Mosquitoes are problematic for homeowners in many parts of the world, not only are they irritating to get bitten by, they carry disease, and this means that they can pose a significant risk to your health.
There are many non-chemical ways of getting rid of mosquitoes. Here are a few ideas to help you get rid of this menace from your house:
Use Neem Oil:
Neem oil is an agent which acts as a mosquito repellent, and that is suitable for use indoors. The American Mosquito Control Association did a study in which they mixed neem oil with an equal amount of coconut oil and found that the two together were suitable for keeping mosquitoes away. The oil is a powerful anti-fungal, antibacterial and anti-viral, and it can be used not only in the home but also on your skin. The smell is good for warding off insects, and coconut oil is good for your skin as well, so when you rub the oil on your skin, you get a nice-smelling lotion that will smooth your skin, and you also enjoy the benefits of the oil warding off mosquitoes. The mosquito-deterring effect will last for about eight hours.
Stopping Mosquitoes From Getting Inside
While neem oil is a good way to stop a mosquito from biting you, it’s better if you can just stop them from getting indoors in the first place. You can solve a lot of issues with mosquitos by using screens to cover gaps in your windows and doors. You don’t have to cover up every single window or door in the house just the ones that are going to be opened a lot. You can use a door strip at the bottom of the door to cover the gap there and patch up any other gaps with filler or a patch kit. Use an adjustable screen to cover your windows and doors.
Once those gaps are covered, the next challenge is to get rid of the ones inside. You can use ultrasonic repellers to keep mosquitos out of certain rooms. These operate on a sound frequency that humans and most pets can’t here, so they won’t affect your quality of life, but they will scare off most insects. They’re far safer than chemical repellents and last longer, making them more cost-effective.
Camphor oil is another good repellent that is quite natural. You can light some camphor in a room, close all the doors and windows, and leave it for 20 minutes. This should drive out all of the mosquitos, and the effect will last for a long time.
If you want to kill off the larvae around your home, then you can do that by planting some Tulsi. The Tulsi herb is edible, and it is popular in Indian cuisine, so you get the double benefit of a mosquito free home and a harvestable plant for your home.
If you want to take some more aggressive action, you can kill off mosquitos using dry ice. The mosquitoes are attracted to dry ice because it emits carbon dioxide which is the same thing that we exhale. They flock to it expecting a human to feast on, and you can then close the lid of the dry ice container and kill the mosquitoes off that way.
There are other mosquito traps that you can make that work in different ways, For example, you can make a mixture of brown sugar and hot water, with a bit of yeast, and use that to make a trap. Cut a bottle in half, put the mixture into the bottom part of the bottle, and put the half of the bottle with the lid into the bottom part, upside down (after removing the cap). Wrap the bottle in black tape, and put it into the area with mosquitoes. Again, they will be attracted to the mixture, and will ‘fall in’ to the trap, then be unable to get out.
Stopping Mosquitoes From Breeding
Mosquitoes breed in standing water, and this means that if you have a pond, or even just puddles of standing water or a barrel that has filled up with rainwater near your property, you could be attracting pests via that. You can do a lot to discourage mosquitoes by getting rid of any water that you have control over, and cleaning up damp debris such as dead leaves or fallen branches. If there is stagnant water that is harder to get rid of puddles in the yard, for example, then take a moment to sprinkle some coffee grounds onto the water. This should force any mosquito eggs to float to the surface, where they will be deprived of oxygen. If you can stay on top of this and do it whenever there is water, you should eventually kill off all the mosquitoes, and no new ones will have been born.
Essential Oils to Fight Mosquitos
While you’re combating the hatching of fresh eggs, there are other things that you can do. You can often fight against mosquitoes by using essential oils, and since these smell so great, it’s a fun way to keep your home, and your body, a mosquito free zone.
