City mosquitoes flying into apartments seem small and harmless midges compared to blood-sucking insects that can be found in the wild.
Ticks are far from the most dangerous forest inhabitants. Camping in the summertime can be spoiled by "hordes" of hungry mosquitoes. Experienced fishermen are always carefully prepared for an outing, especially if they are going to spend the night in the forest. In the dark, swarms of insects are activated.
Before deciding to go to the forest for mushrooms, go fishing or just relax by the river, it is important to learn how to get rid of mosquitoes.
If the temperature outside the window is above 18 degrees, be sure that mosquitoes are waiting for you at the edge of the forest or on a quiet bank of the river. Insects are especially active in a humid environment. These areas include forests and river coasts.
When going to a picnic in the forest, you need to choose the right form of clothing. From school, the children heard about the danger lurking us in the shade of tree branches. A tick may fall on your head, and any open area of the body is a tidbit for mosquitoes.
- Forget about tops, sandals, shorts and dresses. All clothing should be covered. T-shirt only with a long sleeve. Bottom - sweatpants or comfortable jeans. On the feet are sneakers. Be sure to wear socks so that no strips of bare skin remain over the shoes. Most insects, including mosquitoes, live in the grass.
- Wear a hat. It will not protect you from mosquito bites, but it will be very useful against ticks.
- The third rule will terrify all mods. Experts advise tucking a trouser leg into a sock. This will protect you from the penetration of various insects under clothing. This is not only about mosquitoes, but also about bugs.
Having protected a large area of the skin with clothing, care must be taken to protect open areas. These include the face and hands. It is difficult to provide reliable protection without chemicals, so most mushroom pickers and fishermen use all kinds of repellents to protect them from mosquito bites, horseflies and other no less “attractive” biting insects.
Externally, the product resembles a hygienic lipstick. It is convenient to apply a pencil with a special composition on the face and hands. Hikers often use pencils. You do not need to halt in order to apply cream to the body. The pencil can be quickly used on the go, in addition, it has a very long duration. Pencil repellents are preferred by fishermen and mushroom pickers. This is due to the fact that they have constantly dirty hands. To apply the cream, your hands must be perfectly clean.
- The pencil has a very pungent smell. The aroma repels insects by a mile and a half in the nose.
- After application, the skin does not dry out for a long time. Dust sticks to it and clothes stick.
- Convenience of application.
- Affordable price for everyone.
Milk with a repelling effect for insects is pleasant to apply to the body. It has a pleasant sweetish aroma, moisturizes and softens the skin. Such a tool is not much different from ordinary cosmetic milk. Many girls prefer it to all other remedies.
- The tool is valid for no more than 1.5 hours. It must be applied to the body every 90 minutes. Because of this, the jar will quickly run out.
- Milk can be used for anti-mosquito protection on the street in the city or in the country. In emergency conditions (on a picnic in the forest or fishing), the milk will be ineffective. After getting used to the aroma, mosquitoes rush to the attack.
- Pleasant aroma.
- Lightness when applied to the skin.
The biggest advantage of an aerosol over all other means is the ability to apply not only to open areas of the body, but also to clothing. Mosquitoes are attracted by heat and the smell of sweat. They don’t have to “bite through” the thin fabric of a T-shirt on the way to their favorite “treat”. Experts advise to protect the face from spraying funds. It is better to apply cream or milk on the face.
- The aerosol contains many chemicals (more than any other repellent). Because of this, the product can not be applied to the face, used to protect children and pregnant women.
- Thrift. One bottle is enough to protect the whole family throughout the summer.
- Effectiveness. During the first 60 minutes after application, mosquitoes do not fly closer to a person closer than 1 m. Aerosols can even save from "wild" mosquitoes found in nature.
- Possibility of processing clothes.
To protect the child from insects, I want to choose the safest tool. A couple of years ago, special protective cosmetics for children were very popular. However, recently an interesting novelty appeared on the shelves of supermarkets - mosquito repellent bracelets.
This non-toxic product effectively fights mosquito attacks. The bracelet is saturated with natural essential oils (lavender, citronella, etc.). After printing the package comes a sharp “killer” aroma, which disappears after the first walk. The bracelet can be worn on the child in the evening while playing in the yard. The manufacturer guarantees protection against insects for 180 hours.
