Besides being a relentless invader, mosquitoes are disease-carrying voracious breeders, generally laying more than 200 eggs. The majority of adult females laid their eggs in stagnant water, without being fussy about the location. While most homeowners typically look out for places mosquitoes populate like casual puddles or flowerpots, or discarded bottles, these insects also breed in ingenious locations.
Aquatic plants, temporary puddles, located inside of hollowed tree trunks, and anywhere along the tiniest water’s edge, making it challenging to shut out the trespasser - but not impossible.
Here are three effective methods to kill off mosquitoes;
The best weapon and the most effective remedy you have against mosquitoes are insecticides. The chemicals kill the mosquitoes and their eggs. However, these chemically-combined substances can be toxic, and not always the best solution for every family. When you consider allergies, children, and pets, chances are you'd rather not blanket the indoors with chemicals, therefore, try more natural solutions. With that being said, insecticides used outdoors, where mosquitoes lay their eggs, can undoubtedly cut down on a summer invasion. While this solution presents its own hurdles, it’s the most effective remedy. When in doubt, allow a Brookhaven pest control expert to perform an analysis and provide recommendations.
#2 Vinegar and Sugar.
The most common home remedy to kill mosquitoes is with a solution of sour or sweet components. Mosquitoes are attracted to the smell. Use a shallow bowl and pour enough vinegar to cover the bottom. Cover the top with clear plastic, and punch holes in the top. This allows mosquitoes to enter, but unable to find their way back out. When the container has accumulated many mosquitoes or vinegar has lost its smell, change it.
Mosquitoes are also attracted to sugary sweet smells. Switch the vinegar with a cup of sugary soda or fruit juice and prepare it the same way as the vinegar and the insects will become trapped inside the cup.
#3 Plants that Repel Insects.
Marigold, lemongrass, mint and rosemary all have a harmonious smell for homeowners, but mosquitoes find it unpleasant. All attractive in gardens, and require very little water, and the pungent smells keep mosquitoes at bay. For the indoor environment, homeowners can place plants nearest doors and windows to combat any invaders from sneaking in. The pungent smell of fresh cut lemongrass, near open windows can also be a great deterrent.
Admittedly, the plants won’t kill off mosquitoes but it can help control them. These remedies can be surprisingly effective, but for those instances where you’re losing the war, its best to allow an Atlanta pest control professional to evaluate your situation and rule out infestation.