Mosquitoes occur in almost all countries. They appear in tropical areas all year round, in temperate climates only when the temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Wherever it is damp and there are enough breeding grounds, they can become a real nuisance. Some mosquitos carry diseases and can spread potentially dangerous diseases like Zika and West Nile Virus or worse Dengue or Malaria. Mosquitoes are annoying in warm summer evenings and make sitting porches a chore. But there are many ways to keep your yard mosquito-free and to protect yourself and your family from mosquitoes.
Why use Natural Mosquito Control?
Spraying synthetic chemicals in your yard can be an effective way to control mosquitos, but also has a negative effect on humans, pets, plants, and the multitude of beneficial small insects. Natural or Organic controls drive mosquitoes away from your home by making the indoor and outdoor unwelcome as possible to bites. So, the recommended option is to choose organic or natural alternatives rather than chemicals.
What are mosquitos good for?
- Mosquitoes are an essential part of the food chain and an important food source for migratory birds.
- Most mosquitoes are harmless to humans.
- Mosquitoes help in pollination.
- They Protect the rainforest areas and help to conserve valuable habitats for other animals.
Mosquitoes as disease carriers
These tiny insects are responsible for an estimated 725,000 human death every year. When mosquito bites, pathogens carried by the mosquito can be transmitted with the saliva to the bite victim.
The most important pathogens transmitted by mosquitoes include malaria, filariasis, dirofilariasis, yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile fever, chikungunya fever, Rift Valley fever. Most of these diseases, however, only occur in warm tropical regions. There, in particular, additional protection in the form of mosquito nets and insect repellents is of great importance.
Natural Ways to keep your yard mosquito-free
1- Banish standing Water
Standing water is the habitat of mosquitoes. The eggs become trapped in the larvae approximately 3 days later, and nearly 12 days later, the adults hatch and fly. Each female mosquito lays 400 eggs. The life cycle of each mosquito completes in 2 weeks. If you reduce the amount of standing water in your yards, you can definitely reduce the number of mosquitoes.
2- Prevent Mosquito Larvae from Maturing
he most significant control of the mosquitoes occurs when they are concentrated, immobile, and accessible. This emphasis focus on controlling the mosquitoes in their immature stages. Mosquitoes dunks and bites stop the larvae because it contains Thurengiensis Israelensis, a naturally occurring soil bacteria. Fishes also used in the ponds to clean it from larvae.
3- Mosquito Repelling Plants
You can grow your garden full of your own mosquito control by choosing plants that naturally keeps mosquitoes away from the yard. Mosquitoes repellent herbs and flowers increase the landscape of your yard too.
Mosquitoes repellent Plants: Citronella, Lemon Grass, Marigold, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Mint.
4- Ultrasonic Devices
Ultrasonic devices banish mosquitoes and other pests from your yard without any sound and scents. These devices emit ultrasonic waves that irritate mosquitoes, so they are forced to stay away. These are entirely free of any toxins, chemicals, and radiations. These plugins work in a limited area of your yard. You just have to plug in and enjoy your mosquito-free yard.
5- Natural Predators
Being an essential part of the food chain, they have numbers of predators. Attracting these predators to your yard can be an effective way of natural mosquito control. When we talk about to rid our yards from mosquitoes, a great way is to build bat houses and shelters to lure these flying mammals into your garden. Bats can consume hundreds of mosquitoes per hour. Setting up bird boxes or installing a purple martin house to attract many different birds can be another helpful way to control mosquito populations.
Natural Predators: Bats, Birds, Fishes (Eats’ larvae), Frogs and Tadpoles, Turtles, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Predacious Mosquitoes.
6- Use Essential Oils
Humans have long used plants and their derivates to treat repel mosquitoes and other pests. Essential oils made from plant extracts can be an environmentally friendly method of natural mosquito control. Many Natural scents repel mosquitoes, including Citronella, Peppermint, Lemongrass, and Geranium. These scents warn as an essential oil on your skin to help mosquitoes from biting you.
Essential Oil: Citronella, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Eucalyptus, Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Rosemary and, Lemongrass.
7- Mosquito Traps
If you want full control over the mosquitoes, then you need something besides repellent. Mosquito traps are the other solution that works by attracting and then killing mosquitoes. These traps also help to reduce the reproduction of female mosquitoes. These pesky insects are attracted to humans by the chemistry of CO2 emission. Mosquito magnet trap converts propane into CO2, attract mosquitoes, and kill them.
8- Create Your own Breeze
Fans can work to deter and repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are naturally weak fliers, and the speed of the fan helps to prevent them. Another fact about the fan’s effectiveness is that fans emit Carbon dioxide, Chemicals, and other odors that mosquito uses to locate host and feeding.