Easy Update: Mosquito-Repelling Potagerie

From One Kings Lane

With all of the time, effort, and resources that are spent on finding chemicals, sprays, balms, wristbands, etc. to repel mosquitoes, it may come as a surprise to some that the answer may be easily accessible at the local garden center.  This post from One Kings Lane shows how to liberate your outdoor living area with a simple potageire, or foliage arrangement.  Using plants like Catnip, Geranium, and Citronella plants arranged properly, the mosquitoes will steer clear of your space and allow you to enjoy the great outdoors again, naturally!

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Mosquito Killer for a Pond

From SF Gate

Trying to kill and control mosquitoes in a natural body of water like a pond poses a unique dilemma:  How does one kill the mosquitoes without disrupting the natural balance of the environment?  Chemical treatments almost always have undesirable side effects that cause collateral damage to plants and wildlife in the natural environment.  This post from the San Franscisco Gate presents a new, natural weapon in the fight against mosquiotes that is a naturally-occurring bacterial disease.

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The low down on mosquito control services

From Washingtons Top News

For people that are looking to take control of their own mosquito control, there are a number of choices available.  Relying on mosquito abatement districts to control every mosquito is one way to approach the problem, as this post from WTOP states, but it is not the only option.  Service companies like barrier control sprayers, trappers, misting system companies, etc. will all offer something different to the individual homeowner, with pros and cons to each.  The key message is to do your own research and decide which method will help you keep harmful mosquitoes away from your family and pets.

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Homemade Basil Mosquito Repellent

From Mommypotamus

Sometimes, it is instructive to return to the past in order to solve a problem.  Fighting against mosquitoes is no exception, says this post from Mommypotamus.  This post says that Basil has long been used to keep blood-sucking mosquitoes at bay.  This recipe, which includes a secret surprise ingredient (hint:  Russian Spirit), supposedly will protect you from swarming and biting mosquitoes.  Why not give it a try?

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Most Common Illnesses You Get From Mosquito Bites

From WebMD

It seems that decades ago, a mosquito bite was nothing more than an itchy nuisance.  Most kids that spend any time out in the woods might come home with several bites, but the end result was nothing more than a red bump and some irritation at most.  These days, the once seemingly harmless bite can lead to serious, debilitating diseases that have proliferated through the mosquito population worldwide.  Diseases such as Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Chikungunya pose a serious threat to human health.  This post from WebMD outlines the most common mosquito vector diseases, as well as what to do if one is bitten by these blood-sucking pests.

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Insect repellent

From Wikipedia

If you have ever wanted to know something about pretty much anything, you will usually  instinctively jump on Google, and search for the answer, right?  What is almost always at or near the top of your organic search engine results?  Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, will almost always have an entry discussing the desired subject.  For those looking to learn pretty much everything there is to learn about mosquito repellents, this entry has what you are looking for.

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

From wikiHow

For the avid DIY'er, the website that they turn to most often for ideas is wikiHow.  When one wants to figure something out on their own, wikiHow usually has an easy to understand, graphics-rich explanation of how do approach the problem.  Ridding one's backyard of mosquitoes is no exception, as this post thoroughly explains.  This post gives you methods to combat mosquitoes, keep them away from your family, and getting to the problem before it starts.

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6 Kinds of Natural Mosquito Repellent

From Healthline

If you are looking to keep mosquitoes away from your family, but don't want to turn to potentially harmful chemicals like DEET, this post is definitely for you.  Healthline presents six natural mosquito remedies that can keep these blood sucking, disease-spreading pests away without risking the health of your family or pets.  

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