Protection against mosquitoes while relaxing in the country
During evening gatherings in the gazebo or relaxing in a hammock, mosquitoes will not leave you alone. They will try to inflict several “wounds” on all accessible areas of the body. Worst of all, if the insect has time to bite you by the face. A red spot and severe intolerable itching are guaranteed. And worst of all - a combed trace from a mosquito bite. A deep scar may remain in its place.
To create a “protective field” around the gazebo, you can use the means at hand. In almost every country house, spicy grass grows. Mosquitoes are scared away by pungent odors, so you can use basil, lemon balm and peppermint branches to combat them. Pleasant odors for humans repel insects. Several branches need to be laid out around the perimeter of the recreation area. First you need to “mash” the leaves so that they begin to exude aroma. More details about the fight against mosquitoes in a summer cottage can be found here.
The pleasant aromas of creams and lotions seem attractive to mosquitoes. Some ladies believe that the abundant application of toilet water on the body “disguises” the natural smell of the body, which will make them invisible to mosquitoes. However, insects perfectly distinguish all odors. If your toilet water has a hidden note of musk (and this is a very popular ingredient in the manufacture of perfumes), you will become the main bait for mosquitoes throughout the evening.
The delicate aroma of vanilla, which is present in most perfumes, mosquitoes did not like. Apply vanilla milk to your body or spray eau de toilette. This will help you drive away “hungry bloodsuckers” from you.
General tips for mosquito repellent
- If you live in the habitat of many mosquitoes, you should wear sleeved clothing that covers most of the bare skin.
- Try to wear light colored clothes, as dark colors attract mosquitoes.
- Do not use aromatic cosmetics, strongly smelling shampoos and deodorants, mosquitoes flock to the smell more actively.
- Apply special repellent creams or ointments for mosquitoes to your skin. Repeat the procedure every few hours.
- Do not allow the formation of swamps in the area of your home, get rid of any water stagnation, as they are nurseries for mosquitoes.
- If there is no way to get rid of the marshland, try to stay away from it in the early evening hours when mosquitoes are most active.
- Change water often for your animals or birds, do not let it become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Mosquitoes are especially active in the early evening, morning and night, so it is advisable to use mosquito nets on the windows or above the bed.
These are the main preventive measures against mosquitoes, safe and affordable. But how to eliminate these unpleasant insects? Here are some effective ways.
Using a hot surface
2. Any hot surface will work, for example, a diffuser or aroma lamp or a special fumigator device, in which instead of a chemical plate, a camphor tablet can be placed. When heated, camphor evaporates, which saves the surrounding area from mosquitoes. Doors and windows should be closed for 15-30 minutes. Open after this time.
Important: keep camphor tablets away from children and animals. If swallowed, poisoning may occur.
How to make a mosquito trap at home
Absolutely not difficult and without any special costs, it is possible to make a trap for mosquitoes safe in the room using sweet water and yeast, the lousy smell of which attracts insects. Water is poured into a bottle with a narrow hole, through which it is easy to get to the source of the smell, but it is difficult to get out.
- 2 liter plastic bottle
- 1-2 cups of water
- 1-2 tsp yeast
- ¼ cup sugar
- Scissors / knife
Using a knife or scissors, cut the bottle across into 2 parts so that the lower part becomes ¾ of the bottle and the upper ¼. Put sugar inside the bottom of the bottle and pour water. Then add to the sweet mixture the yeast that releases carbon dioxide, attracting mosquitoes.
The upper part of the bottle should be placed in the lower one, with the neck inside and fixed with tape. Put the bottle away from people, mosquitoes will attract CO2 from the yeast, they will fall into the bottle, but they will not be able to get out of sugary water.
How to get rid of mosquitoes using home repellents
Not everyone is loyal to purchased repellents due to their chemical harmful constituents. But you can make a repellent at home and be firmly confident in its naturalness.
- Essential oil of your choice (cinnamon, lemon, eucalyptus, citronella) - 15-25 drops
- Oil of your choice (olive, sunflower, grape, almond) - 2-3 tbsp.
- Spray bottle.
Mix the oils and place in the bottle. Spray on skin or clothing.
Scented Mosquito Sprays
If you like the smells of aromatic oils, you can use them from mosquitoes.
- Eucalyptus oil - 10 drops
- Cedar - 10 drops
- Tea tree oil - 5 drops
- Geranium Oil - 5 drops
- Jojoba - 2 tbsp.
Mix the oils and rub the skin. This composition includes precisely those oils that mosquitoes dislike.
