Mosquitoes as we all know, are tiny, annoying insects that live in most parts of the world. Mosquitoes feed on the blood of mostly mammals (including humans).
A mosquito bite transmits disease via its Saliva; the Saliva contains pathogens that are transmitted directly to your blood through a bite to your skin.
In addition, mosquitoes also vectors of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, filariasis among other arboviruses. Strange as it may sound, Mosquitoes kill more people globally than any other animal.
So how do we protect our children from mosquitoes naturally?
Ensuring that the children are dressed properly
Ensuring that children are dressed properly means that the child’s arms and legs are properly covered when indoors and especially when outdoors. The clothes should also have bright colors because dark clothes attract insects easily.
Ensuring that the environment is neat and dry
Ensuring that the environment near the child is neat and dry goes a long way in safe guarding the kids from diseases that are caused by mosquitoes. Wet and dump environments are breeding grounds for mosquitoes; a dry environment will keep them at bay.
The use of natural mosquito repellents
Neem tree is an excellent mosquito repellent. Applying Neem oil on the child’s skin as they go to sleep is a good way to keep the mosquitoes away.
Another way of using Neem tree is by lighting up a Neem leaf and the scent of the leaf will battle the mosquitoes for you. Neem tree has a lot of medicinal value and even boiling a cup of the bitter herbs to drink will be an advantage on your part.
The lovely flower called lavender. The flower’s scent is beautiful to human beings and it is also pleasing. But to the mosquito it is unpleasant, therefore making it an excellent repellent.
Planting a few flowers in your backyard garden will go a long way in preventing the mosquitoes. Another effective way is plucking a few flowers and placing them on the bedside.
Oils: As strange as this might sound essential oils like eucalyptus, cinnamon, rosemary castor and cedar are known to be good natural mosquito repellents.
Application methods depend on your own preference as you may choose to either rub them directly onto your skin or mix with your natural moisturizer.
Citronella: this is usually considered as a good natural mosquito repellent. It is extracted from a species of lemon grass. The smell is offensive and repulsive to the mosquitoes. The effectiveness of this is seen in many repellent creams as they have citronella as one of the main ingredients.
Tulsi: it’s known for its medicinal properties. This is believed to be an excellent mosquito repellent. People believe that when you grow tulsi in your garden it keeps mosquitoes away from your home.
Camphor: this is usually easily available and acts as an excellent repellant. It works effectively by burning the pellet and the smoke will effectively chase the mosquitoes away.
As a resident in London, for you to get rid of mosquitos or other common pests, You can hire the professional pest control experts like Pest Exterminators who are the best when it comes to pest control in north London and all over UK.