Summer is coming, and so are mosquitoes. Every year, they come back from (who knows where) to invade your house and leave your skin itchy and swollen. If you are okay with mosquitoes, think twice. These creatures can be more than a simple inconvenience: they trigger nasty infections or skin allergies at best and spread potentially deadly diseases at worst. Unfortunately, these creatures are so small that preventing their arrival and keeping them away from your home can be difficult. This article describes a few easy ways to limit their presence in your house.
Chemical Repellents: Prepare for Battle
An easy and effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is to spray chemical repellents around your home. The two main chemicals that are best against mosquitoes are DEET and Picaridin. Usually the higher the concentration of these chemicals the most efficient these are. Such treatments come in a variety of products and brands that can easily be found in supermarkets. However, if you have small children or pets, refrain from using large quantities of these products. The chemicals could be harmful to them and the environment.
Citronella: the Cinderella of Mosquito Repellents
When most synthetic repellents contain chemicals potentially harmful to your skin and health, citronella is an all-natural oil guaranteed to keep mosquitoes away. Usable in the forms of sprays, candles, oils or creams, citronella is an inexpensive and effective way to create a barrier between you and these blood-sucking creatures. Cinnamon and castor oil have similar effects on mosquitos. You can mix all three types of oils together and warm them up with a candle to create a DIY mosquito repellent candle.
Sleeping Nets: Get Your Beauty Sleep Back
Sleeping nets create an effective barrier between you and the mosquitoes when you need it the most: during night time. You can easily find such product in most camping or outdoor activities stores. This method is so effective and inexpensive that it is commonly used in tropical and poorer regions prone to the spread of Malaria and other deadly diseases through mosquitoes. Don’t forget to check the nets regularly for holes. Installing an insect screens on your door and window will also help control the mosquito population in your home.
Plants and humid areas near your home (pound, fountain) can potentially attract mosquitoes. Try and plant vegetation that is known to repel mosquitoes (like citronella) and try to relocate the sources of water as far away from your house as you can. The three methods described above are equally powerful in getting rid of mosquitoes and are fairly inexpensive. If the mosquito infestation in your home seems to be out of hand and/or if you are not sure which method is best for your house in Springfield, MO, talk to a pest control specialist. He or she will inform you on the signs of a mosquito invasion and advise you on a plan of action to get rid of mosquitoes.Share