TAKING OUT THE STING KEEPING MOZZIES AWAY
DANGEROUS or not, every mosquito found buzzing around the backyard is an unwelcome guest.
Many of the sprays and creams we use to repel these biting bugs often tend to have scents that are unappealing to humans as well.
Natural alternatives with pleasant smells come in all forms these days and do not have to be put on the skin.
Mayo Hardware product manager Daniel Jaegers says his company’s range of mosquito repellents use sandalwood and citronella in the form of incense sticks, candles and torch oil.
“They are less intrusive. You set them up and then you can get on with your barbecue,” he says.
Jaegers says people can mix and match outdoor products like the Santalum Estate – All Natural Mozzie Repelling Sticks and Waxworks Citronella Candles to keep mosquitoes away.
“You build a barrier around your entertaining space,” he says.
“Citronella and sandalwood mask the carbon diox- ide and lactic acid that humans give off, which mosquitoes are attracted to.”
Insect zappers should be kept away from the house as they are designed to bring mosquitoes to them.
“They have a UV lamp which gives off a wavelength that mosquitoes are attracted to,” Jaegers says.
If the mosquito problem gets inside the house, Gecko have an indoor insect zapper that can be hung on a wall.
Silicone wrist bands such as the Biteshield Mozzie Band are infused with citronella to keep bugs away.
Top left: Gecko Cordless Rechargable Insect Zapper; Bottom left: Biteshield Mozzie Bands.