is not as simple as sprinkling coffee grounds throughout the yard, studies have found that water containing coffee or used grounds deterred adult mosquitoes from laying eggs in those locations.