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Plants that can be used to ward off flies and mosquitos from your home this summer

With the summer season comes insects, which can transmit diseases, after entering a home. What natural remedies are out there?

With the summer season comes insects, which can transmit diseases, after entering a home. What natural remedies are out there?
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The arrival of high temperatures brings with it an insect population boom. The increased prevalence of flies and mosquitoes in the summer is due to the fact that they are ectothermic; meaning that their body temperature depends on the external environment. As temperatures get hotter, insect activity increases, whereas in winter, they tend to rest. Additionally, insects are attracted to other microorganisms and in the heat, food rots more quickly.

One of the most serious diseases carried by misquotes in the US is West Nile Virus. These at home tricks may be able to keep some insects away but these to not imply that people are fully protected.

Plants to keep insects out of the home

The best way to ward off insects is to fill your home with aromas and scents they don’t like.

Basil, peppercorns, eucalyptus, and citronella are some of the scents that insects tend to avoid. Scented geranium, calendula, chrysanthemum, or lavender have also been shown to be useful.

Many of these plants could be found in a home and garden or grocery store, as many are also used for cooking.

Other measures to avoid your stay

One of the easiest measures to avoid nuisance flies is to clean up after cooking and to avoid keeping food and drinks out. Because insects are attracted to microorganisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye, it is important to disinfect counters and other surfaces where food was being handled. Also, avoiding large amounts of garbage and accumulations of standing water around the property are great ways to avoid attracting bugs. It is also advisable to keep the house dark, at least at night, because insects are attracted to light.

Likewise, vinegar traps can be made using water and sugar. To avoid the strong aroma, the alternative would be to heat the ingredients so that the mixture dissolves. Another option is the use of lemon, which repels flies. It can be split in half or sliced and put cloves on it. They can be placed on windows or surfaces where we do not want them to get close, such as the table.


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