7 Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes This Summer
It’s summertime and you know what that means. It’s mosquito season! To prevent those bites before they start, here are 7 ways to get rid of mosquitoes.
Summer is coming and that means long evenings and cold drinks outside.
Which all sounds great, until you remember the problems with pests that summer also brings with it.
You need an easy way to get rid of mosquitoes who want to spoil your evening.
Not only are their bites unpleasant, but these bugs can also carry diseases. So dealing with them effectively is really important.
We’ve rounded up seven ways to help get rid of mosquitoes from your yard, so that you can get on with enjoying the great outdoors.
1. Keep your yard tidy
Mosquitoes love still and stagnant water. It’s where they lay their eggs and spend the first three stages of their lives.
These bugs thrive in water, even in very small pools. So it’s important that you regularly tip out any sitting water from dog bowls, toys or other containers left outside.
If you want to get rid of mosquitoes for good, you have to keep an eye out for water collecting like this and empty any containers which are filling up with rainwater as soon as you see them.
While mosquitoes don’t grow up in shrubs or trees, keeping these pruned back and mowing your lawn often will reduce the number of shady spots the adults can hide in during the day. This can help to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your house.
2. Keep a fan at the ready
The American Mosquito Control Association says that mosquitoes are weak fliers.
So one low-tech way to keep them at bay is to keep a fan or two on your deck while you’re outside. These will also help you to keep cool on those hot days.
Try to keep them on a high setting to make sure the mosquitoes don’t reach you. If possible, make sure your fans are rotating to cover as wide an area as possible, so that you have the best chance to batter back the bugs.
3. Use a spray to get rid of mosquitoes
Mosquitoes can be repelled for around 8 hours using some spray products. The best are those which contain chemicals called DEET or picaridin.
However, other sprays which use different ingredients can be effective too. In some tests, oil of lemon eucalyptus has been found to be as good as the synthetic products we’ve mentioned above.
Whichever you use, don’t spray around your eyes or nose, and remember to re-apply them regularly. While they might last for 8 hours in a lab, on a hot day your perspiration can mean that they don’t stick around for nearly as long.
If you go swimming, also remember to use the spray again when you get out of the water. They wash off quite easily.
4. Put up a mosquito net
If you have an outside deck, you may be able to cover any holes with a net to help keep out the bugs. Just make sure you’ve covered all the gaps, as mosquitoes can slip through very small spaces.
This is a good solution in terms of keeping a barrier between you and the mosquitoes, but it does mean that you have to stay inside the net and can’t enjoy full use of your yard.
If you don’t have a deck with a roof, you may find it impossible to ensure full coverage, so this isn’t an answer for everybody.
5. Wear long shirts and pants
This may not be the most popular idea as the temperatures soar, but covering up as much skin as possible is an effective way to prevent mosquito bites.
Tucking your pant legs into your socks means they can’t get at your ankles A hat can also help out, particularly for those of us who have less hair on top than others.
This won’t get rid of mosquitoes from your yard by itself, but if your skin is well protected then that’s the next best thing.
If this doesn’t do the trick by itself, you might want to look into permethrin treated clothing.
Permethrin is a pesticide which can kill or repel insects like mosquitoes or ticks. Even the US Military uses permethrin to help protect soldiers from disease.
But don’t apply this pesticide while you’re still wearing the clothes!
6. If you’re unlucky and get bitten…
Unfortunately, most of us will get bitten by a mosquito at some point. They’re itchy, painful, and generally unpleasant.
We thought it would be useful to also suggest a few remedies to help ease the pain and stop the swelling.
Ice can help numb the pain, but you should never put ice directly onto your skin. Doing this can cause frostbite. Wrap up a few cubes in a small towel and then put that on the bite: 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off and repeat.
Another easy home remedy involves pressing a hot spoon onto the bite. Mosquitoes inject a protein into your skin when they bite you, and it’s this which causes the itching sensation.
The protein is destroyed by the heat from the spoon as you press down. Just be careful that the spoon isn’t too hot – we recommend that you very carefully test its temperature first.
If you have a pharmacy near you, you may prefer to pick up some hydrocortisone cream or ibuprofen gel instead. Ibuprofen works faster, but hydrocortisone works for longer. But both should do the job.
7. Get rid of mosquitoes the professional way
Here at Ellsworth Pest Control, we’ve got professional solutions to get rid of mosquitoes from your yard. We’re committed to providing friendly and top-quality pest control, backed by expert knowledge.
Our treatments are both child and pet-friendly. We don’t only think about dealing with your pest problem, but about what’s best for your family.
And it’s not just mosquitoes we deal with. If you’ve got other pests in your home such as ants, cockroaches, mice or rats in your home, we can help you with those too.
We offer free inspections and quotes for all of our services. If you’d like us to visit, call (469) 294-3441 or use our online booking system to schedule a time slot.