With summer upon us, it’s time to start the age-old battle against one of the biggest menaces out there: mosquitoes. With stinging bites and the ability to spread harmful diseases like West Nile Virus and Zika, no one wants mosquitoes in their home.
The good news is that there are plenty of environmentally friendly ways to fight off mosquitoes in the summer months. And if you’re looking for mosquito control in Palm Beach, Vero Beach, St. Lucie, or Stuart, Florida, you need to make sure you are doing everything you can to limit mosquitoes in your home.
1. Plant Window Boxes with Herbs
When it comes to mosquito control, you should utilize the most natural methods available to you. In the natural world, mosquitoes hate plants that have essential oils and very strong scents. Plants like citronella, peppermint, garlic, lavender, and rosemary have very strong smells to them and are great at repelling mosquitoes. There was even a study that found that catnip is 10 times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET, an ingredient found in most insect repellants.
Buy or build some window flower boxes and install them around your house. Then plant things like catnip or lavender in the boxes to keep mosquitoes away from your windows and away from the inside of your house.
2. Get Help from Nature
Just because you are engaged in a never ending battle with mosquitoes doesn’t mean you can’t get some help from the rest of nature. Creatures like bats, birds, spiders, lizards and even house pets like dogs and cats are great at gobbling up mosquitoes and keeping them away from the inside of your house.
You can install bird and bat houses around your backyard and around your house to give them a home-base while they hunt down mosquitoes. You should also avoid killing any spiders that are in or around your house. While they might seem terrifying or dangerous, they are actually mostly harmless and will help with your mosquito control needs.
3. Use Screen Doors and Windows
Mosquitoes don’t just get into your house magically, they have to enter through an open door, window, or some other opening in the outside of your house. If you want to keep mosquitoes out, you need to make sure all the openings in your house are sealed off. This can be difficult when many of us keep the doors and windows open to cool off the house, especially at night.
Buying screen doors and screens for your windows will help keep the mosquitoes out of your house and allow you to keep your doors and windows open at night. By having screens on your windows and doors, you also remove the chance that mosquitoes will squeeze into small cracks and openings in your doors and windows.
4. Remove Stagnant Water Around Your Home
As you’ve probably noticed, stagnant water is one of the main causes of a mosquito infestation. They lay their eggs in stagnant water, which serves as a nest for the mosquito larvae. They grow large enough to fly, float to the surface, and take off to annoy you and your family.
One of the best ways to avoid mosquitoes in your home is to remove any sources of stagnant water around your home. Things like watering cans, tarps, pots, and other containers can hold rainwater that attracts mosquitoes. Make sure you go around after a rainstorm and remove any sources of stagnant water to avoid large hatches of mosquitoes around your house.
5. Use Mosquito Traps to Thin the Herd
Even with the most aggressive insect control methods, mosquitoes can still present a huge problem for homeowners. The only answer is to take the fight to them.
You can easily build mosquito traps at home that are capable of killing hundreds, if not thousands, of mosquitoes every night. The most effective trap is called a fan trap. Take a large, powerful box fan and place either metal mesh or mosquito netting along the back of the fan, using glue or magnets to hold the material in place. Place the fan on your porch, blowing away from the inside of your house.
The mosquitoes will get caught in the powerful breeze of the fan and get sucked into the metal mesh, where they dry out and die. You can spray the mesh with a bottle of diluted rubbing alcohol to kill any mosquitoes that are still alive on the mesh.
To increase the effectiveness of this trap, place an open bottle of seltzer water or some dried ice in a bucket next to your fan. The carbon dioxide will attract mosquitoes and increase the effectiveness of your trap.
Win the War on Mosquitoes
Now that you know how to keep these pesky insects out of your home, you can start to turn the tide in the battle against the mighty mosquitoes.
If you have mosquito control needs in Palm Beach, Vero Beach, St. Lucie, or Stuart, please contact Travis Pest Management at 772 287-7411 to schedule a free estimate.