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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

The last thing you would want to hear while you’re about to fall asleep, is the incessant hum of these flying blood suckers. Mosquitoes are one of the most notorious insects on the planet. They’re also one of the most common, too. Their name is derived from Spanish, meaning “little fly” (Mosca-ito).You’ll not be the first to hate these flying mini vampires and you certainly won’t be the last. They’re responsible for spreading many lethal diseases from Zika to yellow fever to chikungunya, dengue fever and most notably malaria.

These little parasites cause havoc all around the world from Africa to Asia and yes, even the United States. They can cause irritation in the skin from bites, followed by a swollen bump where the insect first bit. Here’s a little intel about the winged mini-beasts.

About the Mosquito

Mosquitoes are flies that resemble the midge and belong to the Culicidae family. There are thousands of different mosquito species. Male mosquitoes collect sugars to keep themselves fed from crops and nectar from flowers and fruits. The females need a blood meal for proteins in developing their eggs. They can easily store both sugars and proteins separately and use both as needed.

The females of many species are the ones to bite mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians, insects and fish. The female mosquito picks up on the scent of a victim, the carbon dioxide it exhales and the chemicals in their sweat. It locks onto the target and pierces their skin with its needle-like mouth (proboscis), drawing the blood while leaving some of its saliva in.

The blood sucking itself not be important; how much would a teeny bug suck anyway! But the real damage occurs from the saliva of the mosquitoes themselves. The protein in the mosquito saliva causes an immune system reaction which causes the itch. Until the foreign substance is dealt with, the itch and the bump on the skin remain and keep irritating the victim.

They don’t discriminate in biting their victims. Combine that with their notorious reputation as carriers of deadly diseases (vectors), and you have one of the deadliest creatures on earth. The most common type of disease associated with mosquitoes is malaria. The mosquito responsible for this is the Anopheles Albimanus. Malaria claims more than a million lives a year and almost half the world’s population is prone to the disease. Africa, in particular, is where 90% of malaria cases occur. Dengue and yellow fever as well as chikungunya, are equally as deadly viral diseases. They’re brought about by the bite of the mosquito Aedes Aegypti.

So what can you do to get rid of unwanted mosquitoes? How can you protect yourself and your family from the damaging effects of these deadly insects?

Get rid of those buzzing mosquitoes once and for all

  1. Catnip oil

Contrary to what advertisers would have you believe, catnip based oils are more effective than DEET-based products. You can buy seeds for the catnip plant and strategically place them to grow in your front yard. They’ll act as a natural mosquito repellent and even food for your cat.

Cats are known to be a natural stress reliever and make great pets. One way to force yourself to grow catnip is to own a cat. You’ll have a home grown supply of catnip to serve two purposes: Keeping mosquitoes away and feeding your cat.

  1. Citronella, the ever popular mosquito repellent

Much like many of the essential oils that mosquitoes can’t bear, Citronella oil is one of the best oils that you can use. It is easily available in the market. If you and your significant other are planning a candle-lit dinner, a candle with this essential oil is the best way to keep these pests from spoiling the fun.

When you sleep, have a mosquito net to prevent mosquitoes from disturbing you. Apply the citronella oil to the areas of your body exposed while you sleep.

  1. Lavender

Lavender is another one of the great natural plants that you can have in and around your house to ward off these pesky insects. Not only does lavender smell good, its  oils and candles can help keep the mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes hate lavender, so use it against them. Apply lavender oil on your body when you go to sleep to prevent mosquito bites.

  1. Garlic to ward off the mini-Vampires

Much like vampires, mosquitoes also despise garlic. So incorporate garlic in your diet if you’re allergic to any of the oils that you apply. The smell of garlic is sure to drive mosquitoes away.

Preventing from a Mosquito Infestation

Mosquitoes are creepy and love damp areas as natural breeding grounds. Female mosquitoes can lay their eggs in just a couple of inches of water. The larvae that hatch from these eggs can find sufficient sustenance in that water. The best way to prevent your home and surrounding areas from becoming a breeding ground is to dry up any standing water. Get rid of puddles as soon as you see them.

Keep your doors and windows locked when you’re going to sleep, in order to be more secure from invading mosquitoes. Have a number of oils and plants that act as mosquito repellent. These include mint, rosemary and camphor. Use dry ice as a mosquito trap. When the dry ice gives off the carbon dioxide, mosquitoes will naturally be attracted to it and you can place a lid on the dry ice to trap and kill the mosquitoes. Coffee grounds do the same for mosquito eggs as they rise to the surface and die off due to lack of oxygen.

Want To Get Serious About Mosquito Control? Use Professional DIY Products

The home remedies we suggested above can often be hit or miss. If you want a more serious solution to mosquitoes who are swarming and invading your home, it would be wise to resort to professional DIY mosquito control products which we have here at Solutions Pest & Lawn.

For the best results in getting reducing mosquitoes around your home, you will need to use an assortment of products as opposed to just one. Outdoors, it is recommended to reduce as much standing water as possible and apply larvicide in areas where water cannot be drained. Larvicide is a sort of growth control that prevents larvae from maturing into adult mosquitoes. A good larvicide we carry is called Altosid Pro G.

Aside from that it is also recommended to use a high quality insecticide and spray around your entire yard. Use an insecticide like Reclaim as well as an insect growth regulator to spray around your yard using a gallon sprayer.

Mix the concentrates with the Pivot IGR according to label directions and spray the perimeter of your yard.

It’s important to make sure you are getting the spray to the underside of the leaves on the foliage being treated. Simply spraying the tops of the leaves will not be effective as mosquitoes have a tendency to hide on the underside of leaves.

You can get all of these products in our convenient Guaranteed Mosquito Control Kit. This contains all you need to conduct an effective mosquito control program for your home and yard.

Conclusion

Mosquitoes can make things so miserable that you don’t even want to go outside and enjoy the fresh air of your own yard. However, we hope that by following the tips and equipping yourself with the professional DIY mosquito control products we mentioned in this article, you can keep mosquitoes at bay during those high active times of the year.

For more DIY pest control advice, give us a call at 800-479-6583 or email us at askapro@solutionsstores.com

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