Mosquito bites are the most common form of insect-human contact; some 3.9 billion people live in areas with both a high density of mosquitoes and a high incidence of malaria. It’s no wonder that scientists, who often witness the debilitating effects mosquitoes have on their subjects firsthand, are always looking for natural remedies to combat mosquito populations.
1. Wear Protective Clothing
Wear long sleeves and pants, especially at dusk or dawn when mosquitoes are trying to get their fill of blood before they go to sleep for the day. You don’t have to be a devoted outdoorsman to want to cover up in the summer months — sweat is a natural mosquito repellent, but it’s much easier (and cooler) to just put on some extra clothes.
2. Use Insect Repellents
There are several natural insect repellents on the market, but the most effective are the ones that contain DEET (N,N-diethylmetatoluamide). These products should be applied to skin and clothing before going outside, and should be kept away from eyes and mucous membranes. It’s also a good idea to keep these products in places where children or pets might get them — like your car’s trunk.
3. Stay Indoors When Possible
Even if your home isn’t air-conditioned, you can still keep mosquitoes away by closing windows and drapes at dusk and keeping lights off. This is particularly important for areas that have standing water: Mosquitos can lay their eggs in still water, especially after it rains. Disinfecting containers of standing water with a sodium hypochlorite solution will keep mosquitoes from laying eggs and will help control existing mosquito populations.
4. Limit Outings During Dusk and Dawn
The time between around 4PM and 8AM is the peak time of day for mosquito activity, so if you must go outside, wear protective clothing and apply insect repellent. If your job requires that you be outside at this time, make sure to follow all the instructions on your insect repellent.
5. Avoid Areas Where Mosquitos Are Present
The best way to avoid being bitten by a mosquito is not to go where mosquitoes are present in large numbers. It takes only one mosquito bite to transmit a deadly disease, so wherever there are large areas of standing water, mosquito activity is high.
6. Call a professional to get rid of them
You can also contact a professional who will be able to get rid of them for you. This includes exterminating the insects, as well as ensuring that their habitats are not present in your home or garden.
7. Use Mosquito Traps
The least invasive and most effective way to eliminate mosquitoes is with a mosquito trap, which attracts them with an attractant and then traps them in fine mesh, killing them with the use of carbon dioxide or other toxic gases.
In conclusion, mosquitoes are a broad topic and it is difficult to control them on your own. No matter what you decide to do, it is best to ensure that you are taking precautions and utilizing the information available before choosing your method.
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