One of the most important things in terms of mosquito awareness in my opinion should be to know how to make your surroundings free of mosquitoes to avoid the mosquitoes all together, because if you don’t get bit by a mosquito there is zero percent chance to get infected by West Nile virus or some of the other diseases mosquitoes carry, where as if you do get bit by a mosquito these odds reduce to 50 percent chance of getting an unpleasant illness.
One of the things you can do to ensure that your area is mosquito free is to get rid of all standing water in your backyard or anywhere else. Standing water means water that has been standing in one place for at least a week. And you should get rid of old tires, basins or any other similar places where water can accumulate, because standing water is mosquito favourite for breeding and creating new mosquitoes. If there is a pool or other standing water that you cannot get rid of, try to change the water at least once a week to prevent mosquitoes lying their eggs there and the eggs developing to new mosquitoes.
Another great way to banish the mosquitoes from a specific area is to use a mosquito fogger in this area. It really doesn’t matter if you use a thermal or cold fogger or a commercial grade or amateur fogger, because as long as there is a liquid that is meant to kill and repel mosquitoes inside that fogger, it will do the trick and really keep the mosquitoes at bay. This way you can really enjoy outside parties, picnics or can stand to do outdoors chores without getting eaten by the mosquitoes.
Studies have shown that by planting certain plants in your area or around the perimeter of the area you want to make mosquito free, it can reduce the number of mosquitoes that fly into this area to a minimum. For example marigolds, lavender, peppermint, basil and cat nip are strong candidates for this task, because they will repel the mosquitoes while serving as beautiful flowers or useful herbs.
If these options are not possible and you can cope with mosquitoes being outside but not inside your house you can then only protect your indoors space. For example, you can buy a mosquito net and put it around your bed that will keep the mosquitoes away during the night, you can again place previously mentioned plants near open windows to repel the mosquitoes from coming inside or use smaller foggers such as aerosol foggers that are specially meant for indoors to protect you house or apartment from mosquitoes.
Of course you can also make sure to wear long sleeved shirts and long trousers with socks during the dust and dawn hours because that’s when mosquitoes are the most active and most likely to bite you, and make sure you use some kind of mosquito repellant outdoors.
These are the most common and most effective tips to make your surroundings mosquito free and make sure that mosquitoes don’t bite you and cause unwelcome symptoms, whether they are simply red itch spots or West Nile virus.