The summer heat attracts more than beach bodies and party-goers to go out and play. The extra humidity also draws out mosquitoes into the fray. These pesky bloodsuckers bring a slew of diseases with them such as dengue fever, yellow fever, and malaria, to name a few.
You might find a few of these winged pests around and in your home, so how do you keep them away? Aside from the right kind of pest control, here are effective tips on keeping your home mosquito free.
Citronella is a natural plant extract that naturally repels mosquitoes. You can take that technique one step further by employing the use of citronella candles around important areas in your house. The heat of standard candles is good enough to repel mosquitoes and other winged insects, but the smell of citronella diffused from the burning candle will add extra defense to your home.
Flying insects cannot stand the blue-colored hue of a bug zapper’s light. Once they touch the wire mesh encasing the light, they are instantly electrocuted to death. The constant zapping sound you hear is a sign that pests are being dealt with. Place one inside and outside your house.
As mentioned above, exterminators will know what kind of non-toxic chemicals to use in and out your home to prevent mosquitoes, such as Cryonite. When dealing with mosquitoes, don’t just rely on D-I-Y methods. It’s best to consult experts on the matter.
A simple electric fan or air-conditioning unit will drive mosquitoes away. How? Remember that mosquitoes are attracted to heat. They have heat sensors that can locate their prey due to the heat they emanate from their body. If an aircon unit or electric fan is in use, your body temperature will be cooled down. Ergo, mosquitoes will go “blind” trying to look for you or even avoid the cool area altogether.
Known for keeping a fictional type of bloodsucker away from you (vampires), garlic is also effective for driving away mosquitoes. The odor may be unpleasant, but it’s exactly that that repels mosquitoes from your home. You can crush them in water and spray them around your house’s nooks and crannies.
While it may seem surprising, coffee grounds have been proven effective in repelling mosquitoes from infesting your home. What you may just need to do is sprinkle a few grounds in areas where there is stagnant water existing near your home.
Basically what the coffee grounds do is that it makes the mosquito eggs float into the surface. When they do, they will run out of oxygen, leaving them to die even before they are hatched. This, then, prevents the mosquitoes from breeding further.
One way to naturally prevent mosquitoes from infesting your home is to keep a few plants like citronella, marigold, lavender, lemon balm and basil. They are mosquito-repelling plants that are accessible and are easy to grow. You just need to strategically place them on your window sills and at the balcony.
For an instance, the catnip plant was found to be ten times more effective than DEET, a well-known ingredient in mosquito repellant lotions in a study way back in 2010.
Camphor is said to be the most effective mosquito repellant among others. For starters, camphor is basically a waxy substance that is extracted from the Camphor laurel tree. Aside from its usefulness, it’s also versatile to use.
One of the many ways you can use it is through lighting a few pieces of it and leave it off in the corner where mosquitoes are most present. After a half an hour or so, definitely you’ll find the place mosquito-free.
Another way you can achieve the same results is to place a few camphor tablets in the corners of your room where mosquitoes are existent, leave it there and it will evaporate within the day. Thus making the area free of mosquitoes, and with cleaner air.
Among the most recommended ways to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home is to install screens on your windows and doors. But of course, you have to put in mind that this is the kind which is of quality and is actually designed for mosquito control. Otherwise, the mosquitoes will be free to make their way through there.
Aside from installing screens, it’s also important to maintain them. Seal holes and fix tears regularly to maintain the effectiveness of the screens.
An interesting way of eliminating mosquitoes from your home is having bats. Yep. Bats can eat as much as 1000 mosquitoes an hour. All you need to do is install a bat house outside your yard, or call Batman to make one for you. Just kidding. Seriously, build a bat house. Weird, yes, but hey, if you’re open to the idea, why not?
Candles, bug zappers, pest control, ventilation, garlic, lavender, coffee grounds, plants, camphor, screens, and bats. These are some of the ways you can keep your home mosquito free this summer. Know any more ways how? You know the drill: sound off in the comments section below if you have any tips or suggestions.