Natural Mosquito Repellent For Dogs
Not only are mosquitoes bothersome, but they can also transmit various diseases to humans such as the Dengue virus, Zika virus and the Chikungunya virus. Additionally, there are several dangerous mosquito-borne diseases which can be transferred to your pets, and this needs to be avoided.
Luckily, there are plenty of commercial mosquito repellents on the market. These, however, contain chemicals which can be harmful to some people and their pets. This is why here at AnimalWised we want to offer you some natural home repellents to keep mosquitoes away from you, your home and your pets. Keep reading here to discover our homemade mosquito repellent for dogs.
Why are there mosquitoes in my house?
Mosquitoes can be both an annoying and dangerous presence in the home, since they can transmit diseases and painful bites. But have you ever wondered, ‘‘Why are there mosquitoes in my house?’’ Some of the main causes of mosquitoes in a house include:
- The weather. A humid, but hot environment, like in tropical countries, is conducive to the presence of mosquitoes.
- Rain. Mosquitoes take advantage of rainy season to breed. Did you know that most mosquitoes actually lay their eggs in puddles?
- Stagnant water. Areas of stagnant or old water are an ideal foci for the reproduction of mosquitoes.
Are you interested in repelling mosquitoes from your home? Keep reading below to discover our list of natural repellents which will keep away mosquitoes without killing them.
How to keep mosquitoes away
Have you ever wondered how to repel mosquitoes? These following repel mosquitoes home remedies are great options for people who have pets in the home, as they do not contain chemicals which are harmful to animals or people.
Scented candles or incense
Scented candles and incenses are a good way to repel mosquitoes naturally. Whether you’re looking to keep mosquitoes away outside or inside, we recommend opting for lemon, citronella, mint and orange scented candles. It is important, however, to bear in mind that dogs hate the smell of citrus. Therefore, if you opt for one of these candles, keep them out of your dog’s reach. For more, read about the top 10 smells dogs hate.
Not only will aromatic plants help your home smell nice, but they are also great natural mosquito repellents. We suggest placing a basil, mint, rosemary and/or eucalyptus plant near your window to drive away mosquitoes.
But, how do you keep mosquitoes away from your yard? Plants these aforementioned plants in your garden to keep mosquitoes away.
If you have a cat that has access to these plants, extra care should be taken. Eucalyptus, among others, is a harmful plant when ingested by cats. Therefore, we suggest reading up on which plants are harmful for cats. For more, read our list of 10 items that can kill your cat.
Essential oils have many uses: they are ideal for the skin, aid in relaxation, are aromatic and can are great natural mosquito repellents. To keep mosquitoes away from your yard or home, soak several cotton balls in essential oil and place them in a jar near your windows or garden entrances.
We suggest opting for lemon, mint, citronella, lavender, rosemary, eucalyptus or almond oil. Remember that you should soak the cotton ball every three days, as the smell fades over time.
Homemade mosquito repellent for dogs
This simple homemade dog mosquito repellent can be placed in different rooms in a home. All you have to do is cut half a slice of lemon and stick several cloves into each hemisphere.
If you don’t have any lemon in your home, opt for another citrus, such as orange. Remember to keep these out of reach from your dogs and cats.
Read here to discover 10 smells cats hate.
Natural mosquito repellent with vinegar
Did you know that mosquitoes hate the smell of vinegar? For this homemade mosquito repellent, fill half a glass a glass with water and add ¼ cup of vinegar. Mix and place the natural mosquito repellent in all rooms, preferably near windows.
Vinegar is another aroma that dogs do not like, therefore, make sure you place this repellent far away from your pup.
How to avoid mosquito bites
It is a fact, some people "attract" mosquitoes more than others and this is not a myth. Reasons why mosquitoes bite some and not others include:
- Blood type. Blood type O people are more likely to suffer from mosquito bites.
- Sweat. Mosquitoes are attracted to the compounds which are shed with sweat. People that sweat more suffer more from mosquito bites.
- Pregnancy. Due to an increase in body temperature, pregnant women attract mosquitoes.
- Carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide is expelled during breathing and is attractive to mosquitoes, so the higher the emissions (for example, when you exercise), the more likely mosquitoes will approach you.
