When you’re camping, hiking or just sitting on the porch – mosquito season is soon going to be upon Atlanta residents. How bad are mosquitos? Legend has it that midges turned the emperor Hadrian around from attacking the early Celtic tribes of northern Scotland. These nasty bugs are a tad smaller than our mosquito, but they swarm and pack a painful bite.
How can you handle our North American mosquito better than an emperor? One way is to craft your own potion to stave the suckers off. Try these DIY mosquito tricks for Atlanta locals to keep the annoying insects away!
Trick the buggies
Take a handful of shiny things, like metal, pennies or sequins, and hang them from a plastic bag near the door, or anywhere else you think the mosquitos may enter. Flies consider these as something dangerous that will eat them, and mosquitos might do the same.
The simplest method may simply be to hang a bag of water nearby your seat when you’re relaxing in the spring sun with a glass of iced tea.
But please yourself – with citronella oil. Just swab yourself on all of the spots you don’t wish to be sucked, and enjoy the pungent scent of lemongrass.
You can also use a host of other oils:
- Or put them all in a spray bottle with a mix of the eery witch hazel (3.5 ounces) and (0.5 teaspoons) of the oils of lemongrass, eucalyptus, and citronella
Finally, you can try coconut oil, and if you’re brave, Listerine. The yellow kind. And, if you’re serious, take the Listerine and fill a spray bottle with it. Then you can spritz all around and keep the mozzies away.
Go into the laundry room and grab some dryer sheets. Smear the over your skin, and all of the unknown chemicals inside will keep mother nature’s pests away. You can also rub it onto your clothing, boots, hat and bags to achieve a similar effect.
More pleasant will be vanilla extract, used in the same manner. Less pleasant will swallowing cloves of garlic, or ingesting garlic pills, which will make you so pungent the bugs (and anyone else) won’t come near.
Zote Soap is a homemade concoction that can drive away bugs, as is a cleaner known as Fels Naptha.
If you’re going to be in place where there are definitely mosquitos, you can do due diligence by including within your arsenal the classic anti-mosquito net. While this isn’t really DIY, it’s non-toxic and a great alternative for people who don’t want to deal with any kind of ointment, liquid, spray or chemical mess.
You can buy one at most sporting goods stores, and use it to cover your bed, tent or sleeping bag. You can use them inside a room, as well, and the tiny meshwork will keep out all of the mosquitos that you can count – as they buzz around your face.