When the temperature starts to rise as summer approaches, it is a crucial time to start looking at which methods to use for reducing mosquito bites. The need for serious concern is even more critical now that more Zika virus spreading mosquitoes are becoming more widespread.
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- Eliminate Any Areas Of Still Water Around The House
- Stop Mosquitoes From Entering The House
- Make The Environment As Cold And Windy As Possible
- Apply A Good Mosquito Repellent
- When Outside Try To Wear Light Coloured Clothing
- Stay Inside During The Mosquitoes More Active Periods
- Disguise Things That Mosquitoes Love
- Use Organic Natural Mosquito Repellents
It is important to look at mosquito safeguards at home but essential if travelling to areas of the world where mosquitoes are active in spreading Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and Malaria.
Eliminate Any Areas Of Still Water Around The House
In just 14 days mosquitoes can complete the breeding cycle in the tiniest amount of water. An upside-down lid, birdbath, plant pot or pond are all mosquitoes need to breed. A great idea, if you own a garden pond and do not want to destroy it, is to stock your pond with bug-eating fish like minnows or guppies. Also introduce some moving water, like a fountain. There is also a bacteria that can be added to a pond which consumes mosquito larvae. This bacteria is natural and is named Bacillus Thuringiensis and as a side note, will not harm pets or plants.
Stop Mosquitoes From Entering The House
Ensure that all window and door screens are installed and secure. If windows and doors do not have mosquito screens, look at installing mosquito nets over beds or the areas used most for sleeping. When buying mosquito nets, look for the type that is impregnated with mosquito repellent, for extra protection.
Make The Environment As Cold And Windy As Possible
Mosquitoes do not like the cold and will die off if the temperature drops below around 50 degrees Fahrenheit (10 degrees Celcius). If possible have air conditioning running to bring down the temperature. Mosquitoes also have ussies flying in wind, it does not even have to be high wind. Fans blowing air over beds or near windows will inhibit mosquitoes from landing and biting.
Apply A Good Mosquito Repellent
It is essential to use a decent mosquito repellent, to reduce the risk of being bitten. Studies have shown that the more effective mosquito repellents contain the following repellent compounds:
These chemical repellents are all deemed safe, by the CDC, even for pregnant women. However, it is advised to administer lower concentrations for young children and babies.
Although these compounds are considered the most effective in combating mosquitoes, there have been cases of mild skin irritation, especially on the face.
Mosquitoes prefer to bite areas of the body where the skin is easier to penetrate, so repellents should be used more around the legs, feet and ankles plus wrists and hands.
When Outside Try To Wear Light Coloured Clothing
Studies appear to show that mosquitoes are drawn to darker colours. The mosquito prefers heat-retaining colours like black and dark blue. Light colours are less likely to retain heat.
Stay Inside During The Mosquitoes More Active Periods
The mosquito is much more active during sundown and sunrise. Although mosquitoes will bite when the chance arises, they normally feed more at dawn and dusk so try to limit being outside during these time unless repellent is used.
Disguise Things That Mosquitoes Love
Although not completely conclusive, studies have shown that certain factors make some people more attractive to the mosquito.
Alcohol appears to attract mosquitoes (this could be because alcohol increases the temperature of a person).
Heavy breathing, mosquitoes seem to be attracted to ommiters of more CO2 (this could also be a heat-related thing).
Thankfully there are plenty of scents that can disguise this, including lemon, vinegar and many perfumes.
Use Organic Natural Mosquito Repellents
If the use of synthetic non-natural mosquito repellents is required, then there are natural alternatives.
- Lemon Eucalyptus Oil.
- Cinnamon Oil.
- Thyme Oil.
- Greek Catnip Oil.
- Soybean Oil.
- Tea Tree Oil.
Please read our article on natural mosquito repellents for more details on the above natural alternatives.