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Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes

 

Each and every one of us has been bitten at some point in our lives by mosquitoes.

 

That annoying itchy feeling after we have been bitten by mosquitoes is the worst, scratching like a mad man whether it be on the bus to work or the comfort in our homes.

 

With mosquitoes come diseases depending where the mosquitoes have come from. Only female mosquitoes will bite their unsuspecting victims.

 

The diseases that are associated with mosquitoes are:

 

  • Malaria
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue fever
  • Chikungunya
  • Ross river virus
  • Murray valley encephalitis
  • Barmah forest virus

 

What attracts mosquitoes to bite us and how can we get rid of them in a natural way?

 

When mosquitoes bite their victims they will also inject their salvia into the skin to prevent your blood clotting. Their salvia is what causes the itch once we have been bitten.

 

  • Lemon scented geranium is great, mosquitoes can’t stand this plant
  • Remove any water source which is on your property as this is the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes
  • Install fly screens over windows and a screen door both for your front and back door
  • In a small dish place left over coffee which has been grounded and mix with a small amount of water
  • Citronella candles are great if you are having a BBQ
  • Get a small dish and place one camphor tablet and dilute with water (you can get these tablets from chemist warehouse
  • Put a cover over your pool, if you have a baby pool turn it over and turn buckets upside down
  • Put pets water bowls away at the end of the day so mosquitoes cannot breed
  • In an oil burner place one teaspoon of vanilla oil and one teaspoon of olive oil and let the aromas deter the mozzies
  • Catnip plants and oils will also work a treat
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil in an oil burner just watch the mosquitoes disappear

 

Further Reading:

Mosquitoes In Sydney

Mosquito Facts

What Services Does Redline Pest Control Have To Offer

Mosquitoes in Sydney at its worse this summer

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney
Mosquitoes Sydney

 

Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

You’ve heard of the expression slip slop slap which is usually referred to the good old Aussie sun but with the buzzing, biting and scratching which seems to be the norm with Sydneysiders experiencing the worse mosquito outbreak this summer it looks as though we need to take to the expression of that famous Aussie lingo and apply it so we reduce the risk of being bitten alive by those pesky Mosquitoes.

 

With Sydney having a very warm spring and summer starting off with a lot of rain makes it ideal for mosquitoes to breed.

 

Even though Mosquitoes often bite at dawn to night they are known to also sink their Proboscis (mouthpiece almost like an elongated snout) in to our skin for feeding.

 

We often don’t feel the actual bite itself but rather the itching and localised swelling afterwards.

 

Unfortunately Mosquitoes can carry a range of human viruses and diseases such as Dengue fever, Yellow Fever, Malaria, Murray Valley Encephalitis, Ross River Virus, Kunjin Virus, Barmah Forest Virus and many more.

 

With over 30 species of Mosquitoes here in Sydney it is vital for us to try an eliminate water sources which is around our home.

 

If you have areas where there is stagnant water such as pets drinking bowels, pot plant saucers, non-draining gutters, tarps, bird baths etc you will need to tip the water out on a daily basis and refill as when the mosquitoes lay their eggs in these areas and it will take roughly about 10 days for the larvae to hatch and turn into adult Mosquitoes.

 

Mosquitoes are around 3-6mm long and have 3 basic body parts which consist of the following:

 

1. Head – The head is where the Mosquitoes sensory system is located. The Mosquito eyes are compounded, antennae’s and the Mosquitoes proboscis which is their elongated snout which is used for biting into flesh.
2. Thorax – The thorax is the segment where the mosquito’s heart, legs and wings are attached to.
3. Abdomen – This segment is where the excretory organs and digestive system lie.

 

Here is 10 ways you can prevent Mosquitoes in Sydney from entering your premises.

 

1. Make sure that all windows have fly screens.
2. Any doors have fly screens and kept closed.
3. Burning citronella has its benefits as the strong smell mask any attractions the Mosquito has in finding you.
4. Plant marigolds, horsemint, ageratum, lavender, basil, lemon thyme and catnip as they have a potent smell which repels Mosquitoes.
5. Buy repellent sprays or roll ons from any good camping or supermarket stores.
6. In an oil burner put oil of lemon eucalyptus as this will ward of Mosquitoes.
7. Mosquitoes are attracted to dark and bright colours, try wearing colours which are softer or dull colours.
8. Put a Mosquito net over your bed when you sleep at night draw the net around you.
9. Eliminate any water source in and around your home as this will attract the Mosquitoes.
10. Garlic oil diluted with water, spray on your grass after you have had rain, spray around any fountains you have on your property and you can even spray yourself if you don’t mind the smell.

 

Further reading on Mosquitoes in Sydney

 

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