Mosquitoes are pesky little creatures. They buzz, they bite, they repeat. Mosquito bites are especially annoying, causing irritation, swelling, and sometimes even bleeding. But mosquitoes are sometimes much more than just a summer nuisance, they can be deadly.
Mosquitoes are hosts to an array of infectious diseases that spread through bites and stings. Some of these diseases like Malaria, Yellow Fever, West Nile Virus, and Zika, can even be deadly if left untreated. In fact, according to the American Mosquito Control Association, over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year.
Home and Outdoor Mosquito Control
Removing Empty Containers
Mosquitoes like to breed and multiply around moisture. Mosquito World reports that Mosquitoes have the ability to breed in as little as one inch of still water. It is therefore vital to rid your home of all possible mosquito breeding sites. Containers, buckets, or bins that are left out in the yard should be removed in order to prevent a mosquito nesting ground.
Maintain your Lawn
Make sure to keep your grass short, and your bushes trimmed. Mosquitoes rest and nest in moist, unmaintained grass and shrubbery. Keeping your lawn clean-cut and trimmed will prevent mosquitoes from finding solace in your yard.
Maintain your Rain Gutters
Clogged gutters can bring your home an array of problems. Clogged gutters where water is left stagnant will become the perfect nesting place for mosquitos to lay eggs in. Clean your gutters after all rainfalls to ensure there is no standing water.
Citrosa, lemon thyme, and rosemary are all plants that reportedly repel mosquitoes. These specific herbs contain oils which mosquitos simply can’t stand. However the application of such natural repellants often proves troublesome to apply. The oils are only released into the air once its leaves are crushed.
In Case of Small Pond or Fountain
If you have an ornamental garden with either a pond or fountain as its centerpiece, you probably won’t want to remove it because of mosquitoes. In this case, get yourself a few Gambusia, or Mosquito Fish to feed on mosquito eggs and larvae. The fish are tough, capable of surviving in standing water for extended periods of time. Best of all, these fish never grow past two inches, preventing your pond or fountain from ever overcrowding.
Dragonflies are insects that also eat mosquitos and their larvae. In some towns and counties, dragonflies are used to keep mosquito populations at bay. Although slightly terrifying insects, Dragonflies are harmless to humans but lethal to mosquitoes.
Bacillus Thuringiensis Israelensis
BTI is a naturally occurring bacteria that is used as larvicide in ponds and other wet areas. Larvae eat the bacteria, but are killed as soon as the bacteria is ingested. BTI is commercially sold in the form of pellets, and is neither harmful to humans, nor animals.