It is no longer a secret that chemicals have ruined the world that surrounds us. No wonder many companies and institutions are trying every means to go green in a bid to stop environmental degradation. But the battle for a clean and safe environment cannot be won by institutions and corporations alone. In fact, this battle should start from our households because that is where most of the harmful chemicals come from. We can win this battle if we become conscious of what chemicals we use for various tasks at home.
Insects have invaded almost every homestead at some point. Mosquito is considered the deadliest of all other insects. According to figures released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), mosquitoes kill more than one million people every year. The statistics don’t factor in deaths resulting from mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika.
So, when it comes to mosquito control, you have all the justification to use harsh chemicals to get rid of them permanently. But before you head out to buy these insecticides, remember that the negative impact caused by these chemicals isn’t worth it. This is where all natural mosquito control can help to eliminate all the mosquitoes in your yard without harming the environment.
Destroying their breeding sites
You can mosquito-proof your homestead by destroying their breeding sites. Check thoroughly on your property for standing water in areas such as clogged gutters, kiddie pools, pet bowls, tarps, watering cans and also around potted plants. It’s also important to keep your lawn mowed and weeding flower beds to prevent water from collecting on the leaves. If you have a pond or a birdbath in your compound, you will need to treat it with Bacillus thuringiensis, naturally occurring bacteria that feed on mosquito larvae and doesn’t cause harm to animals or human beings.
In the food chain, almost every organism has its prey. You can do away with the mosquito in your yard by introducing their predators such s dragonflies, bats, and swallows. By hanging just on bat house on a tree, you can invite more than 50 brown bats that will feed on thousands of mosquitoes every night.
Planting mosquito repellant plants
Certain plants such as lavender, marigolds, basil and lemon balm are known to have mosquito-repellent properties. Combining these plants with other natural techniques can help in keeping mosquitoes off your yard for good.
Building a mosquito trap
You can also lure mosquitoes into a trap that contain a sugar and yeast blend. A homemade mosquito trap can be made using a plastic water bottle with the year and sugar blend in it. This trap is then left in a dark and humid area for a few weeks to trap mosquitoes.
Hiring a professional
For individuals with a serious mosquito problem, especially the people living around dams and in humid areas, I would recommend hiring an expert pest control service. These experts will not only kill the mosquitoes but will also offer valuable tips to keep your family safe from these nasty creatures.