Important: make sure that you are not allergic to these oils by making a test test on a small area of the skin. Keep oils away from eyes, children, and pets.
Get rid of mosquitoes with dry ice
Mosquitoes are easy enough to track a person, they are attracted to carbon dioxide released during exhalation. But dry ice, in fact, is a solid form of carbon dioxide. Based on this, using ice as bait, which is environmentally friendly and cheap, you can create a trap for mosquitoes.
- Dry ice - 2.25 kg block
- Mosquito trap
- Cloth bag
- The rope.
Using a rope, hang a trap 1-2 meters from the ground. Place a block of dry ice in a cloth bag and hang next to the trap. As soon as mosquitoes attracted by dry ice fly in, the trap will do its job.
Important: this method is not used indoors, in a car, but only in the yard, in the country, in the garden. Dry ice emits a lot of carbon dioxide, enough to suffocate in a closed room. Do not put dry ice in an airtight container, as it may explode.
Keep the substance away from children and animals.
Coffee as a way to get rid of mosquitoes on the site
Many studies over the past few years have established the effectiveness of coffee in the destruction of mosquitoes. Coffee inhibits the growth of larvae and prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs, thus eliminating the mosquito population. This is especially true for summer cottages or dwellings near water bodies, where these insects are especially numerous.
- Sprinkle stagnant water around your home with coffee grounds.
- Dissolve coffee in a very small amount of water and arrange the bowls in the house.
Mosquitoes will feed on this fragrant liquid and will not be able to lay eggs.
You can get rid of mosquitoes with folk remedies, if you know all the "tastes" of insects. Mosquitoes hate the scent of garlic. To become unattractive to insects, it is not necessary to chew whole cloves. It is enough to cut a clove in half and draw along the incised surface with a knife to make as much juice as possible. Rub garlic pulsating points on the wrists, behind the ears and on the neck. For people, the aroma will be invisible, but mosquitoes teach it from afar. Thus, you can relax in the air in the evening or at night, and the insects will not touch you.
There are a number of flavors that are unbearable for mosquitoes. These include essential oils:
- peppermint bologna
- lemon balm,
- tea tree.
Tea tree oil should be highlighted. In addition to repelling insects, oil is used to treat bites. If you need to remove puffiness and get rid of redness, apply tea tree oil to the bite. In a few minutes you will notice instant improvement.
All the above drugs and folk remedies are personal protective equipment against insects. If you want to protect a large company sitting in the gazebo on the street, you can use special spirals. The use of plates and a fumigator is not effective outdoors.
Spirals made of pressed wood dust. It is impregnated with a special liquid, which, when evaporated, releases a substance dangerous to insects. The tip of the spiral product must be ignited, and after it flares up, blow out. The smoldering process must take place. Recent research by scientists has shown that fumes are dangerous not only for insects, but also for humans. If you “breathe” with the fumes of a spiral, you may experience dizziness, nausea, and severe weakness.
The safest invention is an electric mosquito trap. Insects flock to an attractive ultraviolet lamp, but on the way they stumble on a grid with a supplied electric current. The category kills mosquitoes, moths, flies and many other "nocturnal" insects. This device is safe for humans, since no carcinogens are released into the air (as with spiral decay). The trap will not help to permanently remove mosquitoes from the summer cottage, but it will significantly reduce their number in the gazebo.
Fighting mosquitoes is an integral part of any evening walk in the summer. Especially a lot of insects in areas near rivers. A competent choice of protective equipment will protect you and your family from mosquito “attack”.
1. Mosquito candles
These candles usually contain citronella oil (citronella) or geraniol. Citranella oil is extracted from lemongrass, and geraniol from geranium oil. Their use as repellents has been studied for many years.
Citronella oil has been used as a repellent for over 50 years and has proven to be quite effective. Many studies have shown that geraniol can also be an effective repellent.
Mosquito candles are designed for 36 hour burning. Researchers in North Dakota add that in the open, candles are ineffective, and this is logical, because on the street the smells that the candle emits just blows away, especially if you are in relation to the candle against the wind.
New candles are now called Conceal Candles, which contain a substance approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It effectively deprives mosquitoes of smell, because of which they will not be able to find you. However, they still need a lot of them to protect themselves from bloodsuckers on the street, and in Russia, unfortunately, they are not yet sold. In addition, mosquito candles do not kill, but only scare away blood-sucking insects, so it will be more efficient to use additional methods to get rid of mosquitoes.
