Those pesky little bitters need a dose of repellents. That makes your work rather easy. However, there’s a difference between killing them and getting rid of them. You can easily use some of the best sprays available out there to kill them or you can follow the time-taking and time-tested ways to get rid of them. The choice is entirely yours. We highly recommend that you go for mosquito repellents for yard. To help you explore all your options, let’s see how you can get rid of these winged devils. Here are tips on how to get rid of mosquitoes from your home.
Patch gaps in your windows
No matter how small they are, they still need gaps to get inside your house. To prevent this, you’d have to do what is tiresome but necessary, which is looking for gaps in your doors, windows, and any entry point. Doing this also saves you a big headache of getting mosquitoes back in your house when you have invested in sprays.
So, do it at the earliest.
Mosquito nets might be underrated, but they are an effective way to keep the pests away. These come cheap and not to mention, they are effective against loads of other bitters, whether crawling or flying. Using nets is essentially important when you sleep outside. But you still can use them inside the house.
Keep in mind, though, that nets don’t kill mosquitoes.
There are tons of DIY traps on the internet and we’d share one here, too.
- Take a bottle and cut it in half
- Place the bottom half on a table and insert the other half inverted into it
- Now take around one and a half cup of sugar and an equal amount of water. Boil the mixture until the sugar is dissolved
- After that, add around two cups of cold water and leave the mixture to sit at room temperature
- Add the mixture to the bottle
- Add one teaspoon of yeast
- Use glue or tape to secure the trap and leave it out in the open or where you sleep
This trap is quite old and since its inception, it has been helping people of all sorts.
How does it work?
It works by attracting mosquitoes to the sugar. The yeast in the trap consume sugars and produce carbon dioxide, which the mosquitoes love actually. As they enter the bottle and touch the source of CO2 – the sugar solution, they get trapped and eventually killed.
How satisfying is that?
You can also find other traps out there. The benefit of using traps is that they are economical and known for their effectiveness.
Some soaps, especially, outdoor soaps are known to infuse with your sweat to produce a distinct smell. The smell is good for you and those around you, but it keeps mosquitoes at bay. Anything smell that can mask your warmth and body smell works great.
Install outdoor fans
Besides other smells, what mosquitoes can’t cope with is wind. You might have noticed that in windy conditions, mosquitoes are fewer. Therefore, to emulate that, install oscillating fans in the outdoor. That should guarantee a well-deserved night outside with your family.
Use Neem Oil and Coconut oil mixture
These two can make a helluva mixture to help you get rid of mosquitoes. Take equal portions of the two and apply or spray it on your skin for high effectiveness. And since these oils have beneficial aspects as well, you can stay worry-free about a possible attack on your skin. At the end of it, you’ll feel that your skin has improved.
Essential oil candles
There are many essential oil candles out there, but we particularly, prefer lavender candles. The magic is in their smell as well as the smoke they create. Mosquitoes and even other bugs cannot bear them at all. All you have to do is buy a candle and ignite it for the time you’re out in your yard. You would spend the time of your life, surrounded by nature at its best. That’s our promise.
Bug zappers are nets that have electrical conductivity. You guessed it right. It kills mosquitoes and unfortunately other bugs by electrocuting them. The only downside of using these nets is that they can kill useful or harmless bugs such as bees. Therefore, only use them when there are a lot of stingers out there.
Get rid of stagnant water
Stagnant water is the breeding ground of mosquitoes. This should be the first thing to do in your yard. Do away with all the ponds and water bodies that are present in your backyard and you’d experience the difference yourself. Any stray female mosquito won’t find a place to lay her eggs and thus, you’d be able to enjoy your yard in peace.
Place a Thermacell
A Thermacell container is one of its kind when it comes to getting rid of mosquitoes. It does not emit any foul smell. It does not spray anything. And it does not create a mess on your patio. Providing up to 15 feet of protection, you can easily use them and then refill them. Voila! Work was done easily and mess-free.
Get rid of damp places
Dark places are their favorites. Add moisture to it and you will create one of its favorite habitats to flourish. Therefore, remove any damp and dark places in your yard. Trim your lawn and trees, spray your shrubs and make sure your grass is tidy and looked after.
Plant natural repellents
After cleaning your lawn and trimming the trees, shrubs, and grass, it’s time you do the actual work. Plant natural repellents that not only look good but also do the work.
Some of the plants to look for are
Besides growing these, make sure you put down plenty of cedar mulch to keep the soil dry as well as do away with the mosquitoes because it is an excellent mosquito repellent for the yard.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.