Rain + Heat + Tides = Mosquitoes Ugh!!!!!!
Here in Florida it appears we have the “perfect storm” so to speak, for breeding mosquitoes!
The same ecological conditions that draw tourists and provide great fishing, boating and kayaking …also make for ideal mosquito breeding grounds! Ugh! These include our beaches, bays, salt marshes, rivers, tidal creeks and mangroves.
Ideally, when summer rains begin, they remain steady so breeding areas stay covered with water, thus preventing mosquitoes from laying more eggs on damp ground. Having a consistent rain and standing water… also become habitat for fish that eat mosquito larvae. Yah!!!
Which brings me to mosquito repellent. I don’t know about you….but I will avoid spraying on mosquito repellent at all costs!
BUT, one thing I do know is that I have discovered essential oils mixed together make a great repellent and it does seem to work….at least for me. AND, it certainly smells good too!
I am sure you have heard the talk about essential oils and I have been buying a bottle every now and then and experimenting with one of my favorites….lavender oil.
I was also able to get a recipe for the mosquito spray at the little shop I visit.
There are many “recipes” for a mosquito spray, but I happen to like this one.
Mosquito Repellent Spray
2 cups witch hazel
15 drops citronella essential oil
15 drops lemongrass essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix oils all together in a bottle and shake well. Do not spray directly on your face,…. spray in your hands and then rub onto your face, avoiding your eyes and mouth. 🙂
It’s sooooo easy to mix up at batch to keep on your patio or lanai and I used the little blue bottle (dark colored) little bottle that I purchased on-line… but you can use any bottle you already have in your home.
Have a great day…and watch out for those little flying insects with the big bites! 🙂