2. Electric traps
Electric traps exist for more than 10 years. Popular Mechanics magazine published the design of the first “electric death for insects” in 1911, but the patent for the trap appeared only in 1934. Modern electric traps work by luring unwanted insects using a fluorescent lamp surrounded by a wire mesh that is energized.
When an insect flies into the light, it somehow touches the wire, which is energized. As a result, the insect dies or even completely burns out.
However, it is not clear whether such a mosquito trap attracts. One study at the University of Notre Dame showed that only 5% of insects killed by a trap are mosquitoes, while the electric trap did not show a special effect on the number of mosquitoes in the area. Based on this, it is clear that for the fight against mosquitoes it is better to choose a different path.
One of the most effective methods to avoid mosquito bites is to use quality repellents. One of the best known of these is diethyltoluamide or DETA.
ДЭТА – это, наверное, самое изученное вещество из тех, что используются для предотвращения укусов комаров. На рынке доступны спреи и кремы с содержанием ДЭТА от 5 до 100%. Чем выше концентрация, тем дольше эффект.
Однако применять репелленты с ДЭТА нужно осторожно. Следует покрыть все открытые участки кожи, избегая области вокруг глаз и слизистых оболочек. Studies by U.S. National Institutes of Health have shown that ingestion of a small amount of DETA can lead to nausea and vomiting, and if a larger amount is swallowed, it can lead to a decrease in pressure and heart rate. Moreover, large amounts of DETA lead to neurological problems, including epileptic seizures, coma and, ultimately, death. Therefore, for young children, such repellents are not the best choice, since they regularly stick their hands in their mouths and can be poisoned. There are also studies that report that babies can develop epileptic seizures simply because DETA is constantly on the skin.
Some spray repellents can protect an entire area from mosquitoes for a limited time. Some of them also contain DEET, while others contain other substances. The standard coverage area of such repellents is 25 m 2, that is, a plot of approximately 5x5 m.
If you are camping, and your movements are limited by your camp, then this mercy is quite enough for you. But if you need to protect a large area, you will need more spray or more devices that will spray it, and you will need to remember how long the repellent can remain active.
4. Mosquito nets
Nets are a cheap barrier between you and mosquitoes. But they can’t be placed everywhere. They can effectively protect you when you sleep in bed, but this is clearly not a universal solution to the problem with mosquitoes. Moreover, every time you enter the zone with the net and exit it, you increase the risk of mosquito invasion. It is nice to think that the network will not miss a single bloodsucker, but in reality few people have enough patience not to go beyond the mosquito net, in fact you become a prisoner who wants to escape from there.
In addition, the mosquito net is easy to damage, rather large holes for mosquitoes can form in it. In general, the network can reduce the number of bites, but not reduce the likelihood that you will find yourself in a mosquito menu.
5. Mosquito Magnet mosquito exterminator traps
A good alternative that solves many problems is mosquito exterminator mosquito traps from Mosquito Magnet. This is one of the best long-term scientifically proven solutions that safely and effectively controls the number of mosquitoes. Eighteen years of research and patents have made this mosquito killing option revolutionary.
Traps run on propane. They convert it to carbon dioxide (CO2), then moisturize it and heat it to a certain temperature and let it out to simulate human exhaled air, which attracts mosquitoes to the trap.
An additional attractant attracts mosquitoes directly to the trap tube. For Russia, Octenol and R-Octenol lures are best suited. As soon as the mosquito is near the tube, it is immediately sucked in by a vacuum pump, which is located next to the nozzle. This technology is called CounterFlow. Mosquitoes cannot get out of the trap, and as a result die from drying out within 24 hours.
One of the main advantages of Mosquito Magnet is its coverage area. Traps attract mosquitoes from an area of 40 acres! And they cleanse them of mosquitoes (destroy up to 90% of the population) from an area of 6 to 14 acres * depending on the model. And some Mosquito Magnet trap models have modes that help save propane and keep track of its amount.
Mosquito exterminator traps must be placed between mosquito breeding sites and humans. Ideally, if the trap is against the wind in relation to mosquitoes, as bloodsuckers in search of food set off against the wind in order to plan backwind after a meal. Do not place the exterminator close to people, as mosquitoes are unlikely to fly into a trap then. You also need to install it standing in an open area so that the nozzle of the exterminator is not blocked by grass. And finally, the mosquito exterminator needs to be installed in the shade, as mosquitoes avoid direct sunlight, so the maximum number of mosquitoes will be caught in the shade.
