A mosquito might be a minute insect, but the nuisance it causes is enough to get everyone up in arms against the insect. Malaria disease is the insect’s worst arsenal with 300-500 million people becoming infected in the world annually, with 600,000 of them succumbing to the sickness. Other ailments caused by mosquitos include encephalitis, West Nile virus, dengue and yellow fever, and filariasis. Besides the potential damage that mosquitos are capable of bringing to you, there exist safe and secure ways in which you can proactively reduce the threat. The following tips are vital in preparing for mosquito season:
Drain Stagnant Water
Ensure there is no stagnant water around the house. Mosquitos hatch in water and can make use of the most unlikely places to lay eggs such as:
- Broken bottles and open plastic materials
- Bottle tops
- Depressions containing small amounts of water
- Kids play items.
However, you do not need to worry about water in your swimming pool since it is chlorinated. Chlorine is hostile to mosquitos, and they cannot get near the pool, let alone hatch in the water. You should also seek professional pest control services to help you get rid of mosquitos and offer suggestions that will help you maintain an environment with zero breeding grounds.
Use of Natural Repellants
Planting plants that are not friendly to mosquitos such as basil, lavender, and rosemary in your front and backyard gardens will help keep the environment mosquito-free. Besides, the plants provide a pleasant aroma and enhance your home’s aesthetic beauty. There are some plant species like the deer, which have a defense mechanism. The plants release natural repellants when disturbed which can also be used to keep mosquitos away from your house.
Apply mosquito repellants to keep mosquitos away from you. However, the repellant has to be repeatedly applied since its effect wears off after some time. There are children-friendly variants that can also be used to keep your baby safe from mosquito bites. Additionally, ensure not to wear on perfumed lotions, deodorants, and hairsprays since they attract mosquitos to you. If you have to wear perfumes, select those that contain strong lavender, basil, or rosemary scent.
Mosquitoes hate smoke more so, the aroma emitted by incense. Most incense sticks contain a blend of eucalyptus, cloves, and citronella which can be smelt from a distance thus repelling mosquitos from your house. You can also prepare home-made incense by burning herbs and spices that repel mosquitos such as:
Biological Mosquito Control
You can also help get rid of mosquitoes around your place of residence by rearing animals, birds, and reptiles that feed on mosquitos and their larvae. Create a conducive environment for the birds by planting trees and hanging bird feeders to attract the birds. Biological mosquito control can include:
- Birds such as swallows and purple martins
Mosquitos can prove to be a menace during the wet season more so if you have not put in place measures to prevent being exposed and stop them from breeding. Preventing mosquitos from breeding by getting rid of any potential breeding ground is the most effective way to control malaria. Application of topical medication and ointments is secondary prevention against mosquitoes and other crawling insects.