Get Rid of Mosquitoes

If you really want your life to be mosquito free, you can try some of these tips to get rid of mosquitoes.

The more you learn about what mosquitoes like, what attracts them and what drives them away, the more likely it is that you will be able to combat them and be able to meet your goal: to get rid of mosquitoes.

Clothing Choices

Mosquitoes have a strange fashion sense. They are attracted to dark colored clothing. If you are going to be outside, and may be exposed to them, wear light colored clothing.

This is probably because mosquitoes don’t see very well and a large, dark object is probably more easily spotted by them. And, if a mosquito targets another host, it may not be dead (and that is first choice), but it will get rid of mosquitoes who bite you.

Too sweetly scented

Avoid perfumes, colognes, after-shave and other scented cosmetics. Mosquitoes are attracted to many of them. No one knows exactly which ones they like, so the best plan is to avoid all of them if you know you are going to be outside. After all, you wear these products to make yourself more attractive to humans. But if you are covered in whelps and scratching furiously, you probably score down quite a few points on the attraction scale. While it isn’t a means to mosquito kill, it does let you get rid of mosquitoes who are targeting you!

Spirited beverages

Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Human breath contains a form of alcohol, even if you have had nothing alcoholic to drink. Mosquitoes are attracted to all of the chemicals in exhalation. Drinking alcoholic beverages just enhances the effect. That wonderful cooling Daiquiri is mosquito bait, so stick with iced tea.

Cover up

If you are going to be outside, wear long sleeves, long pants, and keep exposed skin to a minumum. For campers, hikers and backpackers, this is especially true.

And, if you are going to be sleeping outdoors, be sure to get a good tent that keeps them out. One of the best we have seen is a a tent that you can inflate.

And, don’t forget that mosquito nets are a great way to protect yourself too.

Nets aren’t just for campers, homeowners can also get mosquito nets for the patio, that will cover an entire table, and they are really attractive.

Dry spaces

Keep all standing water out of your yard. Ponds and water features with still water are like a mosquito Club Med. The female will seek out still water to lay her eggs.

Even with moving water, like streams, the female will find a pocket of still water and lay the eggs in a place where the eggs will not be affected by the current. And, any amount of standing water is enough. Even a small bottle cap with water in it is a potential mosquito farm. Just think about how many larvae a plant saucer can hold.

Unless you are using Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits, change water daily in birdbaths, pet bowls, and other outside water containers. Be sure your gutters are kept clear and draining well. And, if you can, find a way to keep water moving in birdbaths and ponds.

Good Housekeeping

Keep brush and fallen leaves cleared away. Mosquitoes like to rest and hide in shady areas with lots of cover. Even day feeders, Asian tiger mosquito , hang out in moist shady spots while waiting on a meal. A mostly sunny yard means fewer places for them to hide, so consider keeping your yard more exposed to sun than shade.

Vitamin Boost

During mosquito season, supplement your diet with vitamin B-1. For some reason, it serves as a repellant to them. Consult your doctor or pediatrician for the proper dose and usage.

Bananas Off Limits

Mosquito season is not the time for eating bananas. No one knows why, but mosquitoes love what bananas do to your body chemistry. Leave that banana split for winter, if you want an additional way to discourage them.

Mosquito Eaters

Encourage natural predators in your yard. Birds, frogs, toads, lizards, bats and especially dragonflies all help to get rid of mosquitoes in your yard.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes don’t have any natural predators that could be a challenge to the species, just a few kinds of wildlife that at least get rid of some of them.

Just think of attracting these animals as one more weapon you can use to get rid of mosquitoes. Invite as many as you can, it can’t hurt.

Mosquito Fish

If you want to have a pond or other water feature in your yard, stock it with fish. Mosquito fish will eat the mosquito larvae and help to provide a natural control to limit mosquito populations.

And, don’t forget to add some Mosquito Dunks, they will kill the mosquito larvae, but leave the fish unharmed. Mosquito fish are a great way to get rid of mosquitoes, they can consume up to 100 larvae a day. Just look at this hungry fellow about to snare a mosquito larvae!

Mosquito Plants

The verdict is still out on this strategy. Some people swear by mosquito plants as good repellants. Others say the plants don’t do a thing to repel mosquitoes. So, experiment. Instead of planting these plants to repel mosquitoes, decide if you want them in your landscape because you like them, whether or not they repel mosquitoes.

Maybe Marigolds?

And don’t forget to plant marigolds. They have a natural mosquito repellant effect because of their pungent aroma. Marigolds look attractive in the landscape, and are easy to grow, so add a few to your flowerbed. Again, plant them because you want them in your yard, not because they will repel all mosquitoes.

The common factor in using these plants to repel mosquitoes seems to be that you must crush the leaves to release the aromatic substances that serve as mosquito repellants.

While some of these tips may, or may not, get you the desired result, to get rid of mosquitoes easy to implement and at least worth trying if you are going to qualify as a serious mosquito warrior.