Wednesday, 12 October 2016

What Scents Do Mosquitoes Hate?






There is nothing better than spending your leisure time with your family, friends, or relatives lounging in the garden grounds, perhaps after successful celebrations. However, if there is one thing we all hate most while relaxing is that high-pitch sound of a mosquito. Apparently, the mosquito in question is flying towards you looking for a smooth part of your skin to bite. I am sure that a mosquito has bitten everyone, not once, not twice, but many times. If that is the case, that must have experienced the swelling, the redness, and the uncontrollable itching that comes with that nuisance bite of a mosquito. Indeed, it is just enough to ruin any picnic or barbecue!

Typically, mosquito bites are often uncomfortable and itchy, but they could lead to something even much worse. As explained by health scientists, mosquitoes are carriers of certain diseases, which are often deadly. In most cases, dangerous mosquito-transmitted diseases include malaria, chikungunya, and dengue fever. Common signs and symptoms of these diseases include body aches, fever, confusion, and dizziness. After a mosquito bite, some of these symptoms pops up in less than two days. Therefore, if got bitten by the above insect and you have flu-like symptoms, you are advised to see your doctor as soon as possible.

Since the effects of a mosquito-bite are devastating, preventing and protecting yourself against it is inevitable. Indeed, there are several important ways of achieving the above objective.

Many people turn to the insecticides-selling store to buy mosquito repellents to keep them away, but the problem with these repellents is that they often contain certain toxic chemicals that are dangerous to human health. The compound is commonly referred to as DEET.

Inherently, doctors and medical experts warn against heavy exposure to DEET. They explain that the chemical in question is linked to several health problems such as memory loss, fatigue, weakness, headache, joint and muscle pain, shortness of breath, tremors, and is particularly toxic to kids.

Needless to say, there are effective ways to control and keep away mosquitoes without excessive uses of pesticides that contain heavy chemicals and toxins. Indeed, if you know the scents that keep these insects away, then you can consider using natural mosquito remedies and ingredients. The question is, what scents do mosquitos hate?



Scents mostly hate by mosquitoes

If you are on the lookout for new natural ways to resist and keep away those annoying little bitters, then start by looking the scents that they hate most. Unfortunately, this seems a tough task since you have to do an extensive and tiresome research in the laboratory. Nevertheless, this article unveils a list of some of the natural scents that scare and keep away mosquitoes:

#1.Garlic scent
Usually known as Allium sativum, garlic smell is just enough to keep all mosquitoes hundred meters away from you. One of the best ways to use garlic is by cutting it into small pieces and then sprinkle around your outdoor living areas. Yard spray is required to soak the scattered pieces of garlic. Once soaked, it produces a powerful scent that keeps mosquitoes at bay. 

#2. Lavender scent (scientifically referred to as Lavandula angustifolia)
Even though humans often enjoy the smell of lavender, it repels mosquitoes. This is because mosquitoes dislike the aromatic scent lavender gives off. Therefore, if you want to keep them off your compound, then consider planted lavender in your gardens. Besides that, Lavender leaves can be crushed and mixed with other oils to be applied to the skin.

#3. Floss flower scent (Ageratum)
Another scent hate by mosquitoes is the smell from floss flower. Coumarin, which is mainly secreted by ageratum, is used extensively in the manufacture of commercial mosquito repellents. However, it can be utilized as raw as it is. Typically, mosquitoes find floss flowers smell offensive. Therefore, you just need to plant it in your garden, and that means; all mosquitoes around your compound will just fly away.

#4. Cadaga Tree (Eucalyptus torelliana) scent
Cadaga is another incredible tree that produces a smell that mosquitoes do not like and consequently, repels them. Inherently, in places where mosquitoes are not wanted, you just need to plant the above tree. The scent from the Eucalyptus torelliana acts as a barrier to repel mosquitoes.

#5. The scent from Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon nardus)
When crushed, citronella grass releases incredible oil. This oil can be applied directly on the exposed part of the skin to act as a mosquito repellent. Besides that, it can be mixed with other liquids and oils before using on the skin. The catch here is that the above plant produces a distinctive smell that is hated by mosquitoes.



#6. Mint (Mentha) scent
Typically, mint is grown in many gardens purposely for its flavor. In other words, most people do not know anything further than the flavored tea of Mentha. However, one of the latest researches shows that mint is a powerful mosquito repellent. In fact, you can make yours even right now. Whether will or cultivated, all species of mint contain aromatic properties that are highly repulsive to mosquitoes.

#7. Tea Tree (Melaleuca) scent
From time immemorial, Tea Tree oil has been used as the major preventive measure against bugs on domestic animals. However, recently, it was discovered that its scent too strong to keep mosquitoes away. Therefore, you just need to apply a small amount of Tea Tree oil on the skin and for sure, you will not hear any mosquito coming close to you.

Conclusion

The list of scents that mosquitoes hate is just endless. However, those mentioned above are just but a few. The punch line is that all of them offer incredible experience as they scare away these small nuisance bitters with the help of simple mechanism: aromatic features.