Mosquitoes in your home or backyard can be infuriating, especially when you have to deal with 10 bites from just one mosquito! Males bite once; females will bite until they are full and ready to lay eggs!
In order to make your summer more pleasurable @home, follow these steps to help get rid of mosquitoes:
- Eliminate the source where mosquitoes come from! Repair torn screens to prevent mosquitoes from coming in through small gaps. Keep windows and doors closed when not using.
- Prevent further breeding: Mosquitoes lay eggs on standing water, so emptying all standing water located in birdbaths, fountains, potted plants, wading pools, and other things capable of holding water will reduce the mosquito population at your home.
- Empty moisture collecting sources: Another condition that mosquitoes are highly attracted to are dark, moist places. Clean out debris in gutters and thin out overgrown shrubbery, and swampy places to eliminate humid areas that harbor mosquitoes.
- Use bug repellents! Buy insect repellents to prevent getting bitten. If you want to try some natural remedies, consider growing mosquito repellent plants: lemongrass, citronella, mint, marigolds, rosemary.
Although this is a common insect that leaves you feeling itchy, but doesn’t seem like a big deal, people should take these precautions for health reasons.
Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as the West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and Zika, which can be contracted by humans and pets.
Another thought to keep in mind is that Mosquitoes typically bite when temperatures at night are above 68℉. Breeding season begins as early as May up until November.
Other Tips: Mosquitoes are most prevalent in humid areas such as stagnant swamps and puddles to lay their eggs, so make sure to put on bug spray before entering a wet forest or swamp!
Following these tips will make yours a safer and more pleasant place to call home!
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