We all know that annoying blood-sucking bug. Maybe they ruin your favorite outdoor plans such as camping, hiking, and others? Or they could be terrorizing you in your own home. You’re simply there sitting then suddenly you feel something itchy on your leg. Then you spot that cursed bite mark. Thankfully this article has you covered! We are here to tell you how to avoid mosquitos indoors and outside. Disclaimer though, these methods would require you to purchase some objects as mosquitoes are very elusive creatures. Remember that there are always Do-It-Yourself alternatives if you prefer. Now that the warning is given, let us begin!
What Is The Best Way To Keep Mosquitoes Away?
Nothing is honestly more effective than blocking all the entrances to your house. However, this can lead to poor ventilation within the house and might leave it feeling like a sauna. This is why you can use screen nets to cover these openings instead! For windows, you may get a net to constantly block mosquitoes and other unwanted visitors. However, if you do not want that caged look in your house, you can always get a screen that is slidable or moveable. The same goes for doors. Sliding doors make for a great second layer.
For smaller surfaces or those who do not want to get someone to install the screens, screens are sold in hardware stores and online. These work by applying the material using glue or velcro. If it needs to be opened, magnets can be applied to make it openable and closeable.
Lessen the amount of water that is left out in the open
Another is to make sure that there is no breeding ground for mosquitoes. These insects lay their eggs on surfaces of water that are usually shallow or still. This makes ponds, puddles, vases, and water dishes perfect for them. If these are common around your house (in and out), I suggest that you quickly get rid of them. In case you cannot, then try to create a cover for these certain spots so that the mosquitoes are unable to get to them.
Illuminate your house
Mosquitoes love the dark. This can be as simple as the shadows underneath your tables or those created by your curtains. Therefore, one way to keep them away is to keep the shadows to a minimum. However, there are drawbacks to this as your house might get very hot if it is constantly exposed to light.
Buy or make your own mosquito repellent
Outdoors, there is not a lot you could do to make a closed space to keep unwanted critters out. Instead, you have to make yourself undesirable to mosquitoes. Did you know that these insects hate strong smells? This is why the usual repellants always smell so strong. Citronella, Lemon Grass, and other plants do a great job at this when their leaves are broken and their enzymes are released. Buy mosquito repellants and follow the instructions when applying them to avoid these blood-sucking creatures. Remember to always check the ingredients in case your skin is sensitive.
To those who would rather make their own, here are some recipes you can try for yourself. Start with a 1:10 ratio of lemon eucalyptus oil to any carrier oil of your choice. You can also use ¼ teaspoon or 24 drops of cinnamon oil and add it to ½ cup of water.
You can also try mixing 1 tablespoon of mineral oil, 1 teaspoon of lime juice, and 2 cups of water then soaking 5-6 cloves of garlic in the liquid overnight. Once done, strain the garlic and apply it anywhere. One last thing you can try is using half a lemon then sticking 5-6 cloves of garlic around the pulp. Place this anywhere you want to repel mosquitoes.
Professional Mosquito Control in Omaha & Lincoln, NE
ABC Termite and Pest Control’s mosquito control services are designed to effectively reduce mosquito and tick activity so that property owners and managers can focus on enjoying their outdoor spaces with family and friends. There is no need for anyone to be home or on the property for our treatment as long as gates are unlocked and pets are indoors. Mosquito “resting” areas are where we focus our applications, such as leaves on trees, shrubs, under decks, shady areas around the yard and near the home.
Eliminate Standing Water
One of the most effective ways to prevent mosquitoes from breeding is to eliminate standing water around your property. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water, so getting rid of these breeding grounds can reduce the number of mosquitoes in your area. You can start by removing any objects that collect water, such as tires, cans, and buckets. You can also regularly check and empty water dishes for your pets, as well as bird baths and other outdoor containers.
Another way to prevent mosquitoes is to use mosquito traps. These devices attract mosquitoes and trap them, reducing the number of mosquitoes in your area. There are different types of mosquito traps available, from propane-powered traps to electric traps. These traps can be useful in reducing mosquito activity around your property.
Mosquito Repelling Plants
You can also plant mosquito-repelling plants around your outdoor spaces. Some of the plants that are known to naturally repel mosquitoes include citronella, lavender, lemon balm, and marigolds. You can also light citronella candles to create a barrier between you and the mosquitoes.
If you are looking for an effective insect repellent, you can opt for chemical repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or IR3535. These chemicals can provide long-lasting protection against mosquitoes, but they should be used with caution and according to the instructions. Alternatively, you can use essential oils to naturally repel mosquitoes. Some of the essential oils that are known to be effective against mosquitoes include eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree oil.
Thermacell Patio Shield
Another option is the Thermacell Patio Shield, a device that uses heat to repel mosquitoes. This device is effective in reducing mosquito activity around your outdoor spaces and can be used in conjunction with other methods to prevent mosquitoes.
Learn more about repelling mosquitoes in your yard.
Say Goodbye to Mosquito Bites
Preventing mosquitoes from invading your spaces requires a combination of methods, including eliminating standing water, using mosquito traps, planting mosquito-repelling plants, using natural or chemical repellents, and more.
By taking these steps, you can reduce the number of mosquitoes around your property and enjoy your outdoor spaces without the annoyance of these blood-sucking insects. Remember, if you are still struggling with mosquito control, you can always reach out to a professional mosquito control service for assistance.
Additional Reading: 13 Home Remedies for Mosquito Bites
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