How to Get Rid of Mosquitos
Not only are mosquitos some of the most obnoxious flying pests in the world, they are also among the most dangerous. Mosquitos are some of the most deadly carriers of diseases in the world, largely due to the face that they are blood feeders. Essentially, this makes them little cross contamination fairies between different human prey. While the vast majority of mosquitos live and die in the same area and are relatively harmless – apart from the incredibly irritating and itchy bites – the few that aren’t are still worth worrying about. Which is why a mosquito infestation near your home is something you should take care of ASAP.
Now, what exactly qualifies as an infestation? Mosquitos are some of the most common flying insects and are found all over the united states and are active all year round. However, if you have more than one nesting colony near your home, it is safe to say you officially have it bad. Luckily, there are ways to keep them at bay.
First, begin by eliminating their breeding sites. Mosquitos are drawn to tropical climates for their abundance of moisture, but only require a tiny trickle of water to reproduce. Some of them make do with a puddle of standing water, while others use moist soil and rely on incoming flood water to get the job done. The optimal breeding environment is water that contains plenty of organic material – which is why rivers, lakes, and swamps are usually thick with them. If you’re seeing a higher than average number of them near your home, start by removing all areas of standing water. Gutters, flower pots, potholes, anywhere where water collects can serve as the nesting site.
Once fully grown, adult mosquitos spend most of their time hiding out in vegetation like tall grass or shrubbery. To get rid of them, spray them down with insecticides. There are plenty of safe insecticides available, and even some organic plant-based ones for the chemical conscious people out there. Foggers and misters are other tools you can employ that will distribute higher concentrations of certain insecticides. These are usually brought in for bigger jobs and covering larger areas of land. Have an entire neighborhood infestation? Time for the foggers and misters.
Other things to aid your attempts to eliminate the pesky beasts from your personal spaces are repellents. While spraying them on your skin is good for bodily protection, advancements in repellents have come up with several effective treatments for your yards too. They mask the scent of humans and confuse them into thinking there isn’t a food source present. Most of them last for only a couple of days, but they are especially effective at clearing the area for outdoor gatherings and making your backyard a human-friendly place to hang out.
Even if you don’t have a full-blown infestation but just want to ensure a mosquito-free environment for you and your family – these are good methods to live by. Especially in places that are near bodies of water.