Dry Pest Control: Make Your Own Citronella Candles
In the past, people used candles to get the source of light, and today the candles are used in various purposes and functions. Candles come in different sizes, shapes, fragrances and colors and having specific uses. There are fragrance candles which can be used in door, some candles are meant for decoration outdoor and indoor, and citronella candles for using outdoor to drive away bugs and insects.
Citronella is popularly known for its mosquito repelling quality. People used Citronella candles in their backyards as mosquito and other insects’ repellents. Person near the citronella candles have 42% fewer chance of mosquito bites.
Laboratory experiments show that oil of Citronella has the slightest or no toxicity for the small animals subjected to.
Some studies showed that a citronella candle is a vital source of harmful polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which can have serious effects on human health. These studies instruct not to use citronella candle indoor. Make a point that children should be kept far when you light Citronella candles.
However, making your own citronella candles will be interesting and useful. The citronella candles will help you have uninterrupted and undisturbed parties at outdoor in your garden by keeping the insects and bugs away.
How to make citronella candles?
Ingredients to be used
The ingredients are available in local craft store in the market. You can collect Wax, wicks, terra-cotta pot and citronella oil for the preparation of citronella candle.
Heat the wax slightly higher degrees as recommended to pouring temperature, and when the wax completely melts then pour into the terra- cotta pot by tagging the wick at the bottom of the pot. Tag the wick through the drainage hole of the flower pot and keep the wick straight to the top of the flower pot, so you the wick remain intact and straight. The drainage hole of the pot is to be closed with tape.
Before pouring the melted candle wax add about 10-12 drops of citronella oil. The oil will help you in keeping way the insects and bugs.
Then allow the candle to be cool and stiff.
Finally, when your citronella candle is made completely, then you can use in summer months in your garden or outdoor to drive away the mosquito and insects.
Citronella candles are getting more popularity because it is less harmful than the mosquito coils used in developing countries. The scientific researches have claimed that the mosquito coils have pesticides and other harmful chemical, which releases poisonous gases and it can kill human beings if used indoor without ventilation.
So it is better not to use mosquito coil and either citronella candle indoor.
There are some precaution for using citronella oil, it is highly flammable and used for lanterns. So be careful while using citronella oil.
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