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Summer is here, the time for evening strolls and garden parties! It’s also the time when mosquitoes can spoil your evening conversations in the garden.
But what can you do to keep mosquitoes away naturally, without using chemicals? Here are a few tips:
Why incense sticks? It’s well known that mosquitoes don’t like smoke, but you can’t light a bonfire in your backyard, tempting as it may sound at first. However, with the right scented incense sticks, you can enjoy a mosquito-free and pleasant conversation on your terrace. The most effective scents against mosquitoes are citrus, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, cloves, and lavender because it’s not just the smoke that bothers them, but the scent itself.
If you like incense but want something more visually appealing, we recommend using cone incense against mosquitoes as well! When choosing cone incense, it’s also worth looking for the scents mentioned above. For smaller terraces or balconies, lighting one or two cone incense sticks is enough, but always make sure to light them on a suitable holder. Keep in mind that the scent of cone incense can be stronger than that of regular incense sticks!
Another excellent option against mosquitoes is essential oil, using the scents mentioned before. You can use essential oil against mosquitoes in two ways:
Add a few drops of essential oil to a small bottle of water (about 2 dl), shake it, and spray it on surfaces. Spray it only on surfaces that won’t stain. For example, if you take your favorite velvet armchair to the terrace and spray it with essential oil mist, it will cause a lot of trouble when cleaning later!
Essential oil can be effective against mosquitoes when used in a traditional diffuser, and it also provides atmospheric lighting for evening conversations! Pour a small amount of water into the top of a ceramic diffuser and add a few drops of essential oil. Then light a candle at the bottom of the diffuser.
Of course, you can use incense and essential oil simultaneously, but in that case, make sure that the scents of the oil and incense harmonize with each other. Even if you keep mosquitoes away with these methods, if you choose scents that don’t complement each other, you’ll end up with a dense and unpleasant cloud of mixed aromas on your terrace. You can confidently mix citrus scents with the scent of cloves. In this case, you can create an aroma reminiscent of Christmas, but if you want to try something more refreshing and summery, feel free to mix citrus scents with the scent of mint.
If you grow lemongrass or peppermint in your small garden or on your balcony, we have good news for you! Both are excellent against mosquitoes. Lavender and thyme are also disliked by mosquitoes, so they can be useful as well. Gather a small amount of the herbs, hang them upside down in a cool and dry place to dry them, and then crumble them into a bowl. Place the bowl on your balcony or terrace table to keep the unpleasant mosquitoes away. If you don’t want to bother with drying, you can hang the freshly picked herbs upside down on your balcony or terrace. However, keep in mind that if the freshly picked herb bouquets are exposed to rain or moisture, they will spoil quickly.
Mosquito Repellent Candle
If you don’t want to bother with incense, essential oils, or drying herbs, there are increasingly available mosquito repellent candles in many stores. These candles are usually highly scented with mosquito-repellent herbal fragrances. If you’re feeling creative, you can even make your own mosquito repellent candle, but in that case, add a significantly larger amount of citrus essential oil to the wax than you would for a “regular” scented candle.
If you’re not sitting on the balcony or terrace for your conversations but rather outdoors, like in the garden, you can also use a torch since mosquitoes fortunately don’t like it either. However, when using a torch, be extra careful not to place it close to fruit trees and avoid igniting anything with it. 😊
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