FOX 4 reported alarming spike in the mosquito population in Collier County, Florida.
Usually, the level of mosquitoes gets high later in Summer.
Asian Tiger Mosquita and Yellow Fever Mosquito are the 2 species that are present in USA.
So, here at LuxeBackyard, we thought it was the time to remind how to prevent you and your loved ones from nasty mosquitoes’ bite, which can cause Chikungunya Virus, Eastern Equine, Encephalitis, Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus.
Even our adorable dogs are in danger, a mosquito bite can cause them Dog Heartworm.
I personaly experience dengue fever at the end of May 2017, I had high fever for almost 5 days. I could not eat anything, had stomach burn. The worst was the total lack of energy, I was so exhausted I stayed on the couch for 2 weeks before I could stand for more than 10mn on my feet. After that my immune system took a good 6 months period to recover and during this time I got 2 brionchitis which led to take antibiotics. Before that, I was free from antibiotics for the last 2 years.
How to get rid of Mosquitoes ?
There is no miracle; only your commitment will protect your home.
You have to track every water sources in your backyard ; on a weekly basis.
The Aedes aegypti, only need a cap full of water to breed.
The life cycle of Aedes aegypti can be completed within one-and-a-half to three weeks.
One mosquito can lay up to 400 eggs at a time, yep scary !
Eliminate every sources of water
So you will have to check your backyard every week to get rid of any remaining water.
Make sure you tip, drain and cover sources of standing water like gardening pot, old wheel, gutter, fountain, bird waterer, etc.
In your decorative pounds, add some mosquito fish. Regularly check water features for larvae and you may need to use larvicides to kill those nasty larvaes.
Maintaining a manicured, tidy lawn is essential for mosquito prevention. Overgrown grass and hedges provide shelter in the cool vegetation on a hot summer day.
One of the best ways to keep mosquitoes away from your pool is by keeping it well-maintained. During the summer months, run a pool pump every few hours to create water circulation. Be sure to chlorinate your swimming pool and maintain disinfection levels, as this will help kill mosquito larvae. Studies have shown that mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in water with leaves in it, so be sure to promptly skim leaves from the surface of your pool.
After a power failure, make sure your chlorine input is back on normal settings; if you do not want your place to be infested with mosquitoes.
If you do have a pool cover make sure it is always dry and clean it after each rain.
Natural Repellent plants to grow
12 Plants and Herbs That Naturally Repel Mosquitoes:
- Citronella Geranium
- Lavender (lavendin variety)
- Floss Flower
- Lemon Balm
How can you Prevent Mosquito Bites?
Although a few types can be active 24-7, it is generally recognized that mosquitoes are the most active during the dusk and dawn hours. Avoid outdoor activities when mosquitoes can be the most active, or protect yourself by :
- using EPA-registered insect repellents are proven safe and effective, even for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
- install a BG-Mosquitaire trap in your backyard.
The BG-Mosquitaire trap attracts and catch mosquitoes in your backyard.
The bundle comes with one mosquito attractant bag, effective for 2 months.
BG-Mosquitaire trap reduces mosquitoes’ bite by 85% !