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How to get rid of mosquitoes - TOP 20 ways

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Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn't mean mosquitoes will disappear. They may bother us until October as long as night temperatures remain above freezing. In this article we will share ways to get rid of mosquitoes both in the apartment and in the country, using both folk remedies and advanced technologies. Our tips will help you avoid painful bites, itchy skin and annoying buzzing at night. Also learn about effective mosquito control methods, from ultrasonic repellers to traditional recipes, as well as their potential health effects.

How to protect yourself and get rid of mosquitoes in your apartment and house

Despite their tiny size, mosquitoes can turn summer holidays into a real nightmare. Their annoying buzzing makes it difficult to fall asleep, and the itching from their bites can last for several hours. To prevent redness of the skin and calm the nerves, it is recommended to use several methods of protection. And the good news is that there are methods that are suitable even for allergy sufferers and asthmatics.

No. 1 – Mosquito nets for windows and doors are probably the simplest, most common and effective solution. They can be installed on the windows and doors of an apartment, cottage or gazebo. In addition, there is a budget alternative in the form of homemade “nets” from pieces of gauze.

No. 2 - Another method of protection is ultrasonic repellers, which emit a high-frequency sound that is not perceptible to the human ear, but is irritating to pests. This method is the safest and most harmless for both adults and children, as well as for pets.

Ultrasonic Mosquito Repeller

No. 3 – Electrofumigators and aerosol products are also popular methods of mosquito control. The principle of operation of the fumigator is to evaporate harmful substances to mosquitoes using a heating element. When choosing an electric fumigator, it is important to pay attention to the composition of the substances used: if these are natural ingredients, the device can be used in the presence of people. However, when using synthetic substances, it is recommended to ventilate the room after treatment. It is important not to leave the fumigator in the outlet all night; it is enough to turn it on an hour before bedtime.

No. 4 – Natural electrofumigators usually do not pose much harm to health, so they can even be used in children's rooms. On the other hand, synthetic options may release respiratory irritants when evaporating from the plates or coils, which can cause allergic reactions such as watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. However, keep in mind that adverse reactions do not occur in everyone, but only in a small percentage of people.

natural electrofumigator

How to protect yourself and get rid of mosquitoes on your property

#5 – Anti-mosquito sprays and lotions often contain synthetic substances and should be used with caution. Typically, the period of action of such funds is 4-6 hours. They can be applied not only to clothing, but also to surfaces such as furniture, door frames and gazebo walls.

It is important to remember that these products contain chemicals that can cause allergic reactions such as rashes and itching upon contact with the skin. Inhalation of these drugs may result in poisoning, ranging from mild nausea to vomiting and even loss of consciousness. The medical community does not recommend the use of this product for pregnant women and children.

No. 6 - Spirals They are compressed wood flour impregnated with an insecticide. When the coil burns, it emits smoke that repels pests within three meters. When using spirals, it is important to observe two nuances: the first is to light them only in the open air, and the second is to place them on non-combustible surfaces such as brick, ceramics or metal.

Mosquito coil

However, when one coil burns, an amount of harmful substances is released into the environment, comparable to 80-130 smoked cigarettes. A large amount of carcinogenic substances, such as decay products, are released during the combustion process of the coil. These substances, if ingested by humans or pets, can promote the development of cancer cells and worsen existing chronic diseases such as bronchitis or asthma. Because of this, the use of spirals in enclosed spaces is strictly not recommended.

#7 – Natural repellents essential oil-based ones can be created at home by adding a few drops of citrus essential oil to clothing. There are also ready-made sprays on sale, created on the basis of natural ingredients - it is recommended to base the choice on the least irritating odor.

Clothing stores, fishing and travel departments also sell clothes with anti-mosquito treatment. The fabric is impregnated with insecticide, providing anti-mosquito properties for up to 70 washing cycles. This method of protection is the most environmentally friendly and practical solution, actively used to protect children. The products contain non-toxic synthetic repellents, much like natural substances.

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Traditional methods of protection against mosquitoes

No. 8 - Mosquitoes do not like certain scents such as ylang-ylang, lemongrass, citronella, eucalyptus, lavender and juniper. You can use these essential oils, adding 3-5 drops to the aroma lamp a few hours before bedtime, and also apply a few drops to the edge of a blanket or blanket. However, it is worth remembering that this method only helps to repel mosquitoes, but does not destroy them.

#9- For homemade sprays You can use vanilla and cloves. You can simply dilute vanilla in a glass of water, and prepare a decoction from cloves: boil 5 g of the spice with a glass of water for 15 minutes, strain and add alcohol. Ready-made formulations can be applied to clothing and exposed areas of the body.

No. 10 - Another method is smoke from pine cones. This method is only suitable for open spaces such as picnics, cottages or camping trips. When burning cones of spruce, pine or juniper branches, smoke is released, the aroma of which repels pests.

Smoke from mosquito cones

#11 – The smell of vanilla pleasant to people, but mosquitoes cannot tolerate it. You can dilute a few tablespoons of vanillin in warm water and rub the mixture on your skin or spray it around your home. Using vanilla essential oil will also work. This method provides double benefits: your home will smell nice and mosquitoes will not approach you.

No. 12 – Lemon is also an effective mosquito repellent. To do this, you can mix the juice of one lemon with 10 ml of eucalyptus oil and apply it to exposed areas of the body to repel these blood-sucking insects.

No. 13 - To enhance protection in combination with the proposed methods, before bedtime it is recommended take a shower and put on socks. Mosquitoes are sensitive to heat and the smell of sweat, and their feet most often sweat at night. Socks should be made from natural materials that absorb sweat.

#15 – The smell of cloves repels mosquitoes. To prepare clove water as a natural repellent, just pour 5 g of clove umbrellas in a glass of water, boil for 15 minutes, cool, strain and add a little alcohol. This spray can be applied both to clothing and to open areas of the body.

No. 16 - Thrown into the fire juniper branches or the cones create a specific smoke that repels mosquitoes. This method is ideal for quiet evenings in a gazebo in the country.

Modern technical solutions

No. 17 - Ultrasonic repeller works by transmitting ultrasonic waves that are not perceptible to humans, but perceptible to mosquitoes, forcing them to move away to a safe distance. Depending on the model, the ultrasonic coverage area can vary from 20 to 5000 square meters, which makes it an ideal choice for summer cottages.

No. 18 – Anti-mosquito lamp, using electrical action, effectively destroys mosquitoes over its entire area. The low voltage passing through the lamp is safe for people.

Anti-mosquito lamp

No. 19 - Photocatalytic trap, also effective both indoors and in open areas, attracts mosquitoes with light, heat and smell, then traps them in a special flask.

Photocatalytic mosquito trap

No. 20 – Anti-mosquito bracelet, which is a narrow band worn around the wrist, contains special substances that repel mosquitoes. The range of such a bracelet is usually up to 100 cm.

Anti-mosquito bracelet


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