Fighting the Bite
The mosquito is a biting pest so common in the northeastern U.S. that many people keep some type of repellent on hand year-round. As a result, there is no shortage of mosquito deterrents on the market.
Mosquito repellents in the form of sprays, water treatments, foggers, and candles are all available in addition to a wide variety of home remedies. However, each comes with its own benefits and drawbacks.
Chemical Mosquito Repellents
Residents can choose from many mosquito repellent sprays and lotions. Based on the amount and type of chemicals they contain, their success and safety vary. A few are gentle enough to use on skin, while some are best for clothes and gear. Others target larvae in water or release insecticide into the air.
This method for getting rid of mosquitoes provides short-term relief from bites. However, these repellents wear away over time or come off with thorough washing. They can also cause skin irritation or other issues if applied incorrectly.
Natural Mosquito Repellents
Another way to repel mosquitoes relies on smell and taste. Some people use lemon or eucalyptus oil to keep the insects away. Citronella candles are a popular home remedy for mosquitoes as well.
Like chemical treatments, natural mosquito repellents such as plant oils can irritate skin and may not be safe for children. These scents could deter the pests for a time, but they can’t truly stop an infestation.
One of the most effective ways to limit mosquitoes in yards is getting rid of standing water. Fix gutters, plant rain gardens to soak up excess water, and drain puddles to deny the pests a place to breed.
These insects are experts at surviving anywhere from cities to swamps, so no single control plan or mosquito repellent works in every case. The surest way to deter mosquitoes is to call Western Pest Services. Technicians can inspect the property to decide the best course of action.