Meet the Pest
Nothing can send people indoors quicker than the smack and squash of a mosquito. Where there is one, there is certain to be more. The initial pinch of a mosquito bite isn’t nearly as aggravating as the itchy bump that is left behind. It can itch for days and in the end leave a scar, thanks to all the itching. Unless a homeowner wants a reminder of every backyard barbecue up and down their arms and legs, knowing how to get rid of mosquitoes is very important. Knowing how to kill mosquitoes before being exposed to their nasty bite is important for homeowners. If a mosquito is lucky enough to receive a blood meal and head on to another unsuspecting human or even animal victim, there is the chance of spreading disease that can be incredibly harmful. Malaria and the West Nile virus are only two of the hundreds of diseases that can make humans very ill or even be fatal.
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Mosquitoes typically live outdoors but will easily head indoors. Mosquitoes like to hang around light sources and are actually attracted by the carbon dioxide humans and animals emit. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, making it very important to minimize any standing water, which can be anything from a puddle, to an entire pond, to the leftover water in the bottom of a flower pot dish. Not all species of mosquitoes feed on blood; some feed of the larvae of other mosquitoes. It is also just the female mosquitoes who are responsible for the blood-sucking reputation of these insects. Mosquitoes generally feed off of flower nectar, but females require specific proteins and vitamins for egg production. Mosquitoes are typically dormant during the heat of the day and feed in the early hours of the morning or cool early hours of the evening.
Quit Bugging Me!
Getting rid of mosquitoes is a constant battle for many homeowners. Nothing is worse than a backyard full of guests and a swarm of uninvited mosquitoes taking over the party. There are several do-it-yourself things a homeowner can try to help with quick mosquito extermination:
- Add a sprig of rosemary to the coals of the grill. The scent of rosemary or other aromatic herbs such as sage can be a great mosquito repellent.
- Spray insecticides around the home, particularly near doors and windows prior to dusk. This is a time when mosquitoes are least active and will help to keep them out of the area before they ever get in.
- Use citronella candles on tables or in the oil of tiki torches, which emits a mosquito repellent.
- Wear long sleeves and pants, as well as apply personal mosquito repellent, to exposed areas to greatly reduce your exposure to mosquito bites.
One of the best ways to stay on top of mosquitoes is to get ahead of the problem before it starts. Knowing how to kill mosquitoes before they bite is also the best way to prevent a potentially life-threatening health issue. And, killing a mosquito before it bites might keep away an annoying (and sometimes painful) itch.
Homeowners looking to get rid of mosquitoes on a long-term basis should take some precautions and preventative measures that will minimize a mosquito population, which starts with reducing their access. By considering some of the most common attractors of mosquitoes, homeowners can become more protected from these pests:
- After a rainfall, check plant containers, porch furniture, gutter drain covers and any areas that may collect water.
- Ensure outdoor containers have drainage, such as garbage cans or recycling bins. Water collecting in these areas can surprise homeowners but is an absolute haven for mosquitoes.
- Keep window and door screens in good repair to prevent access points.
- Use a low bug attractor light for porch lights near doorways.
Knowing how to get rid of mosquitoes will make outdoor activities much easier to tolerate for homeowners. Staying on top of stagnant water and applying insecticides or personal mosquito repellent can also help to keep mosquitoes to a minimum.