There is nothing more annoying than the buzzing of a mosquito flying around you just waiting for the opportunity to land and score a blood meal. In many parts of the world mosquitoes are not just a nuisance they are a health threat carrying diseases like the West Nile Virus. Don’t let the fear of those nasty mosquito bites keep you from enjoying the outdoors! Continue reading to learn how to rid yourself of annoying mosquitoes.
Kill Mosquito Larvae and Prevent Breeding
Begin your attack on Mosquitoes right where they all begin, the breeding grounds. It is said that mosquitoes can breed in as little as 2 tablespoons of water and it only takes mosquito larvae 4-7 days to mature into blood sucking adults. Female mosquitoes can produce 100-300 eggs at a time and anywhere from 1,000-3,000 in a lifetime. It is so much easier to eliminate larger numbers of mosquito larvae than it is to try once they have become adults.
Take a walk around your property and eliminate or treat all standing water sources. Any area where water is able to pool and lay stagnate for days is the ideal breeding source for mosquitoes. All water sources that are not removable like ponds, water fountains, low areas in your yard, and other water features should be treated to kill off any larvae that have been laid. Make sure that your gutters are clean and empty, empty water from swimming pools that are not in use, change bird bath water at least once a week if not every 4 days or so, Flip wheel barrows and empty flower pots upside down, remove any old tires or unused containers, fold up tarps and put them away, empty watering cans completely, and make sure pet water is fresh each day.
Lure Mosquitoes Away
Keep mosquitoes away from your home with placement of a mosquito trap. Mosquito Traps are designed to lure adult biting mosquitoes into the trap where they are going to dehydrate and die. The most effective traps use a combination of CO2 and various attractants to trick the mosquitoes into thinking that the machine is a living host. Mosquito Traps start working right away and within 4 weeks you should see a considerable difference in the number of mosquitoes in the area. Each trap has its own unique approach at attracting, trapping, and killing mosquitoes. So do your homework and pick the best mosquito trap for you and your property.
Kill Active Mosquitoes
Now it is time to kill the active mosquitoes that are left in your outdoor living area. Mosquito misting systems offer long-lasting protection against mosquitoes using a variety of concentrates as mists that repel and kill mosquitoes on contact. The AllClear Mosquito Misting System has become a popular system among homeowners and also commercial resort owners because of its subtle, sleek, and low maintenance design and it is easily portable with a telescoping handle and easy rolling wheels. This system will cover an outdoor area up to 2,000 square feet, reducing the mosquito population by up to 90%.
The last step is to keep the little stragglers that were able to get through the first 3 steps from biting you with personal mosquito repellents. There are so many things that naturally attract mosquitoes to humans as a blood host. Dark clothing, sweat, and the smell of our breath are just a few elements that attract mosquitoes to us. You can take measures to eliminate elements that may attract mosquitoes but you are never going to eliminate them all so use of a personal repellent is important. There are so many different types of personal repellents to choose from. Choosing the right repellent depends so much on the activity level and personal preference. You can choose to use a spray repellent or, there are even some that use all natural ingredients, but you are going to smell of bug spray. There are handheld and clip on units that do not give you or your clothes an odor. The ThermaCELL Personal Repellent Appliance even has an earth scent for use while out hunting. If you do not want to have something attached to you there are tabletop or lantern models that are just as effective for repelling the mosquitoes and guests can enjoy the benefits as well with these.
It is time to fight back and solve the mosquito problem in your backyard! Do not stop enjoying outdoor activities because of mosquitoes instead implicate these 4 easy steps and take control back of your outdoor space. Continue to enjoy your outdoor living space with friends and family for the whole season.