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Whether if you live in the country-side or the city, mosquitoes can be hard to avoid! Especially if you have stagnant water nearby. They bite, they suck blood, they’re annoying. In addition, mosquitoes can be carrier to a lot of diseases like Dengue, Malaria, or the Zika virus.
But, getting rid of mosquitoes is not impossible. Today I’ll be sharing you some tips on how to get rid of these annoying pests!
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
#1 Manual Swatting
This can only work if you are physically fit and have a lot of time in your hands. You basically purchase an either electric or regular insect swatter, and you swat away each time you see a pest in your sight. Not only is this time draining, it also doesn’t make a lot of sense since you don’t kill the pests from the root. This is a reactive method rather than proactive. People who only do this probably do it for fun.
#2 Electric Zapper
Bug zappers work by generating a UV light that lures insects to the device’s center, where they are electrocuted, typically between two metal grids. Bug zappers are extremely successful in killing bugs due to the alluring appeal of their light. The only issue is that they aren’t killing the pests that concern you.
A University of Delaware study followed six residential bug zappers for ten weeks and discovered that just 31 of the 13,789 insects exterminated were harmful (including mosquitoes).
#3 Get Rid of Stagnant/Standing Water
The most effective technique to eliminate mosquito larvae is to deprive mosquitoes a place to lay their eggs. Female mosquitoes deposit their eggs in standing water, and the eggs can hatch in as little as an inch of water. That is why it is critical to remove standing water from pet water bowls, kiddie pools, and other areas in your yard. Also, attempt to clear leaf piles because they might serve as a breeding site for mosquito larvae.
Mosquito predators are more vulnerable to aerial spraying or fogging than mosquitoes. Because predators are higher up the food chain, they will consume more pesticide. Aerial spraying actually increases mosquito populations by reducing mosquito predator numbers.
Furthermore, insecticides used to control mosquitos can contribute to immunological suppression in people. According to a World Resources Institute research, “Chemical pesticides can weaken the immune system, causing allergies, auto immunological illnesses like lupus, and cancer. It may also result in infections to which one is ordinarily immune.”
#5 Mosquito Trap
Last but not the least, an easy, safe, and effective DIY way to trap those pests. An OVITRAP. An ovitrap is basically a device using a container with water, and a substance where those mosquitoe queen lay their eggs. Once those eggs fall, they immediately die. You can visit this article from Pest Advisors for an instructions for an ovitrap.
The answer is obvious. Consider the safest yet more potent way to get rid of pesky mosquitoes. You can opt for prevention, which is getting rid of breeding ground of mosquito larvae, setting up mosquito traps, or just spend money and hire professional pest control.