Mosquitoes multiply easily in a span of a week, especially in places with warm weather or high humidity. Here are 12 natural ways to help you get rid of mosquitoes easily.
It has been found that planting herbs such as rosemary, citronella and lavender around your home is an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes. The smell of these herbs repel mosquitoes away. You can choose to have them outside your house or plant these herbs in small, decorative pots and place them inside your home. (1)
Remove Stagnant Water
Check outside your home if there is stagnant water. Stagnant water is usually found in pails, tires, puddles or any containers with unused water. Remove them all. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water and they multiply quickly. If you have a storage for water, you must make sure that they are covered all the time.
Another inexpensive way to get rid of mosquitoes is through scented candles. Choose candles with citronella and lavender scents because they effectively repel mosquitoes. (2)
There are those who believe that eating garlic is one way to minimize mosquitoes but this has not been proven. However, using it as a barrier can be effective. Growing garlic around your house repels mosquitoes away. You can also choose to sprinkle garlic powder in your yard to get rid of these insects. (3)
Mosquito Trapping System
You can also use machines that generate heat and carbon dioxide to lure mosquitoes, trap and kill them. This method can be expensive but they are truly effective. Some air exchangers are also capable of getting rid of mosquitoes.
Trim Grass and Bushes
Another effective way to eliminate mosquitoes is to mow your grass and trim your bushes regularly. Mosquitoes love to hide in overgrown, dark places and cutting down tall grass will keep them away from your property. (4)
Though it is not a method of getting rid of mosquitoes, using a mosquito net protects you from getting bitten with this insect. Its bite can bring disease or allergic reactions. Use mosquito nets during nighttime while you are sleeping.
Screen Doors and Windows
Attach screens to your doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from getting inside your home. You can also use silicon caulk or screen patches to cover gaps and holes. Placing screens and covers stops mosquitoes from invading inside your house. (5)
Air curtains are usually used in commercial establishments to get rid of mosquitoes. There are placed in entryways, driveways and concession stands. There are now available machines used for residences as well. Installation and maintenance of air curtains are easy and fast.
Installing Pump to Ponds and Pools
Ponds and pools with stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You need to use siphon pump to let the water flow. You can design a pond or pool that allows water to flow.
LED lights, sodium lamps and yellow bug lamps are a great way to prevent mosquitoes from invading your home. You can place these lights in your porch, patio, near the door or windows.
Another breeding ground for mosquitoes is a dirty place. Clean your home regularly. Avoid piling up clothes or items because their spaces can be a home to mosquitoes. Keep your home bright, clean and organized all the time. Getting an air purifier to help you clean the air at home will also work wonders.
There is no known way that will totally get rid of all mosquitoes. This list only provides short-term or temporary protection against these insects. You need to take this issue seriously because there are countless of deaths recorded that are caused by mosquitoes. You need to be vigilant and cautious all the time on where mosquitoes live and breed. You need to educate your family members and friends on the right ways to minimize the presence of mosquitoes. You can ask your local health center on some preventive measures to do to get rid of mosquitoes.