10 Best Tips to Stop Mosquito and Tick Bites Naturally
It’s time to wage war on mosquitoes and ticks.
They’re out. They’re biting. And, worse yet, some are spreading diseases.
You can’t spend this summer in a bubble. So how can you safely enjoy your yard without becoming the next meal for hungry ticks and mosquitoes?
Giroud has pulled together the 10 Best Tips for Natural Mosquito and Tick Control with help from Mother Earth Living and Prevention. It’s a war. But it’s a war you can win in your yard and with personal repellents.
Personal Mosquito and Tick Repellents
Make yourself personally less attractive: Not in general, just to the bloodsuckers!
Wear light and neutral colored clothing: Mosquitoes are attracted to things that mimic nature like the colors in flowers, foliage or animals. Go for white, khaki or beige.
Go Natural: Avoid perfumes or any products that contain fragrances unless, of course, you opt to wear the lovely scent of citronella.
Keep Cool: Sweat and carbon dioxide from when we exhale are mosquito beacons. A fire also puts off carbon dioxide. Limit candles to citronella and hold off on the fire pits and bonfires until fall.
Cover up: It’s tough in the summer but when you’re out near water or woods, wear lightweight, long sleeves, long pants and socks. Mosquitoes are most attracted to areas where the skin is thinner and the blood vessels are closer to the surface such as the ears, wrists, and ankles. When walking through high grasses or underbrush, tuck your pants into your socks to prevent ticks from crawling up your legs.
Use Repellents: Of course, DEET is the go to chemical repellent. But there are natural alternatives. Often sold in health food stores, non-toxic, botanical repellents should be reapplied about every thirty minutes to remain effective. Repellents containing soybean oil protect for about ninety minutes—comparable to DEET. When mosquitoes start landing on you again, that’s the signal to reapply your repellent.
Winning the Mosquito and Tick War in Your Yard
It takes an all-out assault on the parts of your yard that attract the bloodsuckers as well as creating a pest repellent barrier.
Treat the Hot Spots and Perimeter of the Yard: Giroud’s Organic Mosquito and Tick Control treatments kill the pests on contact and then repel for up to three weeks. Made from essential oils including peppermint and cedar, our natural pest control is safe for children, pets, and pollinators like bees and butterflies.
Remove or Empty Objects that Collect Water: Mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle. Keep rain gutters clear and unclogged. Remove old tires, buckets, plastic covers, or any other container. Empty and change the water in birdbaths, fountains, wading pools, rain barrels and potted plant trays at least once a week. Drain temporary pools of water or fill with dirt. “Consider purchasing a battery operated water motion machine or a water baffler machine for your pond,” suggests Giroud Plant Health Care Manager, Rodney Stahl. “These water agitators will keep water in motion and deter mosquitoes from breeding”
Prune or Remove Overgrown Vegetation: Mosquitoes are shade lovers. The Giroud Team can eliminate shady habitats in two ways. First, cleaning up and/or clearing overgrown areas. Second, pruning tree branches and shrubs around the lawn edge to let in more sunlight.
Use yellow light bulbs in outdoor fixtures. They aren’t as attractive to bugs.
Plant mosquito-repelling plants. These include scented geraniums, lemon thyme, marigold, tansy, citrosa plants, sweet basil and/or sassafras near your home.
Even if you do all of the above, you can still get bitten or stung this summer. If that happens, reach for these natural home remedies:
Watch for Danger Signs: First, you have to know you’ve been bitten. It’s very important to check yourself and your children from head to toe after time outdoors. Statistically, it’s unlikely that you will get infected by a bite. However, it still makes sense to be aware of the danger signs. Watch for symptoms like fever, joint pain, and rash.
Yellow onion contains sulfur compounds that relieve bug bite itches. Slice one in half and rub the cut side on the bite. Refrigerate leftovers and make a fresh slice before reapplying.
Vinegar helps all kinds of bites. Tape a soaked cotton ball over the bite
Tea tree oil is great for stings. Remove the stinger and gently apply it on the entry point.
Baking soda works, too. Mix it with water to form a paste. Remove the stinger, apply the paste, and cover until the pain is gone.
Concerned about ticks and mosquitoes? Your Giroud ISA Certified Arborist will be happy to do a free evaluation!