Keep reading to discover how to stop mosquitoes from biting you:
Watch what you wear
Did you know that bright or fluorescent colors attract mosquitoes? Avoid these. Additionally, avoid using sweet smelling perfumes or deodorants that tend to attract mosquitoes.
We also suggest eating foods rich in vitamin C and B. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of these vitamins in sweat.
Essential oils not only serve to scare away mosquitoes from your home, but they can also keep mosquitoes off of your skin. Mix 20 drops of citronella, mint, lemon, lavender or cinnamon oil with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and apply to skin.
Vinegar and citronella
Another effective mosquito repellent can be made with vinegar and citronella essence. Mix half a glass of vinegar and 20 drops of citronella essence. Rub the mixture onto your skin and repeat the process every hour.
Use mosquito nets
Mosquito nets are a simple and economical way to keep mosquitoes from biting you while you sleep. You can either place one over your bed or windows keeping the mosquitoes from entering the space. This method is suitable if you have children and animals at home and prefer not to apply commercial or homemade repellents.
Dog mosquito repellent home remedy
When it comes to repelling mosquitoes, you will also need to stop mosquitoes swarming your dog or biting your animals. As we’ve already mentioned, there are many mosquito-borne diseases which are incredibly dangerous for dogs, and they should be avoided at all costs. For more about these diseases, we recommend reading our article where we discuss mosquito-borne diseases in dogs.
Do you want to know how to prevent mosquitoes from biting your dog or cat?Read these best home remedies to stop mosquitoes from biting my dog:
Although dogs and cats do not like the smell of essential oils, they are a good option for natural mosquito repellents. All you have to do is rub a few drops of eucalyptus oil onto your pet's fur to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Remember that you should not allow the dog or cat to lick itself once the oil has been applied as it could cause gastrointestinal problems.
Mosquitoes hate the smell of chamomile! Once you’ve made a strong chamomile infusion, spray your dog or cat with it. This natural remedy can also be applied to children and adults. Additionally, chamomile is not toxic to these animals. For more, read about the benefits of chamomile for dogs.
Orange and cloves
Similar to the lemon and cloves natural repellent for mosquitoes, cut half an orange and embed cloves in it. Place the clove orange near your dog’s bed to keep the mosquitoes away. If you notice that the smell is bothering your dog, place it a little further away.
Cut 3 or 4 cloves of garlic and let them soak in water for two hours. Then, spray the water on mosquito infected places in your home.
A mosquito net is also a good option to protect your animals from mosquitoes. Place it in the nearby windows by your dog or cat’s bed.
How to keep mosquitoes away naturally
Mosquitoes or fruit flies can be very annoying, they perch on your food and start feeding on it. Are you interested in knowing how to get rid of fruit flies and fruit mosquitoes? Here are some of our best natural remedies to keep mosquitoes off of your fruit:
Essential oils and water
For this mosquito repellent home remedy you will need orange, lemon and citronella essential oil. Pour 20 drops into a spray container and add two cups of hot water. Shake well and spray the mosquito repellent onto your kitchen surfaces, garden tables and spaces where the mosquitoes are generally present.
Clean your home well
One of the best preventative measures to keep mosquitoes away from your home is by making sure it is clean:
- Clean all kitchen surfaces after preparing your food.
- Dispose of trash in closed bags.
- Do not leave out stagnant water.
- Do not leave food or fruits outdoors.
- Immediately clean up any spillage of juice or other liquid.
But why are mosquitoes so dangerous? For more, read about these to dangerous diseases they can transfer to dogs:
How to keep bugs away from light?
Have you noticed that mosquitoes attracted to light, so how can you keep mosquitoes away from light?
Install LED lamps
Changing all your bulbs to LED lamps will not only help you save energy but it will also keep mosquitoes away! Common bulbs emit an infrared light invisible to humans, which are incredibly attractive to bugs.
You can also find some anti-insect bulbs on the market whose light spectrum mosquitoes cannot see.
Ultrasound insect repellent
You can also get an ultrasound insect repellent! These do not cause any damage and instead emit a very low frequency sound that keeps mosquitoes away. These devices are safe for pets.
This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.
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