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How To Control Mosquitoes

Updated on October 22, 2011

Perhaps the most disturbing factor during one's night sleep is the buzz of mosquitoes that your hear near your ear, even worse are the reddish itchy bumps that you get from these buzzing insects and deprive you of your sleep.

The agony doesn’t stops here, with each bit of mosquitoes you are venerable to many different types of diseases that these mosquitoes carry with them and inject the particular germs in your body causing you to suffer even more.

Types Of Diseases Caused By Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes are more than just blood sucking bugs they have the potential to inject germs of lethal diseases that can even cause death let alone pain and misery.

There are many different types of diseases caused by mosquito bytes for example Encephalitis, Dengue fever and Malaria. How ever the later is the most common of all.

Malaria is caused by the bit of female mosquito that injects her eggs in the blood of the host. This causes severe fever, headaches and vomiting and if not taken care of in time can even cause death.

How To Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites?

There are a number of ways to protect one self from mosquito bites depending upon your situation, following are a few examples.

Covering Doors And Windows Of Your House

It is very essential to cover all the windows and doors of your home with nettings. This will greatly reduce the chances to mosquito’s entry our house in the first place. There are different types of netting available in the market.

However the most effective are the finest ones with very small openings but there is a drawback. Usually these nettings are very fragile hence they are prone to tear off leaving gaps for the bugs to enter inn.

This flaw is best over come by using both fine netting along the hard honeycomb netting, while the fine netting keeps the mosquitoes out the strong honeycomb netting gives it the strength to last.

Mosquito Repellent being burned.
Mosquito Repellent being burned.

Topical Repellents

Since netting is very good in side your house but what if you are on the move. In this situation the only thing that can keep mosquitoes at a distance are topical repellents.

There are a number of different types of topical repellents available in the market, which are as good as in offering protection against mosquitoes up to twelve hours but there is a catch.

Some users find different types of skin reactions when these repellents are applied causing irritation and itches and further more sever side effects are seen if by mistake breathed in or swallowed. However there are other natural repellents that are made from plants which usually solve this problem. The only disadvantage here is you’ll have to use them more often.

Using Mosquito Traps

One more useful in door method for controlling mosquitoes is using mosquito traps. Basically all mosquito traps work with the same fundamental principle i.e. they attract and draw inn mosquitoes using different techniques for example lights, plume of carbon dioxide, warmth, vapor etc and then exterminate them.

Perhaps the most common of these devices is the bug zappers. Bug zappers are one of the most popular indoor methods to control and kill mosquitoes. The principle of this device is that it attracts mosquitoes towards itself using a specific from of light and once the mosquito is well with in the trap the device electrocutes the insect.

But the very basic problem in the phenomena of bug zappers is that not all types of mosquitoes are attracted to the specific light. To solve this problem newer and more expensive devices are also available in the market which use many different type of techniques along with lights to attract mosquitoes such as warmth, vapor and plume of carbon all in one so that its able to attract all different types of mosquitoes and then kill them. However these devices are expensive and not very common.

Bug Sprays

Another way to control mosquitoes is to use residual pesticide spray to the possible areas where the mosquitoes might be breeding.

Once the mosquitoes sit on that particular spot they will be killed. However these sprays are usually toxic thus precautions must be used while using such sprays.

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      Helpful information! Thanks!