Depending on where you live, Hawaii Mosquitoes can be a real nuisance. Drawn to standing water and areas with plentiful tree cover, Mosquitoes can be found almost everywhere in the world. Fortunately, Hawaii is devoid of the viruses and pathogens Mosquitoes are known to carry in other tropical regions, such as Dengue Fever and Malaria.
Here are 4 natural, DIY methods to control mosquitoes in and around your home and lanai:
Garlic Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients: Minced garlic, mineral oil, and lemon juice
Cost: Less than $5
Directions: Mince a few cloves of garlic then cover with mineral oil. Allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Next you take a teaspoon of *just the oil* and mix it with 2 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice. Strain through a cheesecloth if you have any floaties then pour into a spray bottle. Shake before each use.
Lavender Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients: Fresh lavender (the flower)
Cost: Free (if you have lavender growing in your yard); otherwise Home Depot sells the plant for about $12
Directions: Rub a lavender flower behind your ears, wrists and neck. Not only will you smell great but mosquitoes will leave you alone.
Vanilla Mosquito Repellent
Ingredients: Vanilla extract
Cost: Less than $5 at grocery store
Apply some vanilla extract or vanilla essence to your pulse points.