Choose the best mosquito control method
There are many methods that help kill mosquitoes and prevent transmission of vector-borne diseases. They include:
- Repellent Candles
- Electric traps
- Repellent Sprays & Creams
- Mosquito nets
- Mosquito exterminator traps
Electric traps work well against flies and other annoying insects, but in general they are ineffective against mosquitoes. Repellent candles are better in this regard, but they protect only a small area.
Mosquito nets are reliable, but they not only protect you from mosquitoes, but also do not allow you to go out and enjoy outdoor activities.
Repellent sprays are effective, but only for a limited time and in a small area. DETA creams are somewhat better, the duration of protection can be increased by the concentration of repellent in the cream, which is applied to the skin. However, creams have their drawbacks. It is necessary to cover all exposed parts of the body, but in no case should the cream be allowed to get into the eyes, mucous membranes or swallow it. DETA poisoning is manifested by nausea, vomiting, and can lead to epileptic seizures, neurological disorders, and even death. When using DETA, use a minimum concentration.
Durable Solution: Mosquito Magnet
Mosquito Magnet traps are a good alternative to other methods to protect large open spaces. Exterminators emit carbon dioxide of a certain humidity and temperature. This attracts mosquitoes, then sucks in a trap, and in the end they die.
Mosquito Magnet mosquito destroyers use propane, a cheap and common gas. Every three weeks you need to refill the balloon, clean the insect net and change the attractant. More importantly, Mosquito Magnet traps do not destroy single mosquitoes, but entire populations, they interrupt insect breeding cycles.
For the first time in a season, it is important to set traps before mosquitoes breed. Mosquito eggs begin to hatch if the ambient temperature remains above + 10 ° C at night. Which means, the closer you are to the south, the earlier you need to start a trap.
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Mosquito Prevention: What You Need To Know?
Mosquitoes are terribly unpleasant, but more importantly, they can also be deadly. The Smithsonian Institute magazine reports that vector-borne diseases kill 725,000 people each year, making mosquitoes the most dangerous insects on the planet. And on farms, mosquitoes can harm livestock and other animals.
When there are few mosquitoes, this is unpleasant and only, however, when a whole mosquito invasion takes place, it not only obscures the rest on the street, but also puts the risk of getting many bites and getting infected with dangerous vector-borne diseases. Prevention of mosquito invasion is a key factor in the prevention of diseases transmitted by mosquitoes.
An invasion of mosquitoes can easily happen where they live. Mosquitoes breed very quickly. The female lays from 100 to 300 eggs at a time and from 1000 to 3000 for her whole life (which lasts up to 100 days). A mosquito hatches from an egg and turns into an adult in less than a week.
Most individuals will remain in the region of two kilometers from the place of birth, although some can fly very far away. Which means that if only two mosquitoes lay eggs in your yard, about 600 adults may appear from them. If at least half of them turn out to be females, then 300 mosquitoes will lay from 30,000 to 90,000 a week!
What is mosquito invasion?
An invasion of mosquitoes occurs when their number suddenly increases so much that the number of bites becomes unbearable, to the point that they can harm even livestock on farms. If such an invasion occurs in your area, you will immediately understand it. If you constantly itch, and it is simply impossible to go outside because of mosquitoes, it is quite possible that it has begun. If you live on a farm, then during the invasion you will notice that the animals began to suffer especially severely from bites or began to get sick with special diseases that mosquitoes carry.
Why do mosquitoes invade?
In most cases, invasions occur during warm weather after heavy rains or floods. First, the larvae and eggs are laid by water, but as soon as the water stops and / or dries out, mosquitoes simply have paradise conditions for reproduction. When so many insects are born, their natural opponents do not have time to thin out their ranks, which leads to the invasion.
Do I have a risk?
Invasions happen where mosquitoes live, but the likelihood of their formation varies depending on climatic conditions. In humid hot climates, the probability of mosquito invasion is much higher, since such conditions especially attract mosquitoes. Areas with a large number of bushes, grass and trees (including parks) are also at risk, especially where there are ponds or rains. Coastal areas are extremely rarely prone to invasion, as mosquitoes are not friendly with windy weather.
In Russia, as in the United States, more than 100 species of mosquitoes live. Under suitable conditions, representatives of any of them can arrange an invasion. And many of them can carry various diseases.
