When the rains pour down in the summer, I pull out the mosquito dunks and our essential oils, which we use for insect repellent. Sometimes, I also make a citronella candle for sitting out on the porch swing. Life in the country can be kinda buggy, so you need all the arsenal you can find. While I really avoid the chemically-based alternatives at the store, I find that I can use more natural alternatives and stay chemical-free.
When the rain comes down in sheets with bursts of tropical downpours, we do prepare for the mosquitoes when they water stops. In our South Texas climate, this means a low pressure has chosen to sit right on top of us, near us, or off the Gulf of Mexico. It may also mean that El Nino decided to pay us a visit for the summer. All of which brings mosquitoes.
Making a citronella candle is easy peasy, and my special needs son even gets a homeschool science lesson in the process!
How to Make a Citronella Candle
Gather these materials:
- A small glass jar (mine was a little large, but it worked)
- Cotton string
- A weight of some sort, even a small pebble will work
- A clothespin
- 1/2 cup of oil of your choice
- 1/2 cup of beeswax
- A glass measuring jar, or a small saucepan
- 1/2 teaspoon of citronella or Bug Off essential oil
Then make your candle
Melt the beeswax and oil together in the jar or saucepan, until the mixture is liquid. Stir as needed. Add the citronella or Bug Off to your liquid and stir. Set aside.
Attach a string to your weight. The string should be long enough to sit on the bottom of the glass jar or container for your candle, and still long enough to be clipped with the clothespin. Dip the weight with the string attached, into the melted wax and position on the bottom of the container. Clip the string on the top of the jar, making it straight and tight.
Stir the wax and pour carefully into the mold without disturbing the string.
Allow it to cool for several hours. Light as needed for mosquito control. (Makes one candle)