Organic Mosquito Defenses

The organic garden needs active care by the human in charge, normally this task turns out to be pleasant and therapeutic, however, seasonally there are certain undesirable visitors who attack mercilessly the joyful orchard, I am referring to obvious mosquitoes.

Here are some organic advice that I hope will be useful to our friends when attending the garden.

The first line of defense against mosquitoes is to seal their entry points. Mosquitoes are most active early in the morning and afternoon. They look for areas of still air, because air breezes hinder their movements. Close windows and doors on the side of your house that oppose the breeze. Then try the following:

  • The most important step you can take is to eliminate permanent sources of water. Change bird drinkers, portable pools for children, and the water in the mascoted dish at least twice a week. Keep your drains clean and well-drained. Remove all water-catching items from the yard.
  • In a study conducted by a New England medical journal, eucalyptus oil in a concentration of 30% avoided mosquito bites for 120.1 minutes, while a repellent with 2% soybean oil kept bites away for 96.4 minutes. (Eucalyptus oil should have a minimum of 70% cineol content, the active therapeutic ingredient.) Citronella, a common alternative to DEET, got a poor performance, protection against insects lasted only 20 minutes.
  • If you are using the barbecue, throwing a little sage or rosemary on the coals serves to repel mosquitoes.
  • A very effective natural insect repellent is prepared by mixing one part garlic juice with 5 parts water in a small spray bottle. It should be shaken well before use. Spray on the exposed parts of the body, this turns out to be an effective repellent with a duration of up to 5 or 6 hours. Strips of cotton cloth can also be immersed in this mixture and hung in different areas, such as courtyards, as more localized deterrents.
  • Neem oil is a natural vegetable oil extracted from the Neem tree in India. The leaves, seeds and seed oil of the Neem tree contain sallanin, a compound that has effective mosquito repelling properties. Neem oil is a natural product and is safe to use. New products based on Neem oil can be found on the market.
  • Having a Marigolds plant around your yard works like a natural insect repellent, because the flowers give off a scent that insects don’t like.