On August 23 ICoHS was asked by a local FOX network TV station to do a segment on Natural Mosquito Repellents. Our Academic Coordinator, Shari Grayson, rose to the occasion and made her first TV appearance like a pro.
Here are some natural ways (all Julie Plunkett approved!) to combat pesky mosquitos (summer may soon be over, but mosquito season is not):
Wear light colored clothing (mosquitos like dark colors and dark places)
Stay covered with long pants and long sleeves
Avoid areas of standing water
Keep the air moving (fans on and blowing)
Plant mosquito repellent plants in your yard – rosemary, lavender, basil, mint, geranium
Use a yard spray such as Theraneem Yard Spray when enjoying the outdoors on your property
Burn a Citronella candle or Citronella incense
Use essential oils to create a room spray or body spray and apply to your ankles, neck, arms (re-apply every 2 hrs.) Alternatively, use natural (deet-free) commercial products like Badger,
Buzz Away or All-Terrain sprays/lotions
Avoid bananas because mosquitos love the smell of bananas from your pores
Take vitamin B1 as mosquitos do not like the smell of it coming from your pores
Try some of the above suggestions and enjoy the rest of your summer mosquito-free!