Top Five Natural Mosquito Repellents for Metro Atlanta
Mosquitoes are very dangerous insects, spreading diseases like the Zika virus, which can have detrimental effects on fetuses if a pregnant mother is infected. Unfortunately, mosquitoes thrive in humid and wet climates such as Georgia. They can reproduce quickly, and their bites affect not only humans, but also family pets.
The personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Kaplan & Lukowski, LLP, in Atlanta want you and your whole family to stay safe. To help, we’ve compiled this list of recommendations for five natural remedies to help keep mosquitoes away.
Catnip and Catnip Oil
According to the Iowa State University research group, catnip is ten times more effective as a mosquito repellent than standard DEET products. The main essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, drives mosquitoes away. Catnip repellents also lasts longer than DEET products, repelling mosquitoes for up to seven hours.
Garlic contains a powerful insect repellent called allicin. The pungent aroma that garlic naturally emits can overpower mosquitoes’ receptors. If you have a home garden, consider growing fresh garlic. A garlic and water combination can be sprayed in your yard; the garlic smell will wear off in a few hours, but the mosquitoes will stay away long after. If your child objects to the garlic smell, just remind them that it helps repel vampires, too.
Lavender oil repels mosquitoes and all it takes is a few simple dabs on your skin. Unlike DEET mosquito repellents, lavender is great for skin and provides a lovely, floral smell. Similar to garlic, consider growing fresh lavender in your yard to naturally ward off mosquitoes 24 hours a day. Fresh lavender is extremely versatile. Use it for fresh drinks, baths, or a natural home fragrance.
This natural herb is full of phytochemicals that repel mosquitoes. The great thing about lemon thyme is that it can grow easily in a variety of climates and it can thrive in dry, rocky soil so it’s an easy addition to your garden. A University of Guelph in Ontario research team concluded that crushed lemon thyme leaves naturally reduce mosquito bites by up to 62 percent.
Lotus flowers are not only a beautiful addition to any garden, they also ward of mosquitoes from standing water where they breed. This beautiful plant can also kill their larvae, which is an added bonus if you have an infestation on your hands. Lotuses thrive in bodies of water so drop a few flowers in your pond to eliminate any mosquito problem.
Contact Us if You are the Victim of a Medical Malpractice Case
Keep mosquitoes out of your yard to protect yourself and your family from Zika and other potentially life-threatening illnesses. Many physicians and hospitals will not immediately treat for mosquito-borne illnesses, but the threat of Zika, West Nile, and other diseases is ever-present.
If you have contracted an illness from mosquitoes and have suffered due to medical negligence, contact us today for our expert advice and a free medical malpractice consultation.