In England, we’ve had a bit of a heat wave recently. Although it has been amazing enjoying the nice weather, for once, there has been one thing that has been a proper buzz kill (pardon the pun)… Mosquitoes!
For some reason, I seem to be a magnet for these biting insects and often find myself waking up littered with mosquito bites making me look like I deserve the lead role in the Creature From The Black Lagoon!
This got me thinking… What can I do to prevent these aggravating insects from using me as a late night feast? Well after speaking to our experts here at Rentokil, and searching the internet high and low, I found a range of simple techniques to help prevent mosquitoes at home.
How to get rid of mosquitoes in your house
Keeping mosquitoes out of your home is a relatively simple task and can be done making a few changes here and there, which is great right?
Just a heads up, these home remedies for mosquitoes in this blog aren’t a foolproof solution to fully exterminate these biting insects from your home. If you have a mosquito problem, your best option is to contact your local Rentokil office to control the issue.
How to keep mosquitoes away
Without further adieu here is a list of 7 simple tips to prevent mosquitoes in your home.
Getting your green fingers out is a great way to help prevent mosquitoes. During the day vegetation such as long grass and plants provide mosquitoes with a great place to rest and survive hot temperatures without drying out.
Because of this, it’s a great idea to regularly maintain your garden keeping the grass short to around 3” in height and keep plants and bushes trimmed and kept neat and tidy.
2. Invest in a fan
During the summertime, there’s nothing better than cooling down with a fan. But did you know these marvellous inventions can also help prevent mosquitoes?
Mosquitoes are quite weak flyers. So ceiling fans, as well as desk fans and tower fans, can all help repel mosquitoes by making it very difficult for them to fly, forcing them out of the room.
3.Get rid of water
Now I’m not saying dehydrate yourself, that would be ridiculous, especially in the hot weather.
Standing water found in buckets, drains, watering cans etc. provide mosquitoes with an excellent area to lay their eggs. So, to help make your home and garden less attractive to these pesky biting insects you should remove any standing water that might have collected in and around your home and garden.
4. Don’t forget the birds
While we are on the subject of standing water, we mustn’t forget bird baths.
These can be great additions to any garden, but the downside is, as you’ve probably guessed, they provide mosquitoes with a great place to breed. Don’t worry though, cleaning the bird bath regularly and replacing the water once a week can help prevent these biting insects.
5. Protect your pond
You’re probably thinking that if standing water attracts mosquitoes then what about ponds?
Well, you’re right! Ponds do provide mosquitoes with another opportunity to lay their eggs. Luckily, there is something you can do to prevent your pond from turning into a maternity ward for mosquitoes.
Pretty much, mosquitoes aren’t big fans of laying their eggs in moving water so installing a fountain, or a water agitator will help prevent mosquitoes in your garden.
6. What about your pets?
What’s another source of water for mosquitoes to lay their eggs in around your home and garden? Pet water dishes!
We all love our pets, and it’s important to ensure they always have some water at hand to drink when they are parched, but this can also attract mosquitoes. Have no fear though as changing the water regularly in your pets water dish will keep these blood suckers away!
7. Stock up on fine mesh
When it’s baking hot outside, keeping the doors and windows open is a great way to get some fresh, cool air into your home. The downside to this is that it creates an open invitation for mosquitoes to enter your home.
Don’t worry though, installing fine mesh screens which are bug tight (around 18×18 strands per inch) in doorways and windows can help block off the easy entrance points for mosquitoes whilst also letting you keep that cool breezy run through your home.
These simple tips can help get rid of mosquitoes in your home. However, it’s important to know that these aren’t foolproof solutions.
The best way to keep your home 100% safe from mosquitoes is to enlist the help of a pest control professional.
If you are worried about mosquitoes in your home then get in contact with the experts at Rentokil today.