How to Prevent and Get Rid of Mosquitoes
There’s nothing more frustrating than being outside, trying to enjoy the summer weather, and being attacked by blood-thirsty mosquitoes. The incessant whining in your ears; the painful stabs, and the unrelenting itching are enough to annoy any customer that comes your way. Here are some tips and tricks to preventing and getting rid of mosquitoes.
What Does a Mosquito Bite Look Like?
Female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite. Males get their nutrition from plants and nectar.
Bites can have the following features:
- A puffy, white and reddish bump that appears a few minutes after the bite.
- A hard, itchy, reddish-brown bump, or multiple bumps, appearing a day or so after the bite or bites.
- Small blisters instead of hard bumps.
- Dark spots that look like bruises.
Signs You Could Have Mosquitoes and How to Prevent Them
Standing water is the largest culprit of attracting mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes lay their eggs in these puddles of standing water. One female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs at a time. Mosquitoes like to linger in dim and shady areas, and usually come out at sunrise and sunset. Any time the sunlight isn’t bright, and the humidity is high, chances are mosquitoes will come out.
If you find mosquitoes indoors, chances are you could have a plumbing problem. A small leak can provide just enough water for mosquitoes to breed.
The key to keeping mosquitoes off your property is interrupting the insect’s lifecycle. Mosquitoes have four life stages: egg, larva, pupa, and adult, so ending one stage before it has a chance to evolve will greatly limit your risk of exposure.
To break the lifecycle at the egg stage, you must find and remove any puddles of standing water around or in your home. If you have a swimming pool, it needs to be properly maintained. If you have a birdbath, then you need to empty it and wipe it out every few days (mosquito eggs will stick to the bottom and they can survive draughts, so you need to wipe it out completely before refilling).
To break the cycle at the larvae stage, you should implement a mosquito management program if you have a rainwater harvesting system. If you have a water garden or small pond, then you will want to add some mosquito-eating fish to them. You can also use biological and chemical options as well.
Adult mosquitoes are the ones that actually bite you, so you will have to be especially vigilant when it comes to avoiding them. Some things you can try include:
- Keeping your grass and shrubs clipped short (this will give adult mosquitoes fewer places to rest)
- Keep your windows and screens in good order to help prevent mosquitoes from entering your home
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are attracted to beer. They’ll actually attack people who drink beer first and then go after everyone else. You can take a bottle of beer and place it outside to act as a mosquito trap. The mosquitoes will fly into the beer and die. Just be careful, as mosquitoes rather humans than beer, so they’ll go after you before the beer trap.
The same kind of trap can be used with some warm water and dish soap. Again, you have to stay inside for this trap to work. Anything with dish soap on it will attract these bugs. Place a dot of dish soap on a glue trap and these insects will flock to it.
Another effective method is to use an electronic bug zapper. There are indoor and outdoor bug zappers that can be installed but try to place them where people aren’t going to be.
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- Altosid Pro-G Mosquito Larvicide: Put the directed amount of granules in areas such as shrubs or even water where mosquitoes may breed. This also kills eggs and larvae. View on Amazon.
Although these are great tips for keeping your business and property mosquito free, a great mosquito prevention program provided by JP McHale can help in your efforts to get rid of these pesky little insects. Consult JP McHale about a mosquito prevention program tailored for your business today!