With summer in full swing, what’s your favorite thing to do? If it’s to spend time outdoors, frolicking in the pool or enjoying scrumptious food from the grill, then I’m sure we can all agree that pesky insects – especially mosquitoes – are an unwelcome sight.
Yet, as I’m sure most of you are already aware, this summer has brought one of the worst mosquito infestations. Not only do we fear getting eaten alive – but mosquitoes are a legitimate cause for health concerns. 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, saw an estimated 2,200 cases of West Nile Virus.
So, what’s a person to do? Stop entertaining? Forget about backyard barbeques? Avoid the pool like the plague? No, no, and a resounding no! You don’t have to hide inside. A variety of mosquito-repelling tools in every price range (even DIY friendly) options exist to keep the mosquito population – and their dinner party – at bay. Here are a few effective solutions on how you can do exactly that:
- Homemade Citronella Candles
Citronella candles are one of the most effective mosquito repellents in the world. These candles use Cymbopogon (lemongrass) as the active ingredient. The best way to take advantage of citronella? Use citronella essential oil, and soup cans, to make a DIY version of the candles. This ensures an natural alternative to the store-bought candles. Click here to learn how to make them.
- DEET: Spray-on Repellents
Off, Jungle Juice, or Repel are three popular insect repellents that utilize the chemical DEET. DEET is a safe chemical that repels insects away from the body. Many of the repellents available today carry the additional benefit of softening the skin – while others provide sun protection. These valuable products can be purchased rather inexpensively.
- Mosquito Misting Systems
Mosquito misting systems aren’t your average misting systems. These systems are designed to spray pesticides in a fine mist to kill mosquitoes and other outdoor insects. Much like traditional misters, these systems include spray nozzles that can be mounted around the perimeter of your backyard oasis, to eliminate pesky mosquitoes and other insects.
Most of market’s currently available systems are either tankless or drum-based; they can be activated by remote control or set on a timer. Active ingredients, which are EPA approved, include permethrin; pyrethrin; and piperonyl butoxide. These ingredients are safe around people and pets. The downside to the systems is the price as they range from $1,300 and up.
- Portable Traps and Systems
A less expensive, yet still effective, option for you is to invest in a portable trapping system. Many of these systems run off of propane and batteries (or 12V power). These traps are designed to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as this is what will lead to the effective breaking of the mosquitoes’ breeding cycle. It’s important to note that it typically takes 7 to 10 days to see a noticeable difference.