Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

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Six TipsHow to Get Rid of Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes, are nasty creatures. They bite,
they’re capable of transmitting terrible
diseases to people and pets and from what I
read, have no redeeming value in the
ecosystem. And if that’s not reason enough
to hate them, they can turn a beautiful
backyard, deck or patio into a nightmare
area not fit for humans during mosquito
season. But it doesn’t have to be that way
provided you are diligent to take control
of your home and property.
1. MOSQUITO TRAP. It’s been more than a
year since our big move and discovering we
would be having a mosquito problem here in
northern Colorado. My research knew no
bounds. Given the size of our property, I
purchased a Dynatrap, about
$130. The trap emits harmless CO2, which
mosquitoes find irresistible (no wonder
they love you so much-you emit CO2, too).
Powered by electricity, a Dynatrap has a
water tray to attract mosquitoes and a fan
that sucks the unsuspecting critters into
the trap. Every few weeks I empty my
mosquito morgue I mean trap. A
full trap is proof positive that this thing
is very effective. Dynatrap is whisper
quiet
and definitely not a bug zapper. No
sizzling noises, odors or other annoyances.
I give Dynatrap two thumbs up and five
stars, too.
2. REPELLANT. It is important to make sure
mosquito repellent is applied to any
exposed skin during mosquito season.
Repellents that contains Deet, picaridin,
oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 are the
most effective at warding off mosquitoes.
Pregnant women especially should choose a
repellent with Deet. Consumer Reports
recommends Sawyer Picaridin, Natrapel 8
Hour and Off! Deep
Woods VIII as being the best at keeping the
bugs at bay.
3. NATURAL HOMEMADE REPELLANT.
Mix 1 part lemon eucalyptus oil for every
10 parts witch hazel. Rub or spray on skin.
4. NIGHT PROTECTION. If you are going to
be spending an evening outdoors, make sure
to have adequate mosquito-repellent candles
and torches (don’t forget fuel). PLANT
LAVENDER. Plant lavender with abandon. It’s
easy to grow, produces a beautiful flower
and smells fantastic! Even better:
mosquitoes hate it and will stay away from
it.
5. STANDING WATER. This is where mosquitoes
breed in the thousands. Bird baths, fish
ponds, puddles, even flower-pot drip trays
and dog dishes are prime breeding grounds.
Empty or drain as much water as possible.
If you can’t drain a water source, try
pouring a couple of tablespoons of
vegetable oil on top to deny access to
mosquitoes and larvae. Note: Do not pour
vegetable oil into fish ponds; it inhibits
oxygen flow and can kill the fish.
6. CLEAN YARD. Keep your yard clean and
your vegetation under control.
Mosquitoes prefer densely vegetated areas
where they are protected from sun, wind,
and rain. Keep your lawn well-trimmed and
clear out piles of brush where moisture can
accumulate. Rake up leaves and dispose of
them when they start accumulating.
Author: Mary Hunt’s Everyday
Cheapskate blog
at www.everydaycheapskate.com

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