Mosquitoes are not only annoying but can strike fear into the hearts of many as they are a potential carrier of diseases. Make sure you protect yourself against mosquitoes and reduce the risk of transmitting the diseases they carry around.
If you live in an area with a high mosquito population, you need to make sure that you have preventative measures in place day and night. Some mosquitoes have their peak biting periods during dusk and dawn, while other species are active throughout the day. Warm, humid days will promote mosquito activity when you are just about to enjoy an al fresco evening.
In this article, we cover how to get rid of mosquitoes outdoors and at home, so you will keep those little nippers at bay.
Fun fact: While both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar, the ones that bite humans and other animals are female mozzies! Female mosquitoes bite because they need blood to produce their eggs – the eggs require protein and iron found in human and animal blood, to allow them to develop properly.
How to get rid of mosquitoes in the yard
In tropical areas of Australia, mosquitoes can transmit a number of nasty diseases so it is important to be aware of measures to keep from being bitten – whether that be through wearing appropriate clothing to minimise the risk of being bitten, using insecticides to clear or repel mosquitoes from an area, or employing a little regular housekeeping around your backyard.
Reduce the risk of mosquitoes around the home
Stagnant water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes so check for water build-up in places around your yard and garden and make sure to get rid of it. Empty out cans, clear blocked guttering and tip out water in empty plant pots and any containers that hold water.
Don’t forget to clean up your backyard by removing any rubbish, such as plastic bags, that may hold water. Also make sure to keep septic tank openings covered and securely screened, and to drain stagnant pools or puddles around your home. If you have a swimming pool, make sure that it is properly cleaned and chlorinated as neglected pools can be also provide a breeding ground for mozzies.
How to control mosquitoes at home
If you spot a mosquito flitting about outside in your garden or yard, there are ways to prevent them from making it inside your home. Using insecticides such as the Mortein NaturGard Automatic Control System Multi-Insect Spray for Indoor and Outdoor use will clear or repel the mosquitoes from the area – just set and forget for all day protection indoors and protection during your leisure time on the patio.
Learn more about some of the methods used to control the mosquito population in Australia, including the pros and cons of mosquito fogging, in our article.