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Mosquito Pest Control : How to sucessfully manage them

Mosquito Pest Control : How To Sucessfully Manage Them

When you are drawn to read an article about Mosquito Pest Control, I’m sure you’ll relate to my experience that there are few things more irritating than the whining sound of a mosquito near your face in the dark while you are trying desperately to sleep. I have many a memory of a hot summer’s night where a play this horrible game of pulling up the bed covers to avoid the mosquitoes’ and then getting so hot I pull them down again, only to be attacked by these most irritating of pests.
It’s even worse outdoors as the critters attack relentlessly, especially your ankles.

If mosquitoes are driving you inside and under the covers (and crazy) this summer, it can be tempting to douse your home in chemical pesticides and your body in chemical preparations. While being effective, these pesticides may have adverse side effects and pose a danger for small children and pets.
This article is aimed at natural methods of mosquito control that offer effective relief that is safe for the whole family.

Mosquito Traits & Characteristics

There is a saying in the military – know your enemy !! and there is little more important if you wish to master proper mosquito pest control.
Mosquitoes are small flying insects.
The females feed off the blood of their host/s, and they have a long, protruding mouth or proboscis that is capable of piercing flesh.
Male mosquitoes on the other hand, actually feed off plant nectar and are incapable of sucking blood from a mammal. (I’ll resist a comment about the difference in the sexes and how they pertain to humans … joking of course).

You may be surprised that Mosquitoes have scales. They also, naturally, have wings.
Most are most active at dawn and dusk and they travel solo or in swarms.
They breed in stagnant water. So you those ponds in your yard may be the breeding ground for these pests.
While most people primarily regard mosquitos as a nuisance, they, probably more than most other pests, require proper pest control measures as they are also known to carry severe diseases such as West Nile Virus, and of course Malaria.
It may be virtually impossible to rid your yard entirely of mosquitoes, but there are pest control measures than can help materially reduce the mosquito population.

What are the Signs Of A Mosquito Problem

The answer, in short, is “you’ll know!”

The main sign that you have a Mosquito problem is actually seeing them – Mosquitos are visible to the naked eye and your hearing will pick up distinctive high pitched and annoying buzz when one comes close to your head. Although their bite itself can be painless, it leaves behind an itchy red bump. Sometimes these bumps may be confused with other pests, such as Bed Bugs and Fleas.

 

DIY Methods of getting Mosquitos Pest Control

Since absolute eradication is not realistic is most instances, reduction of the population is a more realistic goal. This can be accomplished in various ways, and to achieve the best results I would advise combining methods to come up with the optimal solution.

The main DIY methods of Mosquito Pest Control are as follows:

  • Citronella candles and torches are excellent choices for instances where you want to introduce Mosquito Pest Control while spending time outside with your family. Their effect is virtually immediate. Additionally, it lasts throughout the time that the candle/torch is lit. The scent of the citronella is an excellent deterrent to mosquitoes and other bugs and thus it works best when you are in close proximity with the candle or torch. Unfortunately, when the candle or torch goes out, the mosquitos are back – so this is the biggest drawback of this method and therefore I would recommend using this method in conjunction with other methods/s.
Cintronella Torch
Citronella Torch
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Oil (made from mixing an Olive Oil Base a few drops of Lemon Essential Oil with a few drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil) is wonderful for use around any outdoor living space. The mixture is best applied using a spray bottle and it great for spraying a fine mist when you first go outside. It has a lovely odor and is both highly effective and non-toxic. Regrettably, however, it is not long-lasting and therefore will need to be sprayed regularly.
  • There are also electronic devices on the market that fall into two basic groups:
    • Ultrasonic mosquito repellants are devices emit a sound that mosquitoes dislike and will avoid, but that is too high for humans to hear. In some instances, the device may bother some pets with sensitive hearing, so it’s best to test the devices and observe the reaction of your pets when first using them before leaving it on for a long period of time.
    • Ultraviolet mosquito traps attract mosquitos to the device where they are either electrocuted or are desiccated (dried) by the movement of air. If you are would like to read more about this attraction to UV light, Karola Schaefer, from Achen University, has a comprehensive explanation here.

 

Mosquito Prevention

Prevention is easier than eradication and your best bet is not to attract the mosquitos there in the first place. Remove any sources of standing or stagnant water as far as possible such as pools, puddles, kiddy pools, and birdbaths.
Many people are not aware that the smell of food can attract them as well, so when grilling or cooking out, it is advisable to keep your food sealed until it’s ready to go onto the heating source.

Wrap Up

Manage the Mozzies or they will manage you! Don’t let them spoil your summer.

Sven Welsh

What started out as an intention to economically protect my family and property from the ravages (and some dangers) of pests, has turned into a quest to share my research and findings with others.
Despite the cost and potential dangers of some eradication techniques, there are cost-effective and ethical ways of dealing with pests.
Knowledge is power.

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