Mosquito invasion is not just a nuisance, it is also a possible serious health hazard. A large number of mosquitoes are more likely to infect the diseases they carry, including West Nile virus and malaria. When invaded, it is almost impossible to avoid mosquito bites, and they can also lead to disasters. For example, in 1982, an invasion led to the spread of encephalitis in the southern United States. Then two people died, thousands of birds and dozens of horses.
1) Take a closer look at insects in your yard.
Many insects can look like mosquitoes. Before using mosquito kills, make sure that you have mosquitoes in your yard, not other insects. Take a closer look: the mosquito has a long thin body with wings proportionate to it. Also, in flight they emit a clearly distinguishable squeak.
2) Take a look at your site
Mosquitoes are attracted by shady places and moist leaves. If your garden is overgrown, then the likelihood of mosquitoes is much higher. If there are many trees in your yard or wet marshland, mosquitoes will attract you like a magnet. The same applies to cases when you often water your garden, leaving the plants moist and attractive to insects.
To get rid of bloodsuckers, pouring the entire yard into concrete is not necessary, just cut the bushes and regularly mow the lawn. It is also advisable to plant smaller bushes and tall plants. If you have a large lawn, remove the cut grass after mowing it so as not to attract insects.
Watering is another danger. If you water your plants too much or if you have a sprinkler installed, puddles or too humid environments can form, which is especially attractive for mosquitoes. Water your plantings only with a hose and under the roots of plants. Do not pour too much water and water carefully so that excess water does not collect in puddles.
3) Ruthlessly destroy stagnant water on your territory.
Stagnant water is the number one enemy, especially when it comes to mosquito invasion, as mosquitoes usually lay their eggs there. A pond or a large puddle - these are ideal conditions for the production of thousands of mosquitoes and even more, and this will happen in just three to seven days. The invasion does not require much time, especially in hot and humid weather:
- Ponds - If you want to have a pond in the area, install a water movement system.
- Garbage - Even bottles or pieces of plastic can collect rainwater on themselves and may well be a great place to lay mosquito eggs. Keep your area clean.
- Garden decorations - Any garden decorations that have flat areas or indentations can collect water on themselves. Make sure that water does not accumulate on the decorations in your garden.
- Buckets - Keep the buckets upside down so that moisture does not collect in them.
- Covers “A cover for a car, grill, or something like that, can also collect water.” In order to avoid this, it is worth keeping these things in the garage or in the sun, so that the water evaporates, or you can shake the covers every few days.
- Bird drinkers - Try to use drinking bowls with flowing water (for example, fountains) or regularly change the water in drinking bowls, otherwise hundreds of mosquitoes can be born in them annually.
- Broken Fountains - Any stagnant water can attract mosquitoes, so flush your fountain more often or run it to work.
- Outdoor shells - Try to prevent street cranes from leaking.
- Gutters - Clean the gutters regularly, otherwise they may form stagnant water.
- Leaking pipes - Repair leaking pipes in a timely manner to prevent the formation of puddles.
- Old tires - Store old tires in the garage or cover them with tarpaulin and shake it regularly. If old tires are not used for driving, drill holes in them so that water can flow out through them.
- Barrels for rainwater - Close rain barrels tightly so mosquitoes cannot settle in them.
- Bowls for animals - Water in bowls needs to be changed regularly. Instead, you can install a fountain for animals so that the water does not stagnate.
- Stumps and fallen trees - Fallen trees, hollows and stumps sooner or later begin to get wet and rot. They can be a great place to breed mosquitoes. To prevent water from collecting, you can drill holes in hollows or stumps so that water does not accumulate in them. You can also simply remove old stumps and fallen trees so that they do not attract mosquitoes, termites and other pests.
- Puddles - Fill up holes and potholes in the area to prevent the formation of puddles.
If creatures resembling wriggling worms appear in the still water near your home, they may be mosquito larvae. In just a few days, they will turn into mosquitoes, so act immediately.
If there is a natural pond near the house or stagnant water that cannot be removed, you can add lavricide with the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (or BTI). This will kill mosquito larvae. Before using lavricide, it is better to consult a specialist. And remember that you will have to add lavricide regularly, this is a long and expensive process.
4) Make sure that the mosquito invasion does not come from the surrounding territories.
You may be able to destroy all the stagnant water in your area, but what if your neighbors have a huge, unclosed container of water right under the gutter? Or what if there is a huge park near you? Even if you take all preventive measures, ideal conditions for insects may arise in neighboring territories.
