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Destroy that Killer Mosquito – in 10 Natural Ways & More!

The dreaded diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chikungunya, Elephantiasis and many others that mosquitoes carry and spread can hardly be over-stressed. Everyone, especially in the monsoons, is bound to take extra-special Mosquito Control care, and protect themselves from insect and mosquito bites.

How to Reduce Mosquito Populations

Prevention & Protection is the first step. You can –

  • Empty stagnant water from containers to stop the mosquito breeding cycle
  • Use window and door screens
  • Cover yourselves while outdoors
  • Use mosquito nets on your bedsteads.

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Insecticides & Bug Repellents

But, Active Protection from mosquitoes is more important. People use insect repellents, or bug sprays, on their skin or clothing or other surfaces to repel insects. Insecticides can also be used  to control adult mosquitoes. Many of these products are chemical based, and cause allergic reactions in humans – coils and mats are also used widely.
For example, we know that burning mosquito coils generates smoke that controls mosquitoes effectively. But do you know that this smoke may contain pollutants that pose significant acute and chronic health risks. Do you know, burning one mosquito coil would release the same amount of toxic chemicals as burning 75-137 cigarettes!? Thankfully, there are a number of natural ways to get rid of this tiny killer!  And fortunately, Natural Mantra has a range of  Organic & Natural Mosquito Repellents to save you from this dire fate!

10 Natural Mosquito Repellents

Neem oil:  Neem is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral agent. Mixed in equal ratio with coconut oil, and applied, it lends your skin a particular smell that wards off mosquitoes.

Eucalyptus and lemon oil: An equal mixture of lemon oil and eucalyptus oil is effective in repelling mosquitoes from your skin – with both antiseptic and mosquito-repellent properties.

Camphor: Light camphor in a room and close all the doors and windows. Leave it this way for about fifteen minutes and your environment is mosquito-free for up to 8 hours!

Incense: Burning incense in your home not only permeates it with a pleasant fragrance, but keep mosquitoes at bay!

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Tulsi: According to Ayurveda, simply planting a tulsi shrub near your window is all you need to keep mosquitoes away.

Garlic: The strong and pungent odour of garlic prevents mosquito bites and even prevents them from entering your home.

Tea tree oil: Its odour helps prevent mosquitoes from biting you and drives them away. You can use it directly on your skin or add a few drops to a vaporizer.

Mint: According to studies, mint oil and mint extract are effective insect repellents. You can use it in a vaporizer to help fill the room with the scent of mint, apply the oil on your body or plant the shrub outside your window.

Lavender: The divine scent of this flower is often quite strong for mosquitoes making them unable to bite. Use lavender oil as a natural room freshener or apply it on your skin.

Citronella: Citronella oil, an essential oil extracted from lemongrass or Citronella Plant,  prevents mosquito bites efficiently. Just infuse this extract in a candle or use it in a vaporizer to help you stay mosquito-bite free.

You can either hunt for these oils all over, or you can log on to Natural Mantra’s site for a range of Organic Mosquito-repellents & Natural Mosquito Coils, dhoop sticks, gels, balms and creams, reed diffusers, candles and vaporizers to keep you mosquito, and disease free!

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Zap the Killer Mosquito!

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It’s a lot of fun and welcome relief, the rains!!! But you know of course that the rains bring along a host of diseases, don’t you! Here are some tips on how to avoid a very common, and dangerous, monsoon disease – Malaria.

What causes Malaria?
Malaria is caused by the bite of the female anopheles mosquito infected with parasites. In some rare cases, people can get malaria if they come into contact with infected blood.

What are the Symptoms?
High fever with chills, followed by sweating, body pain and cold-like symptoms.

How is it Treated?
A doctor needs to be consulted as soon as you notice these symptoms. Blood tests will confirm the diagnosis and medication takes care of it. But Malaria often has to run its course to purge you fully of infection. Preventive medication does not always work since there are some parasites that have developed resistance to medicines.

Severe malaria is marked by convulsions, unconsciousness, drowsiness, confusion, not being able to walk, sit, speak or recognise people around. Also, repeated vomiting, inability to retain oral medication, inability to eat or drink, passage of small quantities of dark urine or no urine, severe diarrhea, unexplained heavy bleeding from nose or gums, high fever, severe dehydration, anemia, etc.

How do I Prevent it?
– Protect yourself against mosquito bites with aroma diffusers, garden candles, essential oils
– Use insecticide-treated mosquito nets at night
– Spray insecticides at home
– Apply mosquito repellents to the skin
– Use special oils instead of mosquito coils
– Use Pest Management Services to eliminate mosquitoes
– Grow lemon grass (citronella grass) in your garden or window boxes
– Control mosquito breeding by clearing stagnant water.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Here’s wishing you a malaria-free monsoon season!

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