Mosquitoes are pests that are ideal for us to prevent and keep out of our living areas due to the fact that they are the carrier of the dreaded heartworm disease and West Nile virus. Keeping mosquitoes away should be your top priority when it comes to preventing mosquito born illnesses. Defending your yard and house from mosquitoes will make it more pleasant to be outdoors without the risk of you or your dog being bitten by an infected mosquito.
New studies have found that you can repel mosquitoes from your yard and companion animals without the use of poison or pesticides. Catnip (Nepeta cataria) which is part of the mint family has been discovered as one of the best and cost effective methods for repelling mosquitoes.
Who Tried Catnip as Mosquito Prevention?
An Iowa State University study found that catnip oil is seven to ten times more effective as a mosquito repellent than other products on the market. The complete study findings and scientific data can be found here.
This information was given at the American Chemical Society’s meeting which still remains relevant today. The group said that catnip should work against any type of mosquito. Remember that this is just an extra layer of protection… heart worm preventatives should still be given monthly.
Before Making the Mosquito Repellent
There are quite a few ways that you can extract the oil from catnip which can be used as a mosquito repellent. You will need the following items:
- Dried or fresh catnip leaves,
- Good quality dish
- Glass Jar
- Olive Oil
Making the Mosquito Repellent
- Cut up the catnip leaves then place the leaves in the bottom of the dish.
- Use olive oil to cover the catnip leaves.
- You will want to put the mixture in the oven for 3 hours at about 200 degrees to make it complete.
After you have allowed the mixture to cool off completely you will want to use your strainer to strain the oil from the dish into your jar. You will want to have a lid on the jar when it is not in use to keep it fresh. You will want to allow your catnip to infuse for four to six weeks. The longer you allow the catnip to infuse, the stronger the final solution will be.
Blending the Solution
After you have allowed the catnip to infuse completely, you are going to use it as a lotion or as a spray.
To make a lotion you would put about 35 to 45 drops of the catnip oil into 8 ounces of coconut oil. Make sure you blend the ingredients so that it mixes well.
You would make the spray by mixing 40 drops of the catnip oil with 3-4 ounces of witch hazel and 3-5 ounces of water in a glass jar. You will want to shake the ingredients so it mixes well. You can put your finished solution into any spray bottle for use.