One of the most pervasive and aggressive insects on the planet, mosquitos seem to be everywhere, ranging from the high northern latitudes of Canada and Alaska all the way down to Argentina. Amazingly, mosquitos have been found breeding up to 8000 feet up in the Himalayas and below 2000 feet in mine shafts. A single mosquito can even fly for about 1 to 2 miles in any direction and go up to 1 mile per hour. Many attempts have been made by scientists to get rid of this troubling insect. The military has tried experiments to introduce sterilized mosquitos into the general population so that they would sterilize the other mosquitos as they mated. But for all it’s worth, these insects will probably be around for a lot longer than most humans. Here are some great effective methods to reduce contact with these annoying insects.
What Are Mosquitos Attracted To?
Mosquitos are attracted to a few things, including heat, body odor, carbon dioxide, water, and other living organisms to feed off of. If you are near mosquitos you can try putting your shirt to your mouth and nose to reduce the level of carbon dioxide emitting from you so that they cannot sense it. However, your pores will still emit certain odors and heat that may attract mosquitos. Mosquitos are attracted to carbon dioxide because they have a mechanism that they have developed over many millennia to understand and know that carbon dioxide comes from living organisms. Secondly, mosquitos are attracted to water because it is a place where they can breed and lay their eggs. They breed in water because it is a safe space for their eggs to hatch and mature into adult mosquitos. They specifically prefer stagnant water because it is not going to drown them from waves or ripples. If you are near a body of water, such as a creek, a lake, a stream, a pond, or a stagnant puddle, you should move at least a hundred yards away from it if you plan on camping to avoid mosquitos. And mosquitos are attracted to your body odor also since it is an indicator of a living organism nearby which they can feed off. Shower regularly and put on deodorant, as it will really help to keep them from biting you.
How To Repel Mosquitos At Home
In the home, keep window screens shut. Make sure no stagnant bodies of water are left outside in the backyard. This includes making sure trash cans are tipped over to avoid letting them fill with water. Your pool is also a potential mosquito attractant. Regularly stir your pool or run the pool filter. Otherwise, mosquitos will make your pool area their home. In fact, an even better thing to do would get a pool cover to avoid all the bugs that will be attracted to the water in the first place.
For the deck and outdoor relaxation areas, you can get netting or a screened in pool area. In Florida, most pool homes have an outdoor patio area that is completely netted off to prevent any kind of insects from coming in, and it is very effective. The pool screen would be installed by a contractor or company who offers this kind of protection. Next are some traditional approaches. You could burn mosquito candles that are infused with citronella, but they often have an irritating odor, especially if you or your family members or guests are sitting nearby. Citronella candles also have a very limited lifespan and eventually burn out.
When outdoors and traveling in the wilderness purchase a netted hoodie and full body clothing. Mosquitos will even try and fly up crevices in your shorts and pants to find a way to open skin. A great natural repellent utilizes eucalyptus oil and has a pleasant scent. A bonus is that it may also repel ticks too. This is a great alternative to repellents like DEET because it is more environmentally friendly. You should be able to purchase natural mosquito for personal use at a local store as they now offer them.
Another option is to wear clothing impregnated with repellent, which will retain the repellent for up to 70 washings. The U.S. Army uses this technique for its soldiers and it is very effective for repelling almost all insects.
Dealing With Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bites should be avoided at all cost. Although most are harmless and just a nuisance, some mosquitos transmit live viruses like the West Nile virus, Zika, and other viruses that people may not yet be aware of. Although your likelihood of getting bitten by one of these mosquitos is relatively small, you should avoid their bites as they could end up scarring or causing an allergic reaction. The method to deal with mosquito bites is to apply a cream, bandage, or another preferred method of treatment, they are not generally dangerous and can be left untreated. The main issue with mosquito bites is their itch. Sometimes a topical anti-itch cream offers relief.
Permanently Removing Mosquitos From Your Home Or Area
There are techniques to permanently remove mosquitos from your home or area. Professional pest control companies offer very effective ways to control mosquitos over a large area. These companies use a sprayable product that only takes a few minutes to apply, yet it lasts for a long time. If you’re concerned with mosquito control on your property, it’s definitely worth it to contract with a professional pest control company. The pesticide they use is commercial grade, and it kills the existing mosquito and their eggs, plus repels the mosquitos so that they will not come back for up to months at a time.
Though they are annoying, mosquitos do play a role in the natural world today. Although we work so hard to eliminate them, life without them would be radically different. The best time to enjoy the outdoors without mosquitos is fall through early spring when the ground dries up and mosquitos begin to freeze and remember to enjoy the outdoors. For more help with mosquito control on your property, please contact us today!