If you think flies are a nuisance, wait until you meet a mosquito. Unlike the common fly, mosquitoes also bite and can carry potentially harmful diseases. Some people simply can’t avoid racking up the mosquito bites – it seems like the little parasites are just drawn to them. Others are rarely bitten and we really want to know their tricks.
The word mosquito is derived from Spanish, and means “little fly.” True to their name, they are exactly that, and more. Mosquitoes are ectoparasites, which means they are the type of parasites that live outside the body of the host. Female mosquitoes survive by consuming blood of the host, while male mosquitoes feed on plant nectar. If it stopped there, we wouldn’t mind so much, but the saliva of mosquitoes causes a mild rash, and mosquitoes can also carry and spread many dangerous diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, West Nile virus, and more. This makes mosquitoes one of the most dangerous species in the world.
How can you prevent this? Here are some ways to get rid of these annoying pests.
Don’t provide mosquitoes with places for breeding
Mosquitoes lay eggs in still and stagnant pools of water. So rather than dealing with them after they are born, it is much simpler and easier to prevent them from breeding by getting rid of any stagnant water in your surroundings. That way, they won’t be able to reproduce near your home and there will be fewer around.
Mosquitoes are most common in hot and tropical places, where people also tend to keep their windows and doors open for better ventilation. These act as entrances for mosquitoes, so sealing off windows and and doors with mosquito netting is advised. Also, when outdoors or in places with dangerous illnesses that can be spread by mosquitoes, surrounding yourself with mosquito nets while sleeping is recommended
Use insect repellents while doing outdoors activities. DEET (diethyltoluamide) is a common insect repellent that doesn’t actually kill the insects, but makes them disoriented and therefore repels them.
Cover up your body
When you don’t have access to mosquito nets and insect repellents, the best way to protect yourself is by covering up the body with clothes and covering your feet with shoes, even in hot weather. This should help to minimize the mosquito bites.
Use candles or lanterns
Wax containing geraniol or citronella or any other mosquito repellant can be burnt during lawn dinners or other late night outdoor activities to repel mosquitoes. They also look nice!
Clean your surroundings
Mosquitoes often grow around wet areas and standing water, and cause a great deal of harm. A good way to get rid of them is to find the spots they thrive and dry and clean the area.
These are simple but effective measures to prevent mosquito bites and their ill effects. Getting rid of mosquitoes on a larger scale has been largely unfruitful to date, so until we invent a large scale solution for mosquitoes, we should follow these simple instructions and keep ourselves safe from mosquitoes and their bites.