By Sam Alarilla
Nowadays, more and more people of all ages are falling victim to viruses caused by mosquitoes such as Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya, Yellow Fever, and the like – of which in some cases its effects are irreversible and even fatal. Luckily, this is very easy to prevent, provided we take the proper measures to get rid of mosquitoes in our homes.
Here are a few ways on how to keep these pesky pests away and keep you and your family safe from the deadly viruses they carry:
Don’t give them a chance to even breed.
Mosquitoes breed best in stagnant or standing water and thrive in places of high humidity. So dump or flush out any stagnant water sources in your home. This could include old tires that collect rainwater, driveway puddles, clogged gutters, unfiltered ponds, empty flowerpots, or virtually any item that can hold water. Don’t allow any water to collect and stand for long periods of time as it will surely attract mosquitoes and allow them to breed effectively.
Use a mosquito net.
If you sleep with the windows open and you know that you’re area is prone to mosquito infestations, use a mosquito net at night and make sure they’re covering all four corners of your bed. Remember to also wear loose-fitting clothes that cover up all of your skin as an extra measure against mosquito bites.
Take a few extra measures to keep the mosquitoes at bay.
Use lighting that doesn’t attract mosquitoes such as yellow LED bulbs or sodium lights. Regularly trim and groom your shrubs, bushes, and trees and maintain water features such as pools or fishponds. These things may seem small but they greatly contribute to the prevention of mosquitoes from infesting your home.
Check your screen doors and windows.
They’re meant to keep mosquitoes and other insects out, but tears and holes in the mesh could render them ineffective. Inspect your screen doors and windows and make the necessary repairs.
Citronella is your new best friend.
Citronella plants are famous for their ability to repel mosquitoes – which is why it’s been used for decades in various forms. Plant Citronella in your garden or yard, light Citronella candles or burn its oil or incense, or even apply Citronella-based repellent sprays on your skin if you wish.
Construct homemade mosquito traps.
Sprinkle some coffee grounds near breeding areas to kill the eggs before they can even hatch. Fill a dish with soapy water to attract mosquitoes – the soap bubbles will trap them in the water and drown them, killing them effectively. Lastly, you can cut a plastic bottle in half and fill it with a mixture of brown sugar, hot water, and yeast. Put the top funnel part of the bottle upside down into the bottom half of the bottle. Wrap tape around the bottle, leaving the top uncovered. Place it where mosquitoes go the most, and change the solution of the bottle every two weeks. There are many ways to stop mosquito infestations the natural way and these are only some of the ones that are most effective.