Who isn’t annoyed by mosquitos? You may safely designate mosquitos as our common enemy. Mosquitos are most common during warmer seasons and it’s always a struggle dealing with them.
Mosquitos are not merely annoying–they are a health hazard as well. They can spread diseases like malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, which have a history of creating pandemics in some countries. However, the most common effect is itchy mosquito bites, which are quite irritating.
These insects are a nuisance, whether they’re inside or out. But you, humans, can have the upper hand no matter where you encounter these pests.
It can be as much of a task killing mosquitoes as it is restricting them outdoors. If you’re willing to go that extra mile, there are a few simple things you can do outside the home to reduce the number of mosquitoes. For that purpose, you have to look for environments that nurture mosquito breeding around your house.
Mosquitoes are drawn to dark and humid places, such as under-patio furniture. When treating mosquitoes, concentrate on those places. If you have a gardener, you can definitely ask him or her to include an external mosquito treatment. The best strategy is to minimize their presence outdoors which will, in turn, help minimize their presence indoors.
If you are serious about ridding the area outside of your home of mosquitos, consider growing plants that repel mosquitoes such as Tulsi. You can also keep them in windows as an indoor plant to help prevent mosquitos. Other mosquito-repelling plants are Catnip and Feverfew.
Supermarkets have shelves dedicated to products that kill mosquitoes. These products contain chemicals that may be hazardous to your health. So, our goal shall be to look for options that are a little on the safer side.
Mosquito killing products make up a big industry, and there is a lot of misinformation about which brand is better. Take time to educate yourself before buying any one product.
Garlic is quite a common item on our grocery list. It is available in almost every home. It might come as a surprise that garlic is one of the most effective defenses against mosquitoes. To use garlic as a repellent for mosquitoes, take a few cloves, and crush them. Then boil them in water and pour the solution into a spray bottle. Use the spray where you find mosquitoes and see instant results. Just a note should you try this option: the smell is not pleasing but it will fade shortly after application.
This is already very common and many people take advantage of this method because coffee grounds are easy to find. Combined with sitting water, coffee grounds will help you clear the mosquito’s breeding ground since the coffee grounds make it hard for mosquito eggs to mature.
Camphor oil is a strong insect repellant and is quite convenient to use. It works best in closed spaces, so close all doors and windows before lighting the camphor. Once lit, let the smell fill the room. Mosquitos can’t stand the smell and die immediately. It usually takes 15 – 20 minutes to complete the whole process using this method. It’s a good idea to leave the room after you light the camphor as the smell is somewhat foul.
Another scent mosquitoes can’t stand is that of mint. Use mint or mint oil indoors to get rid of mosquitos. Additionally, you may grow mint shrubs outside as an additional layer of defense against those pesky critters.
This method is tried and true as an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes in the house. Mosquitoes can’t stand the smell of lemon cloves. To use them as a mosquito repellent, just slice the lemon in half and place it somewhere you’ve seen mosquitoes. It is a natural and less toxic way to get rid of mosquitoes.
Though it is an effective method to kill mosquitoes, it isn’t very convenient. Place the dry ice inside a container and then place the container inside the room. Mosquitoes are attracted to it because of the emission of carbon dioxide and, when they fly close to it, become trapped and suffocate.
Disclaimer: Always use gloves when handling dry ice, as it may harm your skin.
The best mosquito repellent for an apartment will depend on a variety of factors, including the size of the apartment, its location, and the severity of the mosquito problem.
If your apartment is full of mosquitoes, it could be due to several factors: standing water, open windows, and doors, unsealed cracks and gaps, warm temperatures, a lack of air circulation, or the local mosquito population.
To reduce the attraction of mosquitoes in your home, it’s important to eliminate standing water, keep your home clean and dry, and use mosquito repellents when necessary. You can also use screens on windows and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home and use mosquito traps to capture any that do get inside.
Mosquitoes are annoying but the fact is they are an important part of our ecosystem. Their presence is equally important to sustain the environment and they’re a vital part of the food chain for some animals and other insects. They have their place and it’s not in the house. If you want to get rid of them, try to use natural ways to kill them.