Although we are enjoying the monsoon mood, there is but one buzz-kill for everyone! Quite literally, the buzz that is caused is because of the mosquito bites and dengue going viral. There is no better time than now to discuss how we can prevent our homes from these pests that affect our platelets.
If you thought your beautiful garden was the only reason why mosquitoes feast on you every night, you may be partially wrong. Yes, shrubs and trees are a shelter for mosquitoes but the right kind of plantation such as citronella, mint, neem, tulsi, lemon helps to keep them away from your garden. My friends and colleagues have come back to me with stories of how this simple twist in kitchen gardening has helped them scare the bugs and mosquitoes away.
While we are on the subject, stagnant water, whether in the kitchen or in the garden is the main spot for mosquito breeding. No, am not saying allow your plants to dehydrate but it’s necessary that you ensure there is no still water lying anywhere; even the least amount. Keep the plant-pots clean, sweep your garden area clean, keep your bath area dry and the kitchen counter wiped at all times. Maintain the bird habitat in your garden or balcony clean too because they eat up and help prevent mosquitoes and other insects.
Being the mother of an outdoorsy-active young boy, I’m always concerned for his health. Does this remind you of that commercial where the kid comes home in a mud-covered T-shirt and the mother throws a Dettol soap at him? Yes it’s pretty much my story too. But the point is, I’m happy he’s away from all the gadgets and out there playing and enjoying like a real kid. However, it doesn’t take away the fact that he is prone to infections and allergies from playing in the mud and those that other infected kids bring along. My go-to solution for this is quite simple. He cannot leave the house without a protective layer of a mosquito repellent and clean clothes.
Trust me when I say this I have read million hacks of keeping mosquitoes at bay; right from crushed garlic in water, lavender oil sprays to camphor tablets. I’m not sure if these kitchen remedies work for everyone, but one thing I vouch for that totally works for indoors is the Goodknight Power Activ+ electric mosquito repeller. This one’s 50% more powerful on the normal mode and even more powerful on the active mode. Not only is my family protected from being feasted upon, but it reduces the infestation in surrounding areas as well. We swear by the Goodknight Patches for our outdoor trips. Sometimes, I also use the Goodknight Fabric Roll-On on my clothes before I step outdoors. This one’s pretty easy to use, with just 4 dots that are to be applied on clothes and comes in two fragrances – Citurs and Bubblegum. Both the outdoor mosquito repellents are made using natural ingredients such as citronella and eucalyptus oils that help to keep away mosquitoes for a good 8 hours.
Have you thought about how you are going to protect your family and house from the menacing mosquitoes? I’m sure these dainty insights have thrown some light on how you can fairly reduce the infestation in-and-around your home. Keep clean and let your child play freely indoors and outdoors.