One of the biggest health scares this summer has been the Zika virus, a virus that affects women who are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. The Zika virus is spread through mosquitoes, but even though the virus isn’t a problem in California, mosquitoes certainly are. Mosquitoes are extremely annoying and can cause itchy and painful bites. The following are six methods for getting rid of mosquitoes to ensure a more enjoyable summer:
- Get rid of standing water. Mosquitoes are attracted to standing water since that’s where they lay their eggs. Anyone that does not wish to have a mosquito breeding ground in their backyard should remove or cover up all standing water.
- Use mosquitofish. Homeowners that have water features in their backyard, like ornamental fountains or ponds, should consider adding mosquitofish. Mosquitofish will assist in eliminating mosquitoes by preying on them when they attempt to breed in standing water. However, in order to use mosquitofish, a Californian resident will need to obtain a permit.
- Plant citronella plants. Mosquitoes hate the scent of citronella, so adding citronella plants around a property is an effective way to keep mosquitoes away.
- Use citronella candles. Instead of adding citronella plants to their property, residents can also use citronella candles. The smoke from a citronella candle will also be very effective in keeping mosquitoes away from the area.
- Use soapy water. One of the best ways to trap and eliminate mosquitoes is by using a bowl or bucket of soapy water. Place it in an area where there is a mosquito problem. The mosquitoes will be attracted to the standing water, but the soap bubbles will end up trapping them as they attempt to breed there, which will cause them to drown.
- Use a mosquito repellent. There are many types of mosquito repellents that residents can use to keep mosquitoes away, including creams and sprays.
Mosquitoes can not only carry potentially dangerous diseases, but they can be an incredible nuisance as well. Use these six tips to keep mosquitoes away and visit us at The Benefits Store today for additional health related advice.