If you were to go out and take a nation-wide survey asking people which insect they despise the most, I’m willing to bet a good deal of those answers would be mosquitoes. The mosquito insect is both a huge annoyance to those who enjoy spending time outdoors as well as being carriers of diseases such as malaria and dengue. In order to prevent them from disrupting your life, there are some simple mosquito control techniques you can carry out to dramatically reduce their numbers.
The first thing you’ll want to do is eliminate as many breeding grounds around your home as you can. Mosquitoes need stagnant water to lay their eggs, so you will need to identify areas where water may accumulate. Look for empty gardening pots, tarps or toys such a Frisbee around your home which you think may be susceptible to holding stagnant water. You’ll also want to regularly clean your gutters as it will clog with moist material that is a prime breeding spot for mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes enjoy resting in warm, moist vegetation during the day, so you’ll want to cut your grass and clear weeds out of flower beds on a regular basis. There are some plants you may want to consider planting in your yard that irritate and repel mosquitoes, including citronella grass, lemon thyme, catnip and rosemary. The oils contained in these plants are a natural mosquito repellent which you can use by rubbing the leaves on your skin when you are outside; an alternative to the chemical repellent sprays available on the market.
Another great trick you can do is setting up a decorative pond and stocking it with Gambusia, a fish that feeds on mosquito larvae. This will act as a natural mosquito trap in your yard and the fish will require no care once you set it up. A lot of local mosquito control districts provide them for free with the stipulation that they are kept somewhere that does not connect to other water environments.
Doing these things, in conjunction with using mosquito traps will dramatically reduce the population of mosquitoes in your vicinity. Suggesting to your neighbors to do the same will serve to be even more effective. If you decide you need to purchase technology to help kill these insects, be sure to read through mosquito trap reviews on the internet because even though these devices are effective, they are quite expensive; so you’ll want to do your research to ensure you’re getting a quality product.