The incessant buzzing of a mosquito in your ear has to be one of the most annoying sounds in the world. Most people don’t even realize that mosquitoes are more than just annoying, they are extremely dangerous as well. Many cities throughout the United States will spray for mosquitoes regularly and while they do make the situation better, they are not always 100% effective. If you are a homeowner in one of the cities where mass treatments like this occur, there are some additional steps that you should take so that mosquitoes don’t become even more of nuisance in your backyard. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to set up a mosquito barrier around your home.
Creating a mosquito barrier isn’t as hard as you think
Mosquitoes are more troublesome than one would initially think. However, there are many plants and products on the market today that are specifically designed to keep them away. If you use the products correctly, you can be rest assured that your contact with these buzzing pests will be kept to a minimum. All you need to do is strategically spread these products around your home and yard, and you will have a safe, natural deterrent.
The first and by far most popular solution is citronella. Nearly every tiki torch, candle and spray that you can buy in the store that is labeled “mosquito repellant”, contains some percentage of citronella in it. Not only is it effective, but the aroma is not unpleasant to the nose. You can also plant citronella throughout your yard as well to help keep pests at bay. If you don’t have the proverbial “green thumb” or are unable to grow citronella in or around your home. Simply hanging dried versions of the plant around your home is also an effective treatment solution.
You can also place candles throughout your patio or porch area as well to prevent mosquitos from buzzing in your ear and biting you and your family members. Other various essential oils can also be effective for repelling mosquitos. Eucalyptus, rosemary and lemongrass can also be very effective when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. The strong, natural smell acts as a deterrent to mosquitoes and other flying insects that might be curious as to what you and your family and friends are up to.
Getting West Nile Virus isn’t worth it
Mosquitoes thrive off sucking the blood of their host. Due to the various hosts that they feed on, this makes them capable of spreading disease and bacteria very easily. West Nile Virus is the most commonly known disease that they have been known to spread. In underdeveloped countries, often bites from mosquitoes carrying this disease will lead to fatalities, along with other serious side effects.
If you live near a body of water, such as a lake, pond, river or an area that retains water from rainfall, you are at a higher risk of being affected by mosquitoes. You should take extra precaution if the former is true. Generally speaking, the previously mentioned methods will be more than effective at keeping the buzzing at bay. However, if there are standing puddles of water for days at a time, mosquitoes will continue to breed and grow, making your life a proverbial nightmare.
Mosquitoes still around? It’s time to contact a professional
If the barriers that you set up are not proving to be effective in containing your problem, it may be time for some advanced measures to be taken. If that is the case, it is recommended to contact a professional pest control company. They have specialized treatments that are not only effective, but completely safe for your home and family.
The more time you wait though, the more at risk you make yourself. Mosquitoes multiply at a rapid pace and can overwhelm you sooner than you think. It is always a wise decision to have a professional exterminator visit your property during the hot, rainy months of the year to make sure that your investment is protected. There isn’t a mosquito population on the planet that can outsmart a professional exterminator, so don’t be afraid to contact one today!