Last week, we talked about the importance of mosquito control for public health. Governments play a critical role in mosquito control but have limited time and money. Individuals don’t have to rely on their local government solely. There are things that people can do to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases.
What Can You Do?
The average person doesn’t have the knowledge or resources to launch a full-scale mosquito control program, but that shouldn’t stop people from taking precaution. Individuals can still play an essential role by targeting mosquitoes in their own home. Here are a few tips that you can follow when dealing with mosquitoes both inside and outside your home:
When You're Outdoors
Avoid mosquito bites. Mosquitoes use the blood they suck from humans and animals to increase their breeding capabilities. When you’re outdoors, cover as much skin as possible and use a mosquito spray that contains DEET. Protecting yourself from mosquito bites limits a mosquito’s ability to breed. If you don't like the idea of using harsh chemicals, you can create a homemade mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes avoid certain scents such as lavender, citronella, or eucalyptus. You can mix your choice of mosquito repelling essential oil with a base such as witch hazel or jojoba oil. Always mix or dilute essential oils before applying to your skin. Undiluted essential oils may burn skin or cause an allergic reaction. Garlic and vinegar are also natural mosquito deterrents.
Fix all screens and doors to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. If the windows in your home do not have mesh screens, purchase and install them in your windows. Check dark, humid places in your home. Mosquitoes may nest under sinks or in dark closets. Use fans in your home to circulate air. Mosquitoes will have a harder time flying against moving air.
In Your Yard
Remember, mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Look for puddles or other sources of standing water in your yard where mosquitoes could lay eggs. Clean and dump containers or cans that are outside. Drain any area in your yard that could serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Limiting mosquito breeding grounds is an effective way for individuals to control mosquitoes. As mentioned earlier, mosquitoes avoid certain smells. Mosquitoes are also averse to some plants such as lavender or rosemary. Another way to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard is to burn citronella candles. Homeowners should keep their grass low and pull weeds because mosquitoes enjoy shady areas and unkempt lawns.
Mosquitoes are annoying and deadly, but you are not helpless against them. If you find that controlling mosquitoes in your home is overwhelming, there are plenty of mosquito control professionals who are better equipped to deal with mosquitoes. Whether you tackle the problem of mosquitoes on your own or you hire someone, prevention is key to protecting you and your family from the threat of mosquitoes.