13 Apr Mosquito World – Your Guide to Home Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes remain a threat in today’s world especially in tropical areas. Their bites may be tolerable but the allergies and the prevalent deadly diseases they spread around the world are more than enough reason to take mosquito control problems seriously.
Rule of thumb is always to end the root cause in solving a problem. It applies the same with countering mosquitoes. However, that would mean controlling mosquitoes outdoors which is unfortunately extremely hard, tricky and time consuming to deal with. Most of the time, addressing mosquito problems indoors is a lot easier. To know how, read on these easy and manageable tips below:
Tip 1: Have your doors and screen fixed before anything else. You would want to make sure mosquitoes and other bugs and insects cannot just go in and out of your house whenever they like. Also, consider installing window screens on those you like to be open most of the time just so the bugs are kept out.
Tip 2: Eliminate all possible standing water at home. Make sure the water inside your vases is regularly replaced and your bathroom has not been infested with these filthy flying insects. Also, keep an eye on areas prone to collecting moisture. The point is to make sure female mosquitoes have nowhere to lay their eggs in. This actually is one of the most basic keys to remember in keeping mosquitoes from spreading.
Tip 3: Try out natural indoor mosquito solutions in making sure mosquitoes are kept off of your skin or your family’s. Most common natural mosquito repellents that actually work are below:
- Camphor Oil – Known as a very good and long lasting mosquito repellent, camphor oil is a natural oil with many benefits like for muscle pain and better breathing. To use as a repellent, just light it in a room with all entries sealed off and leave it as is for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Coffee Grounds – For areas where stagnant water is likely to be present but you are not able to monitor it from time to time, just sprinkle coffee grounds in it. This will have the mosquito eggs float to the surface and once they do, that means they will be deprived of oxygen. In no time, these eggs will be destroyed earlier before they hatch.
- Dry Ice – Mosquitoes are attracted with the carbon dioxide we exhale. Apparently, dry ice emits carbon dioxide too. That being said, you can actually use dry ice as a mosquito trap. Just place some dry ice in a container and place the container where there are usually mosquitoes. Once you spot mosquitoes near or inside the container, close the lid right away. The downside of this method, though, is that it is time consuming and demanding of attention.
- Garlic – Mosquitoes hate the strong pungent smell of garlic. Hence, garlic makes an efficient mosquito repellant. To use, just crush a few garlic cloves, boil them in water, put the water in a spray bottle, and start spraying it around the room or in your house to drive mosquitoes away.
- Mosquito Traps – You can find a lot of mosquito traps online or from the market.
- Mosquito Repellent Plants – Place plants that naturally repel mosquitoes indoors to prevent them from entering in your home. Two common examples of these are catnip and feverfew. You can also try placing tulsi shrub near yoru windows. Tulsi naturally prevents mosquitoes and has been proven to work well in killing mosquito larvae and driving mosquitoes away.
- Peppermint – Peppermint is also a natural, minty aromatic mosquito repellent and an overall insecticide that you can use indoors. However, you have to be cautious when spraying this as it can irritate the skin.
When done or used correctly, these remedies can significantly decrease the appearance of mosquitoes indoors. Just make sure the instructions are properly followed.