The best offense is defence. Getting rid of mosquitoes is not easy. That is why it is better to prevent mosquito breeding, these flying menaces in the first place before they can cause problems.
If you have mosquitos, we recommend our environmentally friendly mosquito trap, combined with some preventative work on your property.
- Drain stagnant water in and out of your house
In order for mosquitoes to breed, they need stagnant water (non-flowing water) in order for their larvae to hatch and mature into adult mosquitoes. How to prevent breeding of mosquitoes in stagnant water? Denying mosquitoes breeding spaces would reduce their population and activity in your vicinity.
- Maintain your yard or places in your house where there is vegetation
Mosquitoes tend to flock to places where there is a lot of overgrowth. Keeping your plants prim and proper helps thwart mosquitoes from moving in and reproducing there. Also consider planting mosquito repellent plants in your gardens such as feverfew, citronella, catnip, and lavender to act as a passive protection against mosquitoes.
- Get rid of discarded water bottles
Even the smallest puddles of water could be a potential larvae nursery. This includes discarded water bottles or soft drink cans found in your rubbish. Make sure to regularly dispose of these items to prevent mosquito breeding by not giving them extra (and hard to reach to) breeding spaces.
- Throw away or properly sort rubbish
Just about anywhere water can puddle, these creatures can lay eggs. That includes piles of wood or scrap metal in your backyard. Make sure to sort these kinds of items out or dispose of them if no longer needed.
- Dispose of old tyres
Tyres can collect a lot of water when exposed to rain and are a frequent breeding ground for mosquitoes. If unavoidable, drill holes so that water cannot collect from inside the tyre.
The use of chemical-based agents may be unavoidable especially if you live near areas that are likely to hold still water, such as ponds or canals.
Garbage could be an absolute mosquito's attractant. At that the pile's size is in direct ratio of the mosquitoes amount.
Take all precautions to protect your home from mosquitoes:
- Keep your kitchen clean, don't leave food leftovers on the table, don't leave dirty dishes, wash work surfaces thoroughly, take out the trash more often;
- Hang mosquito nets to keep these insects out of open windows. Doors to the balcony can be closed with a tight-fitting curtain;
- Make sure that the gaps in the floor, walls and behind the skirting boards are carefully sealed, and the ventilation grilles are closed with a dense mesh;
- Some insects are attracted to damp places, so try to get rid of dampness in the house, arrange effective ventilation, especially in the bathroom and in the kitchen.