What Smells Will Keep Mosquitoes Away From My Tulsa Property? 

May 18, 2021

Mosquitoes can really make you miserable in Tulsa. They can also spread diseases when they bite you. Mosquitoes are a type of fly with one pair of wings, elongated spindly legs, and a long snout used as a tube. This tube inserts saliva into the person bitten to keep the blood flowing, then slurps up the blood. Only female mosquitoes bite people. Females need a blood meal to be able to lay eggs. 

a mosquito sucking the blood of a tulsa resident

West Nile Virus 

The primary disease that mosquitoes carry in Tulsa is West Nile virus. Most people who get infected display no symptoms. Twenty percent of the people infected show mild symptoms. These symptoms are: 

  • Fatigue 

  • Skin rash 

  • Fever 

  • Vomiting 

  • Diarrhea 

  • Headache 

  • Body aches 

The danger of serious mosquito-borne illness is real. About 1% of the people infected with West Nile virus develop problems with the central nervous system. Meningitis (swelling of the membrane around the brain and spinal cord) and encephalitis (swelling of the brain) can kill a person. Even if the person survives, they may never fully recover from the central nervous system problems.

Protect Yourself From Mosquitoes 

To protect yourself from mosquitoes in Tulsa, experts recommend wearing long sleeves and long pants when outside. Dump any standing water that mosquitoes can lay their eggs in. Dump out your birdbaths and troughs at least once every week. Experts also recommend spraying yourself and your clothes with DEET. This product repels mosquitoes and other problem insects so they do not bite you. The CDC and FDA say DEET is safe. (However, DEET can cause skin reactions such as a rash in some people.)

Using Essential Oils To Repel Mosquitoes 

Some people use essential oils to repel mosquitoes. The effectiveness of essential oils to repel mosquitoes is debated in the scientific community. There are essential oils that seem to repel mosquitoes, but most of them do not work for as long as DEET and must be frequently reapplied. There is also debate about which essential oils work and what concentration of the oils people should use. 
 
Citronella has been used to repel mosquitoes for many years. It is not usually applied to clothes or the skin. It comes in candles or tiki torches that are lit to atomize the oil. Citronella does repel mosquitoes, but they are not 100 percent effective and once the candles or tiki torches go out, the mosquitoes return. 
 
Spearmint repels mosquitoes. It is such a good repellent that it keeps mosquitoes from biting for more than 45 minutes. Here are some other essential oils that may help: 

  • holy basil 
  • Eucalyptus 
  • Peppermint 
  • Mexican mint 
  • Cloves 
  • Nutmeg 
  • Lavender 
  • Cinnamon 
  • Thyme 
  • Greek catnip 
  • tea tree oil 

Risks Of Essential Oils 

Just because essential oils are natural does not mean they are safe. You need to research a given oil before using it. Never place an essential oil on your skin or clothing straight out of the bottle. Essential oils should be diluted by a carrier oil, such as almond or olive oil. The usual dilution is 3-5 drops in 1 ounce of carrier oil.

Some people are allergic to some essential oils. Before using one as a mosquito repellant, it is a good idea to put a small amount on a spot of your skin and wait a couple of hours to see if it causes problems.

Get Professional Help With Mosquitoes

Dandi Guaranty is a professional pest control agency that can come out to spray for mosquitoes if they are causing a problem. Just call Dandi Guarantyat (918) 265-1583 for answers to your questions about using essential oils to repel mosquitoes or to request our mosquito treatment.

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