The Buggers are Biting: Best Tips for Mosquito Control
Mosquitoes are everywhere, and they're nearly impossible to get rid of. (We are talking about the insect variety, not your pesky neighbors kids - we'll save that for a different article) Even though they're almost impossible to eradicate, there is still several things we can do to protect ourselves from itching in all the wrong places.
7 Tips for effective Mosquito Control
- Take Mosquitoes Seriously - Sure, they may remind you of your dear old aunt Ida, always buzzing around and generally being a pest, but mosquito control is something to be taken seriously. Yes, you can take out your vengeance on them by slapping and squishing them (don't try this with Ida), but avoiding them altogether is always your best bet. These pesky little critters can pose a serious health hazard as they are prime carriers for several serious diseases.
- Spray, Spray, Spray Away - The best thing that you can do for mosquito control is to spray yourself liberally with bug spray. Besides keeping those mosquito's controlled, modern bug sprays protect you against many different types of itchy, annoying bugs. If you're only worried about flying critters, the clip-on's work just fine, but for evil demons such as chiggers, go with the spray.
- Try a Change of Clothes and skip the smelly stuff - Not saying that your shirts are ugly or anything, but if you tend to wear darker colors outside, stop. While you're at it, leave the perfume/cologne at home. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors and fancy smells. Wearing light-colored clothing helps keep them at bay.
- Plan a tropical vacation - Grab some cheesy inflatable palm trees, some bright pink flamingos, and some colorful tiki torches. Fill the Tiki's with citronella and set a-fire. The scent that the citronella oil produces provides an effective mosquito control. The palm trees and flamingos are just for effect. If citronella isn't your style, pennyroyal and eucalyptus work just as well.
- Change your light bulbs - If you've ever watched those silly bugs making themselves dizzy swirling around your front porch lights, you already know where I'm going with this. Replace those standard bright white light bulbs with a slightly more dingy amber. The amber light is less attractive to mosquitoes.
- Drain those Mosquito Pools - One of the biggest things that can be done for good mosquito control is to stop giving them a place to party. Mosquitoes don't look good in bikini's, so take away their pools. Look around your property for any container that has standing water and once found, dump the water out. Mosquitoes love to breed around areas that have a lot of standing water. By dumping the water, ultimately, you'll reduce their population.
- A Little Cooking Oil? - For areas that tend to collect a lot of water that can't be easily dumped, try cooking oil. Spray a little cooking oil over areas of standing water to keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay. Mosquitoes are less likely to breed in water topped with an oily film.
Mosquito Control: Recipe for Mosquito Repellent
If you don't like using that high-priced commercial stuff, try this nifty little mosquito repellent recipe.
- 3 Cups Rubbing Alcohol
- 1 1/2 cups red cedar wood shavings
- 1/2 cup eucalyptus leaves
Mix everything together and let stand for five days. Strain the solid stuff out and save the alcohol. Pour the liquid into a handy-dandy spray bottle for later use. This makes about two cups.
Best Commercial Mosquito Control Products
Bug spray can be found almost anywhere, but preventative maintainence products are hard to come by. These two products help protect your yard, and you, from harboring those pesky mosquito fugitives. Both come highly recommended, and both of these mosquito control products work great!