Daily Archives: August 19, 2013
Mosquitoes can be a real pestilence. Anyone who lives in an area with a high population of mosquitoes knows how annoying they can be. Mosquito bites can be infuriating, and will soon leave you with itchy sores all over your hands and feet where they bite.
Mosquitoes often carry deadly diseases such as dengue, malaria, etc. These diseases are spread almost exclusively by mosquitoes, and you can never be sure whether the mosquito infestation that is pestering you every night isn’t carrying these diseases.
There are many ways you can get rid of mosquitoes. You can use sprays and mosquito coils to kill these insects. But these are toxic, and long term you affects your health too. You can use bug zappers, which are not really that effective. At the end of the day, mosquitoes require long term solutions, like removal of stagnant water pools where they breed and lay eggs.
An unique way to control mosquitoes are a few herbs and plants that act as mosquito repellants.
The following is a list of seven plants that seem to have this mosquito repellant effect:
BASIL [ TULSI ]
Basil emits its aroma without crushing the leaves, so you can grow basil in pots and put them in your backyard to control mosquitoes. To keep the mosquitoes away from your body, rub a handful of crushed basil leaves on your skin. Any variety of basil can repel mosquitoes but it is advisable to use lemon basil cinnamon basil and Peruvian basil since they have the strongest fragrances.
Valued for its flowers and its fragrance, lavender makes an excellent mosquito repellant. The lavender plant is fairly easy to grow as it needs less care. To make a chemical-free mosquito solution, just mix lavender essential oil in water and apply directly on your skin. To control mosquitoes, keep the lavender plant pots around seating areas on your patio, backyard and garden. You can ensure yourself of blissful evenings.
Lemon balm also keeps the mosquitoes at bay as its leaves contain citronella compounds in large amounts. The citronella plant is popularly used in commercial mosquito repellants and there is up to 38% citronella content in some varieties of lemon balm. You can grow lemon balm in your garden and allow them to proliferate, leaving less room for mosquitoes to thrive. To keep mosquitoes at bay, you can also rub crushed lemon balm leaves on your skin.
Rosemary is a herb that is often used in culinary efforts, to great effect. However, the plant contains an oil that seems to be unbearable to mosquitoes, and a few pots of rosemary can easily keep mosquitoes out and well away. Rosemary thrives in warm climates. If it gets really cold in winter where you leave, you have to take the rosemary plants in for the winter. They will work as well from the inside in repelling mosquitoes.
Besides being an eccentric choice for cat lovers due to its ability to put our feline pets in a euphoric state, catnip has the ability to repel mosquitoes as a member of the mint family. Simply grow catnip near the backyard or patio of your house. Cats love the aroma of catnip put catnip leaves around your household for them to crush and eat, thereby releasing its fragrance to ward off mosquitoes. You can also crush fresh leaves then rub it all around your skin
Marigolds are beautiful looking, but they don’t smell that great. However, they are not that bad smelling to be deterring, even if you are sitting next to them. However, marigold is a powerful mosquito deterrent, as well as a deterrent for other pests and snakes. You can grow some in your garden to keep garden pests away.
Citronella candles are well known. These candles can be lit to get rid of mosquitoes. The candles are infused with citronella oil that keeps mosquitoes well away. You can just as well grow citronella grass to get rid of mosquitoes. These plants grow up to 6 feet tall in tropical climates, so if space is an issue for you, this may not be the mosquito deterrent of your choice.
PEPPERMINT AND OIL
An oil that commonly helps combat indigestion and nausea, this is also great for mosquito deterring. Additionally, it helps deter pesky mice and other insects too. It also grows quite prettily in beds, and you can always pick some up for a delicious peppermint tea.
EUCALYPTUS AND OIL
Eucalyptus is quite famous for its mosquito deterring properties. It is really good at keeping mosquitoes well away.
1. Plan your meals
Planning meals ahead of time not only helps you save money on groceries, but it will prevent leftovers from going bad. Plan for a week or for as far out as a month.
