Newest Review: ... really being bothered by insects while I am away but I do buy the candles a lot. Citronella candles are great are stopping insects from ... more
Member Name: gill1960
Date: 09/06/03, updated on 09/06/03 (3839 review reads)
Advantages: Stops flies a little, nice smell
Disadvantages: doesn't stop all flies
FLIES, FLIES and more FLIES.
What should you buy to deter the pesky creatures.
Citronella is originally from southeast Asia it is a grass like plant, with tall bluish/green leaves, which have a kind of lemony smell.
The leaves are used for their smell as well as a medicine. I am not really going to discuss the medical qualities of citronella in this op, as my op is more about repelling flies and mosquitoes.
If you do not like flies buzzing around your living room on a warm summer evening Citronella is a well known insect repellent. It saves having to use fly spay and it is far more attractive to have a citronella candle burning quietly away on your coffee table than a big can of fly spray.
If you are having a quite evening sitting in your garden and are being bitten by those tiny midges, why not place citronella incense sticks randomly around your garden as well as lighting a citronella candle to place on your garden table, for good measure.
If you live in mosquito country if the oil is mixed with a little cedar wood oil it is a great way of preventing mosquito bites.
Some people are allergic to citronella oils and it may bring on dermatitis. It should never be put neat on the skin and should always be mixed with another oil. Inhaling the oil of citronella may increase your heart rate and should be avoided if you are pregnant.
Citronella candles come in all shapes and sizes and can be bought in garden centres, candle shops, some department stores, health shops, markets etc.
The price ranges from £1 upwards
The same applies to the incense sticks and oils.
Using Citronella items, to me seems a far better way than polluting the air around us with artificial chemicals. I realise in some cases more drastic measures must be used, but heck I live in UK, how many days in the year do I h
ave my windows open or sit in the garden where flies etc are around. Surely I can rely on citronella for such a short time.
If not I can always resort to a fly swat.
One last point to remember flies are attracted to food, so keep all food covered up at all times.
Thanks for the read ;o)