Mosquitoes are unfortunately one of the downsides of weather you might otherwise be delighted by. And, hearing the whine of a mosquito flying past your ear as you nod off to sleep is not a welcome experience...
Some home pests can be merely annoying, while others can be destructive or a health hazard, and our guide to how to get rid of pests has all information you need on evicting the invaders of our homes and gardens.
Mosquitoes are definitely on the list of house-sharers you don’t want, and if you’re prone to getting bitten, you’ll know why. Mosquito bites can be really itchy, and may even bring you up in blisters.
Fortunately, there are natural repellents, clever buys and smart tactics you might not have thought of to put off these nasties. Can’t wait to rid yourself of these troublesome pests? Read on and head to our cleaning hub for more knowledge on keep your space spick and span.
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1. Stop them coming in the windows
Obvious, right? But the fact is that if it’s hot overnight you won’t want to prevent the intrusion of mosquitoes by keeping the windows shut. The solution is to fit insect screens to your windows that still allow you to open them.
Even if your windows are made from uPVC it is possible to get interior screens, including roll-down versions that you can move out of the way when you don’t need them.
For a budget solution, you could go for netting you can cut to size and Velcro around the window, such as Moegfy Window Screen Mosquito Netting.
Moegfy Window Screen Mosquito Netting comes with self-adhesive Velcro tape, which you position on the window frame. The white netting can then be pressed into position and trimmed for an exact fit.
2. Say goodbye to standing water
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant fresh water, so your garden could be the source of the problem. Don’t think you have any standing water? It could be in a blocked gutter on your house, an old bucket in the garden, a wheelbarrow that’s not tipped up for storage, old pots round the back of your shed, a watering can, and so on. Scour the outside of your home for all the possible sites and get rid of the standing water.
If you have a water butt to conserve rainwater, you don’t need to give up on it, but do make sure it has a well-fitting lid.
3. Pay attention to your pond
Yes, we know we said no standing water but there are actually a couple of strategies you can use if your pond is a prime site for mosquitoes. The first is to improve the aeration and water flow of your pond by adding a pump and a feature such as a fountain or a waterfall.
If your pond doesn‘t have fish in it, now’s the time to get some, too. Goldfish and others eat mosquito larvae, so you’ll be feeding your fish and dealing with your mosquito problem.
4. Attract bats to your garden
While fish will eat mosquito larvae, bats will eat the adult mosquitoes. But how best to make your garden bat-friendly? You could invest in a bat box – or better several – for your plot. The best place to position them is in sheltered sunny spots, and at least four to five metres above ground level. Make sure the boxes aren’t located where you or the cat will disturb the bats.
You could also add in flowers, climbers, shrubs and trees that will encourage bats to your garden. There’s plenty of choice, including honeysuckle, buddleia, lavender, sea holly, evening primrose, and tobacco plant, plus hawthorn, hazel, English oak and silver birch.
5. Use plants
Try growing the plants that are reputed to put off mosquitoes in your garden. These include lavender (which is one of the bat-attracting plants as well, see above, and therefore a double win), basil, marigolds, and catnip.
6. Try a fan
Create a breeze and you can deter mosquitoes, which are apparently relatively weak fliers. A fan has another advantage: it’ll disperse the carbon dioxide you exhale and which attracts them.
7. Trap the pests
If the mosquitoes are still making it through your defences, think about getting a trap for the inside of your home. Some are heavy duty affairs that aren’t the loveliest items plus they’re nosy, but we like the Adokey Indoor Mosquito Lamp because it’s pretty quiet, and doesn’t use chemicals to do away with the home invaders.
Clear your bedroom of biting bugs with the Adokey Indoor Mosquito Lamp. It’s compact and lightweight, and comes with a USB charging cable.