Sometimes it is almost impossible to prevent mosquito bites when outside, especially in areas where mosquitoes are prolific. However, there are steps that can be taken to prevent mosquito bites while at home.
In this article, I will explore some common-sense tactics that can be taken to minimize the risk of mosquito bites.
Remove Mosquito Breeding Habitats
The first step that can easily be implemented is to remove all the obvious mosquito breeding habitats from around the home. Doing this will reduce the volume of potential biting mosquitoes.
Female mosquitoes will utilize the tiniest amount of water to lay their eggs, so search around the house and garden for any sites. This could include garden pots that have small amounts of water in them, bin lids, blocked drains or gutters. Ensure that any water is emptied from these areas and items that could collect water are turned upside down eliminating this.
For larger areas of water around the home and garden like ponds or water features, if you are unable to empty them an easy solution are mosquito dunks. Mosquito dunks are products that dissolve in water and stop the mosquito larvae from hatching.
Utilize Mosquito Repelling Flowers & Plants
It is well known that some flowers and plants repel mosquitoes naturally, the mosquitoes hate them. So having these plants or flowers around the house and garden will have a massive effect on mosquito numbers.
The following 10 plants have shown to repel mosquitoes:
- Citronella Grass
- Floss Flower
A fact to consider is that most of these plants have their own very distinct, strong smell that mosquitoes do not like.
Mosquito Screens And Nets
For extra mosquito control, around the house, mosquito screens or nets are a must.
Luckily, mosquito nets are an inexpensive way of mosquito proofing your home. Ensure that each window has a mosquito net and that each door has a mosquito screen.
Nowadays there are also many mosquito deterring products designed for use on a patio or porch like mosquito curtains and clear vinyl enclosures.
Indoor Mosquito Repellents
There are a massive amount of indoor mosquito repellents available, ranging from electronic mosquito traps to natural oils and substances that fall into the category of natural indoor mosquito repellents.
Indoor Mosquito Zappers
Although mosquito zappers or mosquito traps are predominantly designed for outside use, there are mosquito zappers intended for indoor use.
Create A Mosquito Repelling Environment
Mosquitoes do not like the cold and find it very difficult to fly in the wind, you may have noticed that the mosquitoes seem to disappear on a windy day and actually die off in colder temperatures.
Making bedrooms a cool environment, with air conditioning, will deter the mosquitoes from entering those rooms.
Also, having a fan blowing air over you whilst sleeping will hinder any mosquitoes from landing on you and biting.