Citronella candles can be used indoors but there are some points worth understanding. Our experience and recommendation is not to burn these candles indoors. Firstly, citronella candles are designed for outdoors. Although the lemongrass scents are pleasant, citronella candles tend to have a slightly more smoky burn than ordinary candles. Outdoors this is not a problem but not so great for using indoors. It is also said that pets don't like the smoky scents! So, if bugs are a problem inside your home, we believe that citronella candles are not the solution.
What is a Citronella Candle?
Citronella scented candles will help to keep bugs away during alfresco outdoor family meals. Citronella candles are a popular non-toxic type of outdoor candle, known for their unique fragrance and insect-repellent properties.
Citronella candles contain citronella oil, an essential oil that is extracted from the leaves and stems of the citronella plant (Cymbopogon nardus or Cymbopogon winterianus). Citronella oil has a strong, lemony scent that is effective at repelling mosquitoes and other insects.
Problems Burning Citronella Candles Inside
Citronella candles are generally designed for outdoor use, especially in areas where there may be mosquitoes or other flying insects. Burning them indoors is not be the best idea due to several reasons:
Ventilation: Indoor spaces are usually less ventilated than outdoor areas. Burning citronella candles indoors can lead to a build up of smoke and potentially cause respiratory irritation.
Size of the Space: Citronella candles are typically effective in repelling insects within a limited area. In larger indoor spaces, they may not be as effective, and the concentration of citronella may not be sufficient to have the desired effect.
Soot and Residue: Burning candles indoors can produce soot and residue that may settle on surfaces, walls, and furniture. This can be challenging to clean and may leave a mess.
Fire Safety: Burning candles indoors always carries some fire risk. It's important to follow safety guidelines, keep an eye on the candles, and place them away from flammable materials.
If you want to repel insects indoors, there are alternative methods that may be more suitable, such as using indoor insect repellent sprays, electric insect repellent devices, or screens on windows and doors. Always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer for any product you choose to use indoors.
Do Citronella Candles Work?
Yes, they help! Citronella candles are made with citronella oil, which has a strong, citrusy smell that is thought to be the main ingredient that repels bugs and other flying insects. When citronella candles are burned, they release the citronella oil into the air, creating a barrier that insects are reluctant to cross. The scent of the citronella oil also masks the carbon dioxide and other chemicals that attract insects, making it harder for them to locate and bite humans. While citronella candles are not 100% effective at repelling insects, they are a useful tool for reducing the number of bites and can help make outdoor activities more enjoyable.
Does Citronella Repel Wasps?
Citronella candles are a deterrent for wasps as well as other bugs and insects.
How Many Citronella Candles are Needed?
There is no scientific answer but as a general recommendation, place a citronella candle every two metres (six feet apart) for optimum bug repellent.
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