Mosquitoes and fleas are a common problem. Being bitten by them is not a pleasant experience, because the bites are very itchy and irritable. What do you do in this situation? Do you rush to the shops to buy some chemicals? Chemicals can have a negative impact on your health and damage the environment. Are there any organic methods? Certainly!
Let’s explore some of these organic methods to eradicate these pests. Both mosquitoes and fleas have a very sensitive sense of smell. Lemon balm, citronella, catnip, marigolds, lavender and peppermint are just a few of the smells that will ward off mosquitoes and fleas. These fragrances are very pleasant to our noses, and they can even help people relax and de-stress.
Treat your pets
As we all know, both mosquitoes and fleas suck animals’ blood. Don’t take any chances when it comes to your beloved pets. As soon as you identify a flea infestation, you should use flea killers. A slice of lemon can be rubbed on your pets’ fur; this will act as a flea killer. Open wounds should be avoided, because the acidity of lemon juice would result in a painful stinging sensation. Alternatively, you can boil lemon slices for about 30 minutes, and then spray the lemon water on your pets. Remember to avoid your pets’ eyes and noses. Lemon juice is organic, so you don’t need to worry about your pets licking themselves. Repeat this method in 2-3 hours. In addition, some research shows that adding lemon to your pet’s diet improves bug resistance.
If there is a mosquito or flea infestation in your house, you are also in danger of being bitten. Crush some peppermint leaves, and apply them to your skin. No mosquitoes or fleas will come near you. This method also helps reduce itchiness and swelling of existing bites. Talk about killing two birds with one stone!
Treat your garden
Rosemary and lavender are natural bug repellents, and are both beautiful shrubs to have in your garden.
Treat your house
Many of us have experienced the painful bites of mosquitoes while enjoying the night air in summer. Growing the plants mentioned above in pots on the patio or even placing them on the windowsill will deter insects.
In conclusion, to get rid of mosquitoes and fleas in your home, you don’t need to make use of potentially dangerous chemical products. Rather use these cost-effective, environmentally friendly measures to keep your home bug-free.