Natural Protection from Insects
Last night’s news had a warning, though it is nothing new, regarding mosquito season and the upswing in cases of West Nile Virus. Some areas in South Sacramento are now being sprayed at dusk to help with the problem. If you would like to avoid chemical sprays on your property or skin, there are natural ways to repel mosquitoes.
Here is a recipe for DIY insect repellant from thefrugalgirls.com
– 3.5 ounces witch hazel
– 1/2 tsp lemongrass oil
– 1/2 tsp eucalyptus oil
– 1/2 tsp citronella oil
Combine all ingredients in a 4-oz. spray bottle, and shake before each use.
Mother Earth News has an article that covers this subject here. This article covers mosquito repellent plants, such as catnip and lemon balm. There are many more. Knowing what attracts these pests can help you to keep your property free from attractions.
A number of sisters in the ward are familiar with essential oils and probably know of additional oils that can help with this challenge.
There is no way that this column can cover all the information on the internet regarding protection from the critters that plague us. But hopefully this will spur you on to identify and find what works for you and your family.
***Important***The CDC advises if you live in an area where West Nile Virus is widespread, seek medical attention immediately for any severe or unusual headache.