Mosquito's are coming!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker RS318386

The best 8 ways to beat MOSQUITOS!

We are all looking forward to summer, but nobody is looking forward to the mosquitos!  As if they weren't annoying enough before, the threat of the Zika Virus has made mosquitos even more dangerous. So after scouring the web for the best tricks for keeping the buggers away here's what i found.

1. Plant a garden. There are several plants that are known to be mosquito repellants including lemongrass, lavender, and marigolds.

2. Grow your own herbs. One of the best is something you might want to grow for other, tastier, reasons as well.  Basil is also a great way to repell them.  

3. Make your kitty cat happy. "Some studies report that catnip is 10 times more repellent to mosquitos than sprays, so this plant is a big win for gardeners," said POPSUGAR. "Bonus: if you've got a cat, they'll get plenty of entertainment from any catnip you plant!" And, it's pretty to boot!

4. Trap them. You can easily make an effective mosquito trap with a plastic soda bottle or milk jug and bait made from brown sugar and active dry yeast. Get directions here.

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5. Make yourself smell delicious. Dabbing vanilla extract on your pulse points has been said to help repel mosquitoes. Beware the urge to bake cookies later!

6. Recycle your coffee grounds. Turns out, they make a great mosquito repellant. "That's right, old dried up coffee grounds work as an effective repellent for mosquitoes, according to the EPA," said Simple Organic Life. "Mosquitoes and other insects hate the way used coffee grounds smell. Get directions on how to put this eco-friendly tip to usehere.

7. Raid your spice drawer. "Another repellent considered in the above study with citronella was turmeric," said Daily Health Post. "According to this study...turmeric oil alone showed outstanding efficacy among the test repellents. In fact, turmeric oil provided protection for at least eight hours, whereas DEET gave only six hours for this species."

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8. Or raid your baby's room. "Creamy baby oil can repel mosquitos and won't smell horrible," said Buzzfeed.


I hope you stay BITE free this summer!

Coal Infantino

Coldwell Banker

(717) 676-5545

Thank you to Jaymi Naciri for content

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  2. Roy Kelley 06/04/2016 07:13 PM
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Robert May
Robert W May - Lethbridge Real Estate - Lethbridge, AB
Real estate consulting

I heard that bird feeders are also good as the birds eat the mosquitos?  maybe thats another option

May 18, 2016 01:31 PM #1
Sharon Kowitz
CRS-SRES-ABR-GRI-E-Pro-CREN Fonville Morisey Cary, NC - Cary, NC
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

This is a great list! I've never heard of the vanilla extract before, that's interesting. Thanks for sharing!

May 18, 2016 02:26 PM #2
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

This is timely information. I have a daughter coming home from the Virgin Islands next week for a visit, and she keeps saying one of the things she's excited about is that there will be no mosquitos! Thanks for compiling this!

May 18, 2016 11:34 PM #3
Coal Infantino
Coldwell Banker - York, PA
Realtor specializing in south central PA

I also read that bats eat their own body weight in mosquitos every night.  My wife was not so keen on the idea of hanging a bat box thou lol

May 19, 2016 01:43 AM #4
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Somtimes you can hear these guys , but they still bite you !!!

May 20, 2016 11:02 AM #5
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Calabasas CA

Great tips. I did not know about coffee leftovers. 

May 22, 2016 04:27 PM #6
Anna Hatridge
Goodson Realty - Farmington, MO
Missouri Realtor with Goodson Realty

This is so timely!  I have started adding our coffee grounds to the soil in our flower beds and I am so glad to hear that they will help with Mosquitoes. Purple Martins eat tons of bugs, including Mosquitoes, so a Martin house is a great addition, but they must be higher than 12 feet in the air.

May 22, 2016 04:40 PM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Coal and welcome to the Rain. I like these suggestions. I also just bought an electric machine that draws nuisance bugs and mosquitoes to it. It isn't a zapper but a light and carbon monoxide based system. I hope it works too.

May 22, 2016 10:30 PM #8
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is a very timely topic. Thanks for your tips.

Have an outstanding week!

May 22, 2016 10:45 PM #9
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Some of this is new to me, Coal. I lived with them for plenty of years back in PA, and then in MA. Can't say I miss the buggers now that I am in SoCal. I think I have seen 5 in the 11 years I have been year! LOL


May 26, 2016 11:47 AM #10
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Hi Coal! I came over from Roy Kelley's reblog. These are wonderful ideas and I have several of those plants already in the ground!  I didn't know about cat nip though...

Welcome to Active Rain! We are glad you are here!

Jun 05, 2016 08:09 AM #11
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Thanks for the Ecco-friendly tips to repel mosquitos.  I will use a few this summer as I have already had seven bites

Jun 05, 2016 08:16 AM #12
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