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controlling-mosquitos-summer-tipsAnyone who has ever been outside during the spring or summer enjoying a backyard barbeque or family event probably knows the sting of a mosquito. Very often, you don’t even see it coming. You’re just standing there having fun, chatting with friends and family, when there’s the slightest twinge of pain on your arm, back, leg, etc. You know you’ve been bitten by a mosquito, and there’s a good chance you didn’t even see the little sucker before he flew away.


Mosquitoes can be a dangerous insect, thanks to the types of diseases they can carry. Although you might get bitten by a hundred or more without incident, all it takes is one disease-carrying parasite and you could contract something very harmful.


These parasites aren’t restricted to outside your home. Which is why we’re going to look at a few ways of controlling mosquitoes that have  found their way into your home.


Search for stagnant water


Make sure that there isn’t any stagnant water to be found inside your home, such as areas where drains or faucets are dripping and causing a small puddle. This is where mosquitoes breed, and they can sometimes hatch a few hundred eggs at a time. If the mosquitoes that have invaded your home have no way to reproduce, it won’t be long before they either die or simply leave. But don’t limit your search to inside your home. Also search around your property for any signs of a stagnant water breeding ground, as well.


Use sprays, even inside your home


One element of controlling mosquitoes comes down to keeping them away from you once they’re inside. The last thing you want is to be bitten while you’re trying to enjoy a little television after a long day of work. There are plenty of body sprays on the market that are intended to repel mosquitoes or make you “invisible” to them. Of course, another spray that you might find yourself reaching for will be of the poisonous variety. If you decide to follow that course of action, just be aware of where you’re spraying in case you have children or pets.


Install proper screening


Even though mesh screening is mostly intended to be used outside the home, certain houses can benefit from having it inside, as well. It depends on the set up of your house and the types of extra rooms that you might have, especially if you have a swimming pool just outside. Another way of controlling mosquitoes in this fashion is to set up screening just outside, especially in the swimming pool area. This will stop them from entering your home in the first place, which makes them much easier to deal with.



Photo Credit:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s Public Health Image Library