What Every Homeowner Should Know About Mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest pests in the planet.  They are on the same level as rats and cockroaches in spreading diseases.  Mosquitoes exist in every corner of the globe and the illnesses they transmit are mostly deadly. Mosquitoes are the causes of diseases like dengue fever, yellow fever, malaria and various types of encephalitis.

Mosquitoes are too deadly to be ignored. When homeowners find mosquitoes on their surroundings, they should take action immediately. While the most effective way to get rid of mosquitoes is by hiring pest control services, you can also follow the steps below in making your home mosquito-free.

Destroy their breeding grounds

Female mosquitoes lay thousands of eggs on stagnant water.  Without stagnant water, mosquitoes will find it hard to breed. Make sure that there is no stagnant water around your home. Look for areas that collect water like ponds, pet’s drinking bowl that has not been changed in a week, puddles, or empty tires left in the rain. Removing their breeding area is your first line of defense.

Grow insect repellent plants

Nature has endowed some plant species with abilities to produce insect repellent chemicals, which are safe for humans.  One example is marigold that produces a scent that repels insects.  Homeowners who have been experiencing mosquito invasions could plant marigolds around their house to keep mosquitoes and other harmful insects away.

Another plant worth mentioning is Thai lemon grass. This amazing plant contains citronella, which is a safe insect repellent. The best thing is that it can be used as an on-skin insect repellent too. All that needs to be done is to break a stalk and remove the outer leaves until the stem at the base is exposed. Then, rub the exposed stem on the skin and mosquitoes will stay away.

Keep surroundings clean

Like most pests, mosquitoes like dirty surroundings.  It’s amazing to note that the risk of mosquitoes infesting in a home is reduced significantly by the simple act of cleaning.  Removing items where water can accumulate and become stagnant, keeping the garbage bin covered, and removing clutter around the yard are very easy things to do but their benefits are huge when it comes to pest control.

Don’t stack dirty clothing

Mosquitoes are attracted to the smell of sweat. That is why they like hovering around dirty clothes.  When there are dirty clothes and the homeowner does not have time yet to wash them, they should be placed in a well-sealed container.

Bonus: An all-natural anti mosquito repellent

Garlic is a natural insect repellent.  Homeowners who are concerned about using pesticides can use garlic as a safe alternative.  Mix 5 parts of water to 1 part of garlic juice and mix well. Then dip some cotton bed sheets on the mixture and hang them on different areas in the house. The effect will last for five hours. It’s free, efficient, and safe to use.

Never ignore the threats posed by mosquitoes.  Take action in protecting your family from the illnesses brought by these insects. If the infestation is already serious, call a pest control company for help and your peace of mind.

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