An educational guide to help you get rid of unwanted Mosquitoes.
How To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes
No one wants to deal with mosquitoes as these pests can spread disease and leave you with bites that won’t stop itching. Some people will only have a mild reaction to a mosquito bite while others will experience severe swelling and inflammation. No matter your reaction, it is better to just avoid being bitten.
Hire A Professional
The best method of effectively getting rid of all the mosquitoes is to hire a professional as they will be able to use an integrated method that includes multiple approaches to removing these insects. They will give you suggestions for reducing breeding grounds for mosquitoes, use chemical products to kill the mosquitoes currently present, and more. The insecticides that professionals use may target adult mosquitoes or prevent them from growing. These insecticides are typically designed to only be used in water environments or sheltered resting areas. Because of this added complication, it is best to leave choosing the right product to the professionals.
How To Keep Them Off You
While you are working on the major problem with the mosquitoes on your property, you can take some steps to keep them from biting you. You can wear a repellent of some sort, which will typically contain chemicals but may be oil-based with more natural ingredients. You should also wear clothing that covers everything and is loose as this will keep you cool and mosquitoes are attracted to bodies which are warm. If the mosquitoes are inside your home, you may even want to get a mosquito net for your bed, although these are typically only necessary in areas with a lot of mosquitos and open windows without screens.
Make Your Home Mosquito-Proof
If the mosquito problem is outside of your home, make sure that it stays that way. Take care to keep all windows and doors closed unless you have a screen in place to keep these and other insects out. Seal all gaps under doors and around windows with weather stripping, caulk, or another similar material.
Take Advantage Of Citronella
Citronella products are so popular because they are truly effective at keeping mosquitoes away, particularly when outside. You can actually use citronella oil on your body as a natural repellent. Additionally, you should have no problem finding citronella products, like candles or torches. You can even buy a citronella plant and put it in your yard. Whenever you want to use it, just snap off a small twig and rub it on your skin plus the area around your porch. There are also incense coils available.
Use Other Essential Oils
While citronella is the most effective, other essential oils can also sometimes deter mosquitoes. You just need to invest in an oil burner and candle, using them to heat up water with an essential oil. Try a few drops of lemon, catnip, lavender, and/or eucalyptus oil, combining them if you want. The oil will evaporate into the air around the area, giving you a circle with a diameter of two to three meters that should be free from mosquitoes.
Other Herbal Remedies
There are also a range of herbal remedies some people claim to see results from while others don’t. Garlic is the perfect example and while there is no scientific proof that it repels mosquitoes, there isn’t any harm in trying it. You can try planting garlic or just sprinkling garlic powder in key areas. Others suggest sprinkling coffee grounds, camphor, Indian lilac oil, neem oil, coconut oil, holy basil, lavender oil, tea tree oil, pinion wood, rosemary, red cedar mulch, clove oil, mustard oil, vetiver, and peppermint.
Get Rid Of Stagnant Water
Mosquitoes breed in water, particularly standing water. Because of this, if you have any puddles, bird baths, filled buckets, clogged gutters, or similar pools of water, you are more likely to have mosquitoes. Do what you can to remove these sources of standing water and you should see the mosquito population decrease.
Choose Your Lights Carefully
Mosquitoes are strongly attracted to most light sources so whenever you have lights outside or inside your home on, this will encourage them to come. Instead of using traditional lights, opt for ones that don’t attract these insects. The best choices are yellow LEDs, sodium lamps, or bug lights. Always choose these for porches, windows, and doorways.
Encourage Natural Predators
For mosquitoes outside of your home, you can also try introducing natural predators of mosquitoes. If, for example, you can attract dragonflies, you will see fewer mosquitoes as they will eat the pests.
Use Chemical Insecticides
In the case of both inside and outside mosquito problems, you can also use chemical-based insecticides that are sprayed via a fogger so they reach every surface. Ideally, this will be applied by a professional as they already have the equipment and know what safety precautions to take, such as how long following the treatment you have to wait to go back into the room.
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