Make your home mosquito free


Published Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:49 pm

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Mosquitoes harbor diseases, and they’re incredibly troublesome too. If they bite you, the welts they leave itch for days and make it difficult for you to fall asleep. Consider reading some Terminix reviews and applying these great tips to keep your home mosquito free.

Keep them outside

Mosquitoes are more active at dusk, although they also come out during the day. Keeping your doors and windows closed when they are most active is critical to keeping your home mosquito free.

Look for gaps around windows and doors. If you see any, make sure you fill in any gaps around your door with weatherstrip. It creates a tight seal to keep the mosquitos out. If you want to open windows during the day, make sure you have the screens on top to keep the little bloodsuckers at bay. Seal any gaps with sealant so they don’t get in.

Clear the breeding ground

Check the inside and outside of your home for hotbeds. Mosquitoes love standing water. So if you have something in your house that they can access, remove it. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a water cistern in your yard. If you do, however, make sure there is a grate in place to keep the mosquitos out.

It is not uncommon to find standing water near air conditioners as it will continually drain while they are in operation as condensation forms. If you see water there, make sure it can drain efficiently. Otherwise, check out a mosquito paradise.

Natural mosquito repellants

There are certain plants that mosquitoes hate. It is a good idea to plant them anywhere in the house. As a bonus, you have lovely flowers to enjoy and keep mosquitos away naturally. You can also take home clippings to keep them away.

Some of these plants do well indoors too, so you can keep them indoors to control mosquitos that land in your home. Some plants that mosquitoes don’t like include mint, rosemary, lavender, marigolds, lemongrass, citronella, basil, garlic, and catnip.

Mosquitoes don’t like citrus scents either, so you can spray your doors with orange or lemon essential oils. If you go this route, make sure you dilute them properly first. They also don’t like the smell of cloves, so you can sprinkle cloves around your home or put them in lemon halves to keep mosquitos off as well.

Mixing eucalyptus oils with lemon oils in a properly diluted carrier can also be effective at keeping mosquitos away. Camphor is another effective repellent because of its strong odor when burned. If you light the camphor, after a short while you will find that the mosquitoes are nowhere to be found.

Tea tree oil and garlic spray are also effective in keeping the mosquitoes from biting you. To make a garlic spray, boil a few crushed cloves in water and strain the water into a bottle. Mosquitoes don’t like the smell and prefer to stay away. Tea tree oil can be applied to the skin with a spray or directly, as long as you use a suitable carrier such as coconut or jojoba oil.

Professional mosquito intervention

When you’ve tried all of the natural methods but the mosquitoes aren’t bothered, it’s time to tell your landlord to give the professionals a call. A mosquito treatment plan begins with an inspection, followed by clearing the breeding site.

Pest control experts will move on to chemical products to be used where mosquitoes can hide. Other solutions include water treatments to prevent eggs from hatching or developing in remaining stagnant water that cannot be fully cleaned or drained. You can prepare the chemical treatments yourself, but it can be dangerous if not handled properly. Professional help is always better.

The professional can also suggest traps to keep mosquitoes away from you and the interior of your home. The best traps release carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes. If the traps are properly placed between your home and the place where mosquitoes take shelter, you have a good chance of catching and killing them. Indoor bug zappers can also be effective.

Getting mosquitos under control

Mosquitoes are annoying pests that, if not handled properly, can cause significant health problems. While you are working to keep them away from your home, you have many options. Before doing anything, however, you must first clear out any hatchery sites that you can find. From there, you can take a natural route and see how that affects you. When natural repellants aren’t enough, a professional can help rid your home and garden of mosquitos.

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