- Mosquito Misting Systems
Mosquito misting systems are large units that release a plume of insecticide to repel mosquitos and other pests. The most commonly used chemical is pyrethrin, an active ingredient derived from chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethrin is an effective mosquito deterrent and its low toxicity to humans and pets makes it a great option.
- Mosquito Trapping Systems
A portable unit that runs on propane and batteries, the mosquito trapping system is an effective way to rid your yard of mosquitos. They work by releasing carbon dioxide and heat to attract the mosquitos. Once the mosquitos are drawn to the unit they become tapped or killed using nets, heat, or certain chemicals. Although these systems are a cheaper alternative to the misting systems, they’re generally less effective.
For a low-tech, simpler option trying using an outdoor fan. A well-placed fan can be very effective at repelling mosquitos. Mosquitos are considered weak fliers. They have difficulty navigating even a moderate breeze. This is why mosquitos are less noticeable on a breezy night. Also, a fan does an excellent job of dissipating the heat and carbon dioxide our body’s release, making it harder for the mosquitos to pinpoint their targets.
- Citronella Candles & Torches
Citronella candles and torches are commonly used to help fend off mosquitos. If you enjoy spending your evening’s outdoors then you’ve likely encountered the strong and subjectively pleasant smell of citronella. Citronella works by masking the scents that typically attract mosquitos. It is a preferred choice for many, because it is non-toxic to humans and animals and relatively inexpensive.
- Dish of Soapy Water
A simple way to help reduce pesky mosquitos is by placing a larger dish of soapy water in your outdoor living space. The source of water attracts the mosquitos and when they come in contact with the soapy surface they become trapped.
- Control/Limit Breeding Sites
Mosquitos require a stagnant water sources to breed and lay their eggs. A 6-inch diameter container with a ½ inch of water is enough to create a breeding site. It only takes 8-10 days for eggs to become adult mosquitos. For this reason, it is important to refresh stagnant water sources and turn over anything that can collect water. Some common breeding sites include plant saucers, birdbaths, dog bowls, poor fitting tarps, and old tires.
This is perhaps one of the more over looked methods for controlling mosquitos, but being mindful of these sites may help you limit mosquito populations around your home.
If trying to incorporate these strategies seems like a hassle try Mosquito Eliminators. They offer a free initial spray that will provide a mosquito free zone for almost a month.