It is for sure that everyone loves summer, but no one likes the annoying insects and mosquitoes which appear in those hot days. They are highly irritating and prevent us from enjoying the summer nights. The Zika virus epidemic is another and even the most important reason to get rid of these insects.

How to keep mosquitoes away

First of all, make sure you avoid the bug sprays since they contain DEET, a chemical which may cause several health problems such as allergies, skin irritations and even nervous system issues. You should opt for homemade and natural bug sprays instead.

Natural bug sprays

Lemon eucalyptus – essential oil

Many studies have shown the effectiveness of this essential oil at repelling mosquitoes since it is derived from the leaves of the lemon eucalyptus tree.

Citronella – essential oil

This oil has very strong scent which repels mosquitoes and it is derived from lemon grass.

Citrus fruits

According to some studies, the peels of citrus fruits contain some substances which are effective in repelling mosquitoes as well.

Do-it-yourself insect repellent mason jars

If you combine together the essential oils with citrus fruits you will make a highly efficient mosquito repellent.

Ingredients:

• Citronella essential oil – 10 drops
• Lemon eucalyptus essential oil – 10 drops
• One sliced lime
• One sliced lemon
• Four rosemary sprigs
• Two mason jars
• Floating disc candles

Preparation:

Put even amounts of lime and lemon slices into both jars and then add the two rosemary sprigs into the jars. Then, fill one jar with ¾ water and add ten drops of the essential oils to the other one. In order to activate them, light a candle.

You can put the jars in your backyards, campfires, porches and other outdoor places where you usually spend the summer nights.

References: Live Science   The Hearty Soul