Today is world mosquito day!!! yes you heard me right. It is a commemoration of when Indian doctor Sir Ronald Ross discovered that female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans back in 1897.
You all know how much I hate mosquitoes, it is a shame however that they actually never quit! They are surely one on my pet peeves of living in Ghana that I could surely do without. The itching, the noise near your ear, the scared on your body, this is all unbearable. You know I love upcycling and DIY so instead of spending all that money on mosquito sprays and coils, this is the most healthiest solution…
Just make sure you have any of these plants in your garden or somewhere around your home and they will inherently drive mosquitoes away, so you can say bye bye to malaria for good!
This is the most common one. Most people buy citronella scented candles as it is known to keep mosquitoes away and it smells great. However it can also be planted in a sunny part of your garden to keep bugs away forever. I have also heard that a drop of the oil in your body cream will keep mosquitoes from leaching on you.
Marigolds naturally contains Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents. Together with its unique aroma, bugs (and mostly mosquitoes) cannot stand it!
Even though we adore the scent of lavender, mosquitoes on the other hand hate it. You can plant this in your garden, make it into oils or burn scented candles with the lavender scent and you are good to go.
Apparently garlic releases compounds like allicin which are harmful to mosquitoes so they avoid it. So grow it, eat it, keep cloves around, whichever way you want it and you’ll be insect free! I can’t say I will be trying this one as I don’t like the smell of garlic (but i’m not a mosquito, lol)