Mosquito Control – How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquito control is largely to do with WATER. Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water or next to standing water on damp soil. They love dampness and moisture.
Why is controlling the water so important?
Because the mosquito transitions from larvae to pupa to adult in as little as 4 days!
Here are a few tips how to control (get rid of) mosquitoes…
Keep grass mowed fairly short because deep tall grass enables an ideal moist breeding ground for the mosquito. This tip makes a big difference!
Trim your shrubs and overhanging vegetation. Mosquitoes like damp places and will thrive on damp ground beneath vegetation.
Low Tree branches
If you have a tree (such as a Spruce tree) that puts out branches right to ground level, trim off the low branches to create several feet of air-gap to the ground.
Check the yard for anything that enables the pooling of water. Remove, turn over, or regularly clean objects that allow water pooling. Bird baths – clean them regularly. Don’t leave buckets, toy pools, toys, pots, gardening items that collect water, or any other container to sit outside where they can collect water.
Keep your gutters clean. This is important. If they are clogged up, they can accumulate water and provide ideal breeding grounds.
Stop leaks and drips of water. If you have leaking outdoor taps, get these fixed. The leak will be pooling somewhere, creating a moist habitat for breeding mosquitoes.
If there are parts of the yard that can fill with water, and it doesn’t drain quickly, fill it in or improve the drainage.
Check your air conditioner. Make sure that water is not pooling at the bottom of the unit and that it is draining properly. Make sure that window mounted A/C units are slightly pitched so that water drains off and out.
If you have one, your swimming pool or spa could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Be sure to treat the water and run the pump enough to circulate the water. Unattended swimming pools will quickly turn dark green with algae and become filled with millions of mosquitoes.
If you have a pond on your property, stock it with fish. Active ponds will provide the right ecosystem to self-regulate mosquitoes. If a pond is very stagnant and without fish or other predators that will eat mosquito larvae, watch out – get ready to be eaten alive.
These are little doughnut shaped rings to place in standing water (Koi ponds, hydroponic systems, animal water troughs, bird baths, etc..) and will kill mosquito larvae while harmless to other forms of life.
Simple Homemade Mosquito Trap
Are you sick of having to use expensive spray and lotions to get rid of Mosquitoes? Many insect repellants smell terrible and can not be used by people with sensitive skin. Traditional mosquito coils that can be burnt also pollute your air with a smoky odour. Here are 5 great ways to repel Mosquitoes that won’t make you want to leave with them.
1. Simple Homemade Mosquito Trap
This homemade mosquito trap is easy to put together and it works really well. All you need to create one of this is a used soft drink bottle, brown sugar, yeast, water and scissors.
This works because the solution is able to slowly produce carbon dioxide. This entices the mosquitoes into the bottle where they become trapped.
A great idea if you want to avoid harsh chemicals.
Things You Will Need:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)
Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control.
Instead of masking your scent, lure mosquitoes away by making your own carbon dioxide trap with vinegar and baking soda.
1.Wash out an empty 2-liter soda bottle. Let it dry.
2.Cut the bottle in half. Set aside the top of the bottle.
3.Put 1/4 cup of baking soda into the bottom of the bottle.
4.Invert the top of the bottle so that it looks like a funnel. Place this over the bottom of the bottle. Secure it with tape.
5.Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the bottle. When it hits the baking soda, it will bubble and release carbon dioxide. This will attract mosquitoes, which will enter the funnel and get trapped in the bottom section of the bottle.
Things You Will Need:
Empty 2-liter soda bottle
1/4 cup baking soda
1 cup vinegar
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