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How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

By Edited Feb 19, 2016 1 0

Looking for a way to keep mosquitoes away from your home and yard? This article will show you how to keep mosquitoes away with a few simple actions. 

Mosquitoes are the scourge of Earth and are carriers of quite a number of diseases, including yellow fever, dengue, and malaria. As they say, prevention is better than cure and this too applies for getting rid of mosquitoes. If you use the simple ways below to keep the bloodsuckers away in the first place, there would be no need to get rid of them. (If, however, mosquitoes are already in your home and yard and you need to kill them off, this article will show you how, and if you are going outdoors, find out more about how to prevent mosquito bites or treat them.)

Mosquito nets to keep existing mozzies away

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Before we move on to keeping the little blood-suckers away through preventive efforts, if you are already suffering from an infestation of mosquitoes, the fastest fix is to get a mosquito net for all the beds in your home. Each mosquito net can be hung over a full-sized bed and will protect you and your family members from getting bitten. These nets are made from a fine mesh which will keep even the smallest mosquito out while not making it too hot or stuffy for the person under the net.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away
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If you don't want to get bitten, don't let these vermin breed in your house and yard.

Keep mosquitoes away by not letting them breed

Why preventing mosquitoes from breeding is important

If you're wondering how to keep mosquitoes away the best way would be to make your house mosquito-proof by not leaving any stagnant water around that they could lay eggs in. A single female mosquito can lay up to 200 eggs in just a single batch, and some species of mosquitoes take as little as four days to go from egg to adult. 

The following tips will help you keep the blood-sucking bugs from spawning in your home and yard.

1. Change water in vases regularly

Vases and other containers that hold water are common culprits that breed mosquitoes in your home. Check your vases regularly to make sure that they are not breeding grounds for these unwelcome visitors.

2. Remove excess water in plant pots and saucers

Some plants like basil repel mosquitoes. However, excess water in your pot of basil or other plants can thawrt your efforts to keep the mozzies away. Plant saucers catch excess water that flow out of the bottom of the pot holes but also become hatcheries for new mosquitoes if that water is left to stand. Make sure to check your plant pots and saucers and throw out any standing water.

3. Use pet-safe mosquito dunks in ponds, bird baths, and puddles

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Ponds and bird baths are also areas that you need to pay attention to if you wish to keep mosquitoes away. These mosquito dunks are safe for animals and pets and work only on the larvae of mosquitoes. They contain a type of bacteria that target only mosquito wrigglers and not other beneficial insects, animals, and pets. This is something you can safely put in your pond and bird baths to keep mozzies away without harming fish and birds.

In some parts of the house or outside, it's also impossible to remove the excess water. For example, during rainy reason, puddles form in certain areas and the water in these puddles tend to be replenished by the next bout of rain even before the sun manages to dry the puddle up. In that case, you will want to put mosquito dunks in the area to stop the mozzies from spawning there.

Other areas that these dunks may be used effectively are hard-to-reach parts of the house like the roof gutter or in pipes that may collect stagnant water.
Mosquito Wrigglers
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These wrigglers can turn into full-fledged blood-sucking mozzies in a matter of days.

4. Flip over any unused pails and containers

You might be thinking that this is common sense but a lot of times we forget to do the simplest things because they are so easy to overlook. Pails and other containers left standing will collect enough water to spawn mozzies with just a few minutes of rain. Even with less than an inch of water, the mosquitoes will be able to lay their eggs and spawn plenty of new bloodsuckers. To make sure this doesn't happen, flip over any unused containers and pails or even better, keep them out of the rain.

5. Keep rain barrels and other water-holders covered

And then there are the containers and rain barrels that you don't want to keep out of the rain. For these, you will want to make sure that they are adequately covered. Rain barrels can save you a lot of water and money on utility bills but you will want to make sure that they are not breeding grounds for mozzies.

Many rain barrels nowadays come with their own built-in covers or screens that will keep mosquitoes from spawning in them but for home-made rain barrels or older models without a cover, it's a good idea to make sure they are properly covered when not in use. Mosquitoes can sneak into the smallest gaps so a rain barrel with a cover that does not fit perfectly is a risk for mosquito-breeding.

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If you are looking for a covered rain barrel, the RTS Home Accents 50-Gallon rain barrel not only has a screen that keeps out the mosquitoes, but also looks natural and complementary to any garden or patio.

Take action today to keep mosquitoes away

It is not enough just to know how to keep mosquitoes away. Put the above tips into action today to protect your family from mozzies and diseases that they can cause.



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