2. Shower less frequently
Don’t wrinkle your nose. Often, people shower (or bathe their kids) every day whether they need to or not. Before hopping in out of habit, think about whether it’s really necessary.
3. Wear clothes more than once
This goes along with the showering thing. Just like your jeans see days of wear before they hit the washer. (When they’re clean of course.) Wash clothes only when they’re dirty to lower water and electricity usage.
4. Hang your clothes to dry
Try to avoid drying clothes in the dryer, rather hang them in balcony or veranda, it helps reduce electricity consumption and save you money. And it also helps clothes last longer.
5. Bring home less waste
Avoid food and other products with lots of packaging. Buying in bulk helps a lot since you won’t have individually wrapped things coming into your home (It’s great for your budget, too!) If eating out, take along a reusable container for leftovers so you don’t have to bring home a wasteful container from the restaurant.
6. Grow your own veggies
Many veggies are shipped long distances, using lots of fuel just to get to your grocery store. Start a simple garden to reduce dependency on grocery-store produce.
7. Make a windowsill herb garden
Most of the herbs for sale in our area come packaged in plastic boxes. Grow some of your favorite herbs in a sunny windowsill so you can add flavor to your food without extra waste.
8. Give it away to Recycler/s
You know how when you’re done de-cluttering, you have a ton of stuff lying around your house that you need to get rid of? Rather than throwing it away (some people do that!), give it away to recycler/s to spare a landfill and make some money from your excess stuff.
9. Use your car less
Make an effort to stay at home more and drive less. Walk, bike or use public transit if possible to reduce your contribution to air pollution.
10. Invest in reusable bags
Or make them from scrap fabric. Countless plastic bags end up in landfills each year and don’t need to be there. Either buy or make bags in different sizes and take them with you to the grocery store or farmer’s market. Make small ones to use with bulk bins and produce. (Find shopping bags online here or produce bags online here.)
Keep the environment neat and clean is the hot topic that is under consideration today. The world is trying to take necessary measures to keep the environment friendly. The UN started a United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) for the whole world as there are a lot of problems being faced. Member countries are conducting conferences and meetings to create awareness in public. UNEP was observed first time in 1972 and 5th June is celebrated as the World Environment Day. Mongolia is going to host this event in the year 2013.There are so many challenges associated with these problems and member countries are trying to manage these challenges. Global warming, unavailability of clean water, diseases caused by pollution and noise are some of them.. They have taken bold steps to keep the environment friendly even that resulted in a high cost to the stakeholders. The most amazing thing is that people are also taking interest in these activities and are well aware about the importance of keeping the environment neat and clean.
Plastic shopping bags have been the most notorious product in the last few years. Environment conscious analyses are available which shows these bags as the basic cause of numerous problems. These are responsible for choking sewer, open drain system, spoiling sanitation and creating an overall unenthusiastic view of the environment. A decision was made to burn these plastic bags but this step causes damage to the environment. They produce dioxins and furans in the process of burning which is excessively and extensively inhaled by human beings. Dioxins and furans are the root causes of different problems just because of their high toxicity. International environment standards recommend these two elements should be absent from the air. Polythene is the raw-material which is non-degradable in nature, the plastic bags continue to be present in the environment and delivers their undesirable effects for a very long period. They are mostly visible in the urban areas due to their excessive use in cities.
Effective research and development resulted in a solution to this issue with the help of reusable grocery bags. Government institutes and enterprises are encouraging the use of these bags. Leading departmental stores have stopped providing traditional plastic bags. There are a large number of grocery bags, produced in different styles, sizes and stuffs. Users can take these bags for a long time and helpful for carrying heavy items as well. Users can fold these bags without occupying additional space. These are marked as environment friendly. This is the responsibility of government, NGOs and enterprises to promote them in true spirit. It is a smart way to keep our environment clean and green.