Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tips for Repelling Mosquitoes

If you've been watching the news, you've seen reports on all of the rain we've been getting in Texas.

I may have complained about my potatoes a few days ago, but it really is getting bad, y'all.

If you're curious about where I am located, in relation to the major flooding (Houston, San Marcos, etc), we are located about 1 1/2 hours north of Houston, but approximately five from San Marcos.

Despite our distances, our area has had several awful storms come through.

As a matter of fact, the flooding in our town got so bad, a little girl (13 year old) was swept into a ditch, and drowned, as she walked to school.  

Our town is devastated. 
Please pray for her family, and for the numerous others missing across our state.

Please pray for the families that are displaced, due to the flooding.

I cannot enunciate the need to prepare your family for an emergency, enough.
You never know when something will happen.

On a lighter note, our plants are thriving...
((I love the patina of an old flower pot))

The bad thing about all of this rain (and a small issue to deal with, in comparison to the price many are paying), are mosquitoes.

Several things that we are doing to alleviate the frustration of mosquitoes are:

1.  Citronella Candles
I got this muffin tin turned candle holder idea from Brenda at Cozy Little House.
I got the citronella tea lights from the dollar store.  They were priced 12 for $1.  Cheap!

2.  Using plants through the garden, such as:
lemon grass

3.  Eliminate standing water, as much as possible.  Mosquitoes breed in water (and it can be very shallow water).  Though it is nearly impossible to remove water in our yard, right now, it is important to implement drainage techniques (dry river beds, french drain, etc.) in order to prevent standing water. 

4.  Add goldfish to your ponds and water catchment systems.  We have a rain barrel, and have added several goldfish to it, to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

5.  Rotate your water.  If you have a pond, use a fountain, filter, etc., to ensure that the water is constantly moving.  Other water catchment devices should be stirred, and the water inside should be rotated (water your garden with it).

6.  Tiki Torches.
We use citronella oils in our tiki torches around our patio.

7.  Vanilla
Did you know that rubbing vanilla on your skin will deter mosquitoes?

8.  Lemon & Orange Peels
Place lemon and orange peels around the yard.

9.  Lime Juice
Lime juice on your pets' collars.

10.  Muddled Herbs
Add muddled herbs (mint, lemon grass, basil, etc.) to lotion, and apply to skin.
If you're battling mosquitoes, I hope these tips help!

Please, please remember our great state when you say your prayers.
I've heard that we should anticipate another round of storms, starting tomorrow and continuing through the weekend.



  1. Great tips!! I think standing water is one of the biggest problems when it comes to mosquitoes!

    1. Thanks! Yes, standing/stagnant water is a definite breeding ground for mosquitoes.

  2. Oh my, I am so very sorry to hear about the weather and the little girl in the flooding. So sad. Thank you for the tips on keeping mosquitoes at bay.

  3. Hello Gorgeous! Great tips! Thank you so much for sharing it with us. Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm, so we can party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  4. So sorry to hear of the sadness in your town. Hopefully things will be better soon. These are great tips on repelling mosquitos. LOVE the citronella tea lights in a mini muffin pan. Super cute. Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door is OPEN. http://lifewithlorelai.com/2015/06/04/home-matters-linky-party-40/ :)

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