Try to talk with your neighbors, even if they learn about the dangers that stagnant water is fraught with. If the year has turned out to be too rich for mosquitoes, you can attract utilities or discuss this problem at a meeting of neighbors. It is best to get rid of mosquitoes all together.
If you live near a park with ponds or other still water, you can contact the city office about this problem.
In the end, it may turn out that one of your neighbors or the city government does not want to solve the problem. In this case, mosquito traps will be your salvation. Mosquito Magnet shredders emit a constant stream of carbon dioxide, moisture, heat and bait. When mosquitoes fly closer, it is sucked into the internal net, and there they dry up and die. Even if you did not manage to destroy the mosquito breeding sites, you will still significantly reduce the number of bloodsuckers at your home.
5) Try natural mosquito control means.
There are several options to make your yard less attractive to mosquitoes:
- Plant mosquito repellent plants such as citronella or calendula. They will not help from the invasion, but will give good results when used together with other mosquito repellents.
- Make sure that your site is windy and sunny - create conditions that mosquitoes simply hate, this will help reduce the number of mosquitoes during the day.
- Light your yard with yellow incandescent lights or fluorescent lights - they lure mosquitoes less.
- Create favorable conditions for predators - some dragonflies, frogs, bats and birds eat mosquitoes. You can arrange bird feeders and bats in the area to attract them to your yard. But they, nevertheless, will not save from the invasion. In addition, experts say that birds and bats have a varied diet, and they may not eat mosquitoes at all if the bloodsucker population is small or there are other food sources nearby. Стрекозы и лягушки обычно живут у стоячей воды, так что вам не удастся их привлечь без создания привлекательных для комаров условий.
6) Проведите меры по предотвращению укусов комаров.
Комары как таковые – это не проблема, опасны их укусы. Если этих насекомых на участке много, во избежание их укусов воспользуйтесь следующими советами:
- Используйте ночью москитные сетки
- Убедитесь, что в них нет повреждений
- Установите москитные сетки на окна и двери
- Выходя на улицу, надевайте одежду с длинным рукавом и пользуйтесь репеллентами
- Use air conditioning indoors to keep the air moving and cool
- Avoid staying outdoors at sunrise or sunset when most mosquitoes are active
It is especially important to follow these tips during an invasion or when mosquito-borne diseases appear in your area. Do not forget that there are a lot of mosquitoes during the invasion, so the likelihood of a bite is much higher, so you should use mosquito kills.
7) Set traps.
One of the effective options for killing mosquitoes is the Mosquito Magnet mosquito trap. Even if you remove all stagnant water on the site and take all measures to prevent mosquito bites, bloodsuckers can still fly from neighboring territories. Mosquito exterminator traps are a long-term solution that can significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes on a site, especially if your yard is surrounded by a high impenetrable fence.
Mosquito Magnet traps immediately after launch immediately begin to kill mosquitoes and can interrupt their breeding cycles for several weeks. They are based on scientifically proven technology, its operation is very simple: a trap turns propane into carbon dioxide (CO2), and then releases an even stream of CO2 of a certain temperature with an exact moisture and attractant content. This draws mosquitoes into a trap (and away from you), and then sucks them into the exterminator, where the mosquitoes dry and die within 24 hours.
Mosquito Magnet traps kill a significant number of female mosquitoes, which means that the number of mosquitoes will not increase, but decrease, because these females will no longer be able to lay new eggs. Their work is similar to that of predators, but the traps are much more efficient.
Female mosquito bites cause allergies
Female mosquitoes bite us for our blood, the latter they need as food, but not for themselves, but for eggs. Females have a proboscis, similar to the thinnest needle of a syringe, with which they pierce the skin and inject their saliva there. Mosquito saliva contains protein, which prevents your blood from clotting to get a good dinner. The anticoagulant protein is allergic and causes swelling, redness and itching at the site of the bite. The intensity of itching and discomfort varies from person to person, but some bites may not bother at all.
Male mosquitoes do not bite anyone. They feed on plant sap, nectar and more.
Mild allergy to mosquito bites
Most people have redness and itching at the site of the mosquito bite. For some, this reaction only occurs after a few bites, but others may begin to itch right away.
Mild reactions to mosquito bites may include the following:
A minute after a bite, a small white tumor may appear
Then the area surrounding the bite may swell
Itching at the bite site for the next couple of days
Such reactions can be cured at home. Usually bites stop itching on their own, but you can use special ointments and lotions.