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All About Mosquitoes And The Best Ways To Prevent Them

I believe there are three creatures that most people on earth hate: mosquitoes, cockroaches, and rats. Especially in the summer, you never know when mosquitoes will be around. And at night, it will be tirelessly buzzing around your ears. Mosquitoes are hard to find and destroy quickly. The most unpleasant thing is that it will make your bite place itchy and swollen. Sometimes you can scratch the skin off. And how to effectively prevent mosquitoes has been a popular issue. In the warmer weather, indoor and outdoor prevention of mosquitoes is different. We will also introduce you to the most common mosquito types, maybe next time when you find a mosquito you can also identify its species!

getting bitten by mosquitoes

Three common types of mosquitoes

Although there are many different species of mosquitoes, only three of these categories constitute the majority of medically relevant diseases. They are also the three most common mosquitoes indigenous to today.

Aedes aegypti

This genus of mosquitoes includes Aedes vexans, Aedes albopictus, Aedes aegypti, Aedes triseriatus and Aedes solicitous. Found in tropical and subtropical regions, these mosquitoes are the most notorious for transmitting diseases. Aedes aegypti bites can cause yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile, and chikungunya fever, and have recently added the Zika virus to their list. They are usually found in ponds, wetlands, flower pots, and water tanks. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes come in a wide variety of species and you can find them often in your home.

Aedes_aegypti

 

Culex mosquitoes

They are usually found during the summer months and are most active at night. Culex pipiens, also known as the house mosquito, prefer to feed at dusk and night. The mosquito primarily transmits the West Nile virus and western equine encephalitis. Culex pipiens has a brown or light gray body with brown wings, and it generally thrives in contaminated or stagnant water. It can be found throughout the US.

Culex mosquitoes

Anopheles

Commonly found in swamps and ponds, it is usually seen at dusk and dawn. Its greatest characteristic is malaria transmission, so it requires special attention. It is also found in the eastern part of the US.

Anopheles

 

By the way, I'll tell you one more fact about mosquitoes. Both male and female mosquitoes feed on the sugars in plants. But the female will feed on the blood to nourish the eggs, it can even absorb heavier blood than their weight.

Indoor mosquito prevention tips

Keep them out: This is the first and most critical point to prevent their entry. A standard method is to add screens so that ventilation can be maintained even during the summer months. If your home has a gap in the door, it is best to use a door strip to block the gap. Because not only mosquitoes but also other insects may enter through the gap.

Window screens

 

Insect repellents: There are various categories of insect repellents and insect traps on the market. Insect repellents generally rely on smell or ultrasound to emit odors and audio that are unpleasant to bugs. Being able to keep it away from you, insect traps attract mosquitoes into the trap by emitting light. Once they get in, it kills them.

Natural insect repellent plants: If you don't like machines, you can choose to grow mosquito-proof plants. These plants are not too big, so you can easily put them indoors. These plants are basil, lemongrass, marigold, and mint.

Bug spray: Mosquitoes usually like moist areas, so you can spray these areas with bug spray. If you don't like sprays that have chemical ingredients, you can put drops of tea tree oil in the water. This is also a natural way to repel mosquitoes.

Prevent Mosquito Bites

Outdoor mosquito prevention tips

Create a bug-free space: If you want to stay outdoors for a long time, you need a mosquito-free space. For example, want to dine and relax in your backyard. Then you will need a screened canopy to help you avoid the annoying mosquitoes. The mesh sidewalls keep mosquitoes at bay, but they also keep you cool in the summer. A pop-up canopy with netting not only can be used in the backyard. But it is the best mosquito protection if you need to go to the park for a picnic.

Quictent 13’ X 13’ Hexagonal Gazebo

 

Clean up your backyard: If you have grass or a pond in your backyard, it is best to clean it up at regular intervals during the summer. Remove the weeds to avoid the grass growing too high. This will limit the resting place for mosquitoes to breed, thus eliminating them. The pond is one of the favorite places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Swimming pools can be chlorinated to avoid mosquitoes, and ponds can add goldfish or koi to eat mosquito larvae.  Best to regularly clean up all kinds of places of standing water, whether it may be standing water items or drains that are likely to breed mosquitoes. If you don't have backyard storage, a screened canopy can also store your outdoor stuff when it rains.

clean backyard

 

The same anti-mosquito plants: Just like the indoor anti-mosquito plants that can be grown, these plants can also help a lot outdoors. If you want a more organized garden, a garden bed is the best helper. They also prevent other pests from infesting the plants.

Conclusion

Keeping mosquitoes away is a big priority in the summer, and getting bitten by them can ruin a good day. There is also the possibility of causing allergies and other ill effects. If you're already being bothered by mosquitoes at home or outdoors, start trying the various ways in this article. I hope you have a peaceful, safe summer.