Mosquitoes are irritating pests in our Bradenton service area. But they are more than irritating. They can also present a danger when they come into your yard and start biting you. Mosquitoes are linked to a long list of diseases. Today we're going to discuss three types of mosquito prevention and how they work to prevent mosquito bites.
1. Personal-Prevention Tips
The most obvious way to prevent mosquito bites is to apply personal prevention methods. These are great for when you're going to go somewhere away from your home. But they may be a bit impractical every time you want to go out into your yard.
Mosquito repellent is the number one deterrent for mosquitoes. While not 100 percent effective, it can make a big difference. Apply repellents to your skin or to your clothing. If you don't want to put chemicals on your body, you can use natural repellents made with oil of lemon eucalyptus and other natural oils.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants. On days when it isn't swelteringly hot outside, this can be a good option. It provides less exposed skin for mosquitoes to bite.
Wear bright colors. Mosquitoes have poor eyesight. They often fly low to the ground and use your silhouette to lock onto you. Bright colors make this more difficult.
Refrain from drinking alcohol outside. All it takes is one beer to make you more attractive to mosquitoes. It is best to be the designated driver at outdoor parties and special events.
2. Yard-Prevention Tips
When mosquitoes enter your yard, or when mosquitoes come out of hiding places in your yard to bite you, these tips can make you less of a target.
Plant mosquito-resistant plants near outdoor recreation areas. Brush these plants with your hand to activate the scent and apply the oils from the plants to your skin and clothing to ward off mosquitoes.
Some great plants to have around are citronella grass, lavender, scented geraniums, and marigolds.
If you'll be sitting in one spot, use a fan to make it harder for mosquitoes to land on you. Mosquitoes aren't the best of fliers. Sometimes, all it takes is a light breeze to keep them away.
Screens are the best way to keep mosquitoes out of exterior recreation areas. If you're able to screen-in an area, that is the best way to go.
Things to avoid:
Bug zappers are effective at luring mosquitoes into your yard but will do little or nothing to eliminate female mosquitoes. Those are the ones that bite you.
Devices that create smoke aren't repellent enough to stop a determined female mosquito, and smoke can easily be blown away from the area by a breeze.
3. Address Breeding Sites
Most of the mosquitoes that bite you are your mosquitoes. What do we mean? Mosquitoes don't fly around in your neighborhood looking for someone to bite. They're pretty lazy. They would much rather hang out in a bush, or in some other sheltered location and wait for you to come out of your home. This is why removing breeding sites can make a big difference in how often you are bitten in your yard. Here are some tips:
Remove containers. If something can capture rainwater, it can be a breeding site for mosquitoes. A female can lay 100 eggs at a time in stagnant water sources that are at least 1 inch deep.
Pour water out. It takes over a week for mosquitoes to develop from eggs to adults that are able to fly (and bite). When you pour water out onto the ground, those developing mosquitoes dry out and die.
Address moisture. Some mosquitoes breed on damp ground. You can reduce moisture near your home by cleaning gutters, watering plants in the morning, and reducing shade.
4. Mosquito Treatments In Bradenton
If you want the best protection, you need to actively eliminate mosquitoes that come into your yard. This is where we can help. At Keller's Pest Control, we use the most advanced mosquito control methods and products. Our systematic approach will give your Bradenton yard what it needs to break the cycle of mosquito reproduction. Connect with us today to learn more or to schedule service.