Coils, mosquito nets, essential oils… How to protect yourself from mosquitoes?

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There are many techniques to keep mosquitoes away. Between oils, repellents or even the use of bats, which ones are worth trying?

Unfortunately, who says return of the heat says return of the mosquitoes. This summer, the latter abound everywhere in France, to the chagrin of people seeking to protect themselves by all means. It must be said that there are many techniques, from mosquito nets to essential oils and bats, which ones to remember?

The classics: mosquito nets and spirals

This is perhaps the simplest but also the most radical way to fight against mosquitoes. The mosquito net prevents the insect from reaching your body and therefore offers you absolute immunity. You can find them at very affordable prices on the internet or in stores. Negative point, you cannot take your mosquito net everywhere with you, so you have to find alternatives if you are on the terrace for example.

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Outdoors, we notice more and more small green mosquito coils under the tables this summer. You just have to light them so that the smoke they give off scares away the mosquitoes. “They repel mosquitoes around their immediate environment. On a large terrace, for example, you need one at each end,” notes the UFC Que Choisir website. Another very well-known method: the diffuser, which acts more or less in the same way but thanks to electricity.

The body: repellents and essential oils

There is a large amount of mosquito repellent. Whether in spray or ointment form, they are applied to the skin and are supposed to scare away the insect. “The most effective mosquito repellents are based on DEET at concentrations of 25%, 30% or even 50%”, recalls the UFC Que-Choisir. In the vast lot of repellents, you can find organic based on essential oils for example. However be careful, some repellents are not recommended for young children or pregnant women.

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In terms of “physical” solution, you can also simply opt for the shower. You should know that mosquitoes have a good sense of smell and are attracted to the smell of your sweat. After a shower, you reduce the risk of stings.

The originals: ground coffee and bats

These techniques may be less effective than those previously mentioned. However, they are interesting or even completely adapted to your mode of operation. For example, animal lovers, you can install bat houses near your terrace. The animal can engulf hundreds of mosquitoes per hour. But this technique is unfortunately ineffective during the day.

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Another may be from burning in a container of ground coffee. Indeed, the smoke will repel the bloodthirsty animal. Especially since this method is 100% ecological.

There are also actions to know in order to limit mosquito invasions. In particular, it turns over watering cans, cups, pots and other containers likely to create stagnant puddles of water that the animal adores.

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