Insider Report: How to Eliminate Mosquitos for Less
by Mark A. Watts
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According to the CDC, 29 states in the U.S. have now had at least one confirmed case of travel-related Zika Virus infection.
On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared the Zika Virus a "public health emergency of international concern" due to the clusters of neurological disorders in some areas affected by Zika.
Since Zika is transmitted largely by mosquitoes, one of the things you can do to keep yourself and your family safe from this devastating virus is to control the mosquito population where you live.
Thankfully, there are several inexpensive ways to keep mosquitoes at bay in your yard and around areas where you spend much time outdoors. Today we'll share five ways you can eliminate mosquitoes for less.
Remove or Properly Maintain Standing Water in Your Yard
Standing water is a mosquito's most welcome invitation. The pesky bugs use standing water as a comfortable breeding ground to increase their unwelcome population.
In order to eliminate these uninvited guests from your yard, remove all unnecessary standing water pots and bowls from your yard.
If you have bird baths or other functional standing water containers, be sure to change the water often in order to rid the water of mosquito eggs.
Maintain Your Lawn Well
Leaves and other organic lawn materials, old tires, and other clutter can be holding tanks for standing water that attract mosquitoes. Be sure to keep a well-manicured lawn, keeping your yard free of clutter and organic debris like leaves and grass clipping piles that can retain water.
By doing so, you eliminate natural habitats with which mosquitoes use to breed.
Use Citronella Products
Citronella candles strategically placed around your yard, especially where people like to gather, do a fine job of keeping mosquitoes at bay.
Citronella is an essential oil that works to repel mosquitoes by masking the scents around it that are attractive to mosquitoes, such as carbon dioxide in humans.
Studies have shown that citronella can reduce mosquito landings by as much as 42%, making this essential oil an effective outdoor mosquito repellant.
Use Soapy Water
A dish of soapy water (preferably lemon scented) or even a few drops of dish soap placed on a paper plate will keep mosquitoes quite occupied and away from you and your outdoor guests.
The lemony smell will keep them busy for hours while you and your guests enjoy your outdoor gathering.
Adorn Your Yard with Mosquito Repelling Plants
Some plants have the ability to either repel or distract mosquitoes from pursuing their real target, namely you.
The strong scent of chives or garlic sends mosquitoes running the other way, so if you aren't too put off by the smell, you can place chive plants or garlic plants in pots around gathering areas.
Strongly-scented plants such as lavender or lemon-scented geraniums draw mosquitoes in and keep them away from the humans in the area. Again, strategic placement of these types of plants in the area should help to keep mosquitoes at bay and away from people.
A TDS reader favorite natural mosquito product: Mosquito Barrier 2001 Liquid Spray Repellent
Use Mosquito Netting
Mosquito netting is fairly inexpensive and highly effective at keeping mosquitos out of small areas. If you are gathering in an open gazebo or canopy, consider fastening mosquito netting around the piece in order to keep bugs out without ruining the outdoor view.
As you can see, there are many do-it-yourself ways to help control mosquitoes during the hot summer season.
When you need a more concentrated effort to control or eliminate mosquitoes, contact a reputable pest control company in your area to help eliminate mosquitoes on a more intense level.
Mark A. Watts, Sr. is a pest control expert and operates Watts Pest Prevention in Phoenix, AZ. Contact him 602-759-6884 or at WattsPest.com.
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