Lavender oil is a popular way of fighting against mosquito bites. It can be just as useful as any chemical for fighting them, and it has such a strong odor that mosquitoes simply will not come anywhere near it. You can spray it in a room and enjoy the scent, or apply it to your body. The aroma of the plants will work well, and lavender scented air fresheners will also do the job as long as they contain real lavender
Tea Tree Oil is an effective essential oil that has numerous uses. It can be helpful not just in fighting off mosquitoes but also because of its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. Be wary of applying neat tea tree oil to your skin because it is incredibly powerful. Rather, add a couple of drops to the water that you use to wash your body and to rinse down other exposed parts of your body. You should find that not only does this ward off mosquitoes, it also helps with other skin issues too.
Peppermint oil can have a similar effect, but rather than applying it to your skin, you should spray this at the bugs themselves. Peppermint oil can be irritating if it gets in your eyes or on your skin, so spray it away from you, and use it sparingly.
Good Habits for Avoiding Mosquitoes
If you live in an area where mosquitoes are common, then you should get into the habit of trying to find ways to avoid infestations. Hang a mosquito net around the bed every time you go to bed, and spray yourself with whatever mosquito-repelling cream you want to use as well. The creams and sprays are only effective for a short time, and the net will ensure that even when the repellent effect wears off, you won’t have to worry about being bitten.
Make sure that you have a mesh on your doors and windows, and close that mesh at bedtime. Indeed, you should keep it shut as much as possible to stop pests getting into the house.
If you do see mosquitoes in the house, kill them immediately. The sooner you kill them, the less chance they have of laying eggs, and the fewer you will find. If you let them take a foothold in your home then it will be a lot harder to get rid of them.
Mosquitoes like light, but there are lights that will repel them. Yellow bug lights, sodium lamps and LED style lights are less appealing to them than standard incandescent bulbs, so try to replace all the lights in your home with those.
Take a look at your property, and get rid of any stagnant water. Move debris away from your walls because things like piles of wood with a tarp over them can still attract damp, and water can pool in the creases of the tarp. Get rid of them to solve your issues.
Sometimes, you may want to call in a pest control expert to help with a serious mosquito problem. Before you do that, though, try your techniques. There are chemical sprays that contain insecticide, and that can be useful for getting rid of mosquitoes, but before you use those, you should think about how they might impact pets or small children in the family. If you have a serious issue with mosquitos and you want to beat it quickly, it may be that getting the kids to stay elsewhere for a few days while you get the house treated with insecticide could be a good option. There are mosquito kits that are suitable for use in the home but again you might want to keep pets away from them.
Do not ignore the problem. Mosquito bites are a transmission vector for some diseases, and while it’s OK to use traps to slowly get rid of a small number of the pests when you have a more serious, aggressive problem you could be putting your health at risk by letting it go on. It makes more sense to ask for advice from an expert.
There are a lot of myths out there about how you can repel mosquitoes. Some suggestions for home remedies include using citronella plants, or garlic. While there is some truth to the idea that citronella contains chemicals that can ward off mosquitoes, the concentration of those chemicals is very small, and you would need to use a huge number of the plants to have any discernable impact on mosquitoes. The oil itself could be useful, but so far extensive testing has failed to prove that citronella oil works.
There are many other methods, using washing up liquid or mouthwash to scare off or trap mosquitoes, for example, ” these are all unproven, and risky. Rather than using such techniques, it makes more sense just to use tried and tested insecticides, and to work to change the environment in your home so that it doesn’t attract mosquitoes in the first place. With a few changes to your environment ” keeping your gutters, gardens, and fences in order, and sealing up your home so that the mosquitoes can’t get in ” you should find that your property is far less appealing to mosquitoes and that you don’t have to worry about you or your family getting bitten.
If you can’t use home remedies or home pest control kits, then calling in a pest control company is the next logical step. Tell your nearest neighbors what you are doing, as well, because they will want to know that there has been a pest issue (if they haven’t noticed already), and it may be that they need to take measures around their home as well. Pest control works better when everyone is working together to keep the environment clean and tidy, and to discourage insects from taking up residence in the neighborhood. It only takes one person not taking care of their end of the bargain for the whole area to become riddled with pests. Communicate, and don’t be embarrassed that you were the first to see the issue and take action.