Quick Tips for Managing Mozzies This Summer
Posted on 14 December 2015Read our practical and chemical free tips to stay mozzie bite-free and itch-free during the summer with natural insect repellents at home hints.
With summer approaching and the warmer weather many of us start to spend more time outdoors. Especially now that daylight saving has started (in most states), the evening is a lovely time to do a few things outside after work, or have an evening meal outside. Of course, being outside in warmer weather makes us very attractive to mosquitoes and other flying insects.
Theories suggest that mosquitoes are attracted to a few things we humans produce, mainly carbon dioxide which is what we breathe out, the sweat on our skin, and to some extent our natural body odour. Mosquitoes are most active in the morning and evening, and even more so if there is water about, ie. If it’s raining, or you are watering the garden.
Wear lighter clothing
Some research indicates that mosquitoes are more attracted to dark coloured clothing as opposed to light colours, so you might consider this when venturing out. Also, obviously the more covered up you are, the less skin is available for mosquitoes to land on. So maybe have some light coloured and lightweight clothes that you can get around in outside.
Stay in the breeze
It’s harder for flying insects to get around (and land on you) if there’s a breeze, so if you’re sitting outside you could have a fan or two blowing the air around nearby. It’s often more pleasant in warmer weather to have a nice breeze to help you keep cool so there’s that added benefit as well.
Grow natural insect repelling plants
There are several types of plants which have insect repelling qualities; these can be useful to have some in pots or the garden around outdoor settings or barbecues. Citronella plants are easy to grow and propagate, and the oil in the leaves is used in many of our natural insect repellents. Interestingly, catnip can be used as a repellent, and it is a prolific grower, so you could have some pots of this around. Lemon scented eucalyptus oil is a highly effective mosquito repellent, although it is a little difficult to come by and should not be applied neat to the skin. You also might try planting some lemongrass in strategic locations; the bonus here is you can use the lemongrass in Thai recipes.
Use natural insect repellent products
It is a good idea to have a natural insect repellent spray or lotion on hand during mosquito season, and we have a quality selection of these, which make use of a few of the ingredients mentioned above.
Lemon Myrtle Fragrances have a naturally antibacterial pump spray which is a safe alternative to synthetic chemical insect repellents; it makes use of citronella, eucalyptus, lemon myrtle, and tea tree oils and smells great too.
If you prefer a cream based product, Natralia Nourish has a natural insect repellent lotion. This lotion also makes use of citronella and tea tree oils, and also contains aloe vera, which acts as a binding agent, this means the insect repelling oils stay active for longer on the skin, this formula is also soothing for existing itchy bites.
Another product we have recently introduced is Bug-grr Off. This pump spray has an acid-modified extract of the lemon scented Eucalyptus as its insect repelling active ingredient. It also contains aloe vera, green tea, and cucumber extracts, which helps with cooling and soothing the skin.
It is important to note that all of our natural insect repellents or outdoor products are DEET free.
Browse our selection of natural insect repellents, or, if you are after more information on the technical aspect of natural insect repellents, you may want to familiarise yourself with the challenges that are faced with manufacturers of natural insect repellents.
Disclaimer: please note that to allow for congruency of products in our Outdoor Insect Protection range of products we have generally referred to these products as ‘natural insect repellents’. The APVMA has restrictions on the use of the term “insect repellent” and some of the products in this range although we have categorised them generally do not necessarily use this term. Please refer to the information about each specific product and manufacturer in this category for further information on claims, product usage and ingredients.