I bet you’re here because you want to prevent mosquito bites by getting rid of mosquitoes. Yeah, you’re in the right place. What’s the best way to not get bit other than getting rid of what’s biting you? There are many ways to prevent mosquitoes from being in your area by reducing the general population around you.
Get Rid of Mosquitoes in your Environment
Getting rid of mosquitoes in your yard can be as simple as removing standing water. Water referred to as standing is a body of liquid that has stayed in the same place undisturbed for more than 24 hours. Mosquitoes can lay eggs in this water and eventually they will grow old and become adult mosquitoes looking for a bite! The fastest way to get rid of these bugs in your yard by is by removing the children that become adults, thus spreading and reproducing. So get rid of pools, buckets and other pails that may be contaminated.
Clean up nesting ground around your house
Tarps are the best place for mosquito nesting grounds. They will lay their eggs in puddles of water that collect when it rains and will remain quiet until they eat enough bacteria and tiny food that they can become adults. I recommend looking at any tarps in your yard or near your house every 24 hours, especially if it has rained lately. Rainwater is the mosquito’s best friend. Remove it!
Another tip that you can follow is keeping your yard clean. Spray about a gallon of insect repellent or insecticide around your house. This will get rid of other unwanted bugs such as spiders, fleas, and ants. Usually consisting of oil and harmful chemicals, make sure to keep this liquid away from your pets and kids. This is a pretty cheap option for those on a low budget and it works exceptionally well if done correctly.
If you don’t feel comfortable handling such dangerous chemicals, or need something that is a bit more powerful, consider hiring a professional. You need to plan ahead and hire them right before the summer starts so they can spray early. This will provide a peace-of-mind for you and your family since they usually offer a money-back guarantee and will get it done right.
Fun way to kill mosquitoes
Don’t feel like going through all this trouble and planning just to kill a few mosquitoes? You can purchase a bug swatter. Technically, a tennis racket would work fine. Companies actually found that if they manufacture a tool that looks like a tennis racket and introduce a DC circuit into the wires that will literally shock the bugs works great! These usually require AA or AAA batteries, but are extremely efficient at killing mosquitoes; it’s a lot of fun too!
Let’s just say that you are even lazier and don’t want to have the joy of swinging around an electrolyzed weapon. What should you do then? You can spend a few dollars and buy a bug zapper that hangs from your ceiling. Just plug this thing into any standard wall outlet and it will start killing all kinds of bugs at night. Many nocturnal bugs (including mosquitoes) are attracted to heat and light and will fly towards the zapper. ZAP! They will instantly become electrified and die on the spot. You just have to unplug it and shake out the dead bugs every so often.
Some prefer to use an insect repellent. There are creams available that you can rub onto your skin that will repel mosquitoes. Sometimes this cream smells terrible, and it even burns some people with sensitive skin. DEET is the main ingredient that repels mosquitoes. Never use these creams on children under the age of 2 years.
Citronella candles insect repellent
Citronella candles are also a great way to reduce the amount of mosquitoes and other biting bugs around your area. They hate the smell produced by the candle and will fly away until they find another host to feed on. Luckily, these citronella candles actually smell pleasant to some people and can be used inside as well as outside. You can buy citronella candles and torches. Torches are cool because they also act as a light source in your backyard that can be used a decoration while getting rid of mosquitoes.
Probably one of the best ways to kill mosquitoes from biting you is to wear the right kind of clothing. Wearing long sleeved shirts and long pants such as jeans to lower the amount of bites you receive. If you know you are going to a place where mosquitoes will be many, try wearing these types of clothes as well as spraying an insect repellant for best results.
Mosquitoes are attracted to heat and the CO2 you produce when you breathe, so try to wear bright clothes that will make you sweat less. It’s hard to find the happy balance of long sleeves so they don’t bite, but short sleeves so you don’t sweat. You just have to find what works for you and stick with it. If you don’t know experiment with a few techniques until mosquitoes leave you alone!
Preventing diseases from mosquitoes by reducing bites
If you visit a third-world country, or one in the roots of Africa, then you will find that they frequently use mosquito nets. This is a proven method that will keep almost 100% of mosquitoes out. Mosquitoes in these areas generally carry diseases such as West Nile Virus and Malaria so it is futile that the people stay protected. Bugs cannot pass through the tiny holes in the net and will be kept out. You may want to consider purchasing one. Other small nets and even large rolls of fine netting can be purchased at many depot stores.
Growing garlic in your yard is just an awesome idea. I mean, you get to use free spices anytime you want. Some people don’t like garlic, but there is a good thing about it: just having it around your yard will repel mosquitoes. Just go buy some seeds this spring and plant them just to see if they work and I bet you’ll be surprised. Lavender is also a great mosquito repelling plant.
If you want to kill just a few mosquitoes, or are going to be outside for just a few minutes then take a small bowl of water and add some soap. Leave this soapy water outside and the mosquitoes will be attracted to the water source because, as we mentioned earlier, that is where they lay their eggs. Once they land in the soap bubbles, they will get stuck and drown.
Other tips you can try!
Well-placed fans can also do a wonder. By disrupting the air flow in an area, you will mess up the mosquito’s flight pattern and they won’t be able to fly correctly. They literally can’t fly where the airflow is above a few miles an hour. Place a fan or two around where you are sitting or eating dinner to get some relief.
Try using lower light levels around your house to reduce bugs. All nocturnal bugs are attracted to any light or heat source. Mosquitoes won’t fly toward LEDs or sodium lamps, which is a nice fact because we can use these to produce visible light for us while not attracting any harmful bugs.
Another tip that not many consider is simply to stay inside and away from mosquitoes when it gets dark outside. As novel as this idea is, it’s not always easy to follow the most practical.