Nothing sucks the fun out of a joyous evening cookout with friends and family like a group of hungry mosquitoes. These uninvited bloodthirsty guests are notorious for their disease carrying traits. They can spread diseases like Malaria, Dengue fever, and Yellow fever. So, if you see mosquitoes frolicking in or around your home, you need to take some serious measures to get rid of them immediately.
Tips to Getting Rid of Mosquitoes
Eliminate Breeding Sites
When it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes, the first thing you need to do is eliminate their breeding sites. This is extremely important as mosquitoes breed at the speed of light. A female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time and 3 times before she dies. The eggs are laid in clusters on the surface of stagnant or slow moving water and sometimes even on moist soil. It takes only 48 hours for the eggs to hatch.
So, what you need to do is eliminate such water sources from your home. By doing so, you can at least make sure that new generations of mosquitoes don’t take up residence in your home.
Here’s what you must do:
- Keep gutters clean and unclogged. Make sure that the water is drained out properly from the downspouts so that there are no small puddles in the drainage area.
- If you have a swimming pool in your home, then make sure the water is cleaned regularly and chlorinated so that the female mosquitoes don’t lay eggs in there.
- Homeowners who have ornamental ponds built in their homes must make sure that the ponds are aerated. This helps keep the water moving and thus discourage mosquitoes from laying their eggs. Another thing that can be done is to stock the pond with mosquito-eating fish.
Mow Your Lawn
If you have unusually tall weeds or other kinds of vegetation growing in your garden, then you need to chop them off, as adult mosquitoes rest in such places during the day. So, get out there with your mower and mow your lawn right away.
Take Measures to Avoid Exposure to Mosquitoes
- As mosquitoes are quite thin and small in size, they can easily barge into your home from the tiniest of holes and gaps. So, the next step that you need to take is to caulk or repair all small entry points, gaps, and holes in or around the edges of the windows and door screens in your home.
- Replace outdoor lights with yellow lights as mosquitoes find them least attractive. This measure will help prevent these bloodthirsty creatures from entering your home.
- Use Ultrasonic mosquito zappers to kill these flying pests in your home. These electronic zappers are designed to attract mosquitoes in the surroundings and as the mosquitoes get close, they get electrocuted.
Use Mosquito Repellents
- To prevent mosquitoes from biting, use mosquito repellents. There are many EPA-approved mosquito repellents available on the market such as DEET. These repellents are found to be quite effective against mosquitoes. All you need to do is apply some of the repellents on your body. The repellent helps keep mosquitoes from coming near you.
- Mosquito repellents are also available in coil and candle forms, which can be lit in your home. However, excessive exposure to such repellents may lead to respiratory problems, as they are made with dangerous
Cover Yourself Properly
To avoid mosquito bite, when you go outdoors in the garden, always cover yourself properly. Make sure you wear long sleeve shirts and pants. Also, avoid wearing dark colors as they are known to attract these winged pests.
Call a Professional
Even after doing everything you could to prevent mosquitoes from invading your space, if you still see them crashing into your home, you don’t have to succumb to them thinking that there is nothing that you can do to stop them. When this happens, it’s time to play your last card and that is to call a professional.
A professional mosquito service provider can easily identify mosquito breeding habitats and can offer you an individualized solution to wipe out, control and prevent a mosquito infestation from your home for the longest possible time.