Few summer bugs are as annoying as mosquitoes. You often don’t even notice the bug until it has finished biting you, leaving you with itchy bites. While mosquitoes are a problem for many people, they don’t have to be one for you. Eliminating places where mosquitoes thrive, such as stagnant water, will help prevent mosquitoes from using your home as a breeding ground. Using repellents, in addition to prevention methods, ensures that mosquitoes leave quickly, giving you a pest-free environment.
Apply a lotion repellent to your skin and spray repellent on surfaces. Repellent is only a temporary fix, but it will get rid of mosquitoes long enough for a barbeque or get-together. The best repellent should contain DEET (N-Diethyl-3-Methylbenzamide), as it keeps mosquitoes away the longest.
Plant herbs such as rosemary, lavender and citronella in your garden and yard. These herbs repel mosquitoes. Citronella candles, for example, are sold in stores to stave off mosquitoes and are easy to maintain. Try planting the herbs in small pots that can sit as centerpieces on an outdoor table as a natural deterrent to mosquitoes.
Remove any standing water. Mosquitoes migrate to stagnant water so make sure you don’t have any puddles or containers of water that can create a breeding ground for the pests.
Attach screens to doors and windows to keep mosquitoes from entering the house. Most building supply stores sell screens in various sizes that will snap onto windows.
Things You Will Need
- Repellent (Spray or lotion)
- Rosemary plants
- Lavender plants
- Citronella plant
- If you have a small pond in your yard that you don't want to get rid of, consider adding a pump to it to keep the water circulating. It won't get rid of the mosquitoes completely, but it will minimize the number of them.
- A home remedy suggests mixing mouthwash with water and spraying it on outdoor tables to keep mosquitoes at bay. You need two parts mouthwash to one part water. You can also spray standing water, such as a backyard pond, with the mixture.
- All your best efforts may still result in a few mosquito bites. Consult your doctor if a mosquito bite is inflamed or infected. You could have an allergic reaction and need medication.
- Non-LED lights may attract a variety of bugs, including mosquitoes. Switch to LED lights to keep pesky mosquitoes away.
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- “Ask the Bugman: Environmentally Safe Ways to Control Household Pests”; Richard Fagerlund et al; 2002
- “Pest Control Simplified for Everyone: Kill, Repel, or Mitigate Pests With or Without Pesticides”; Danny Ledoux; 2011