Summer is finally here and whilst it brings with it the joy of sunny weather and festive activities - like braais with friends and family, and excited tourists (hopefully) - it also brings with it an all too familiar guest: the notorious mosquito. This blog looks at 5 ways to keep mosquitoes at bay this summer.I personally like to call them the ninjas of the insect world, because - much like the ninja - they are skilled at infiltrating your premises undetected, hiding in the shadows, and waiting for the most opportune moment to home in on their target (you)! The Ninja is also perfectly trained to siphon information from their targets... and many years of evolution have resulted in mosquitoes being perfectly designed to siphon blood from their prey.
(Image by: Amos Jerbi https://dribbble.com/shots/2027173-Mosquito-Ninja )
But how do you prevent this, you ask?
Here are 5 tips from the experts on how to best prevent mosquitoes from infiltrating your premises this summer:
1. Mosquito nets:
While these do not get rid of mosquitoes, mosquito nets have proven very effective in keeping mosquitoes from biting you. This will lower any risk of catching malaria or any of the other diseases that mosquitoes carry. There are several different types of nets, for example bed nets and self supporting nets that come with a frame that needs to be assembled (much like a tent). These nets are inexpensive and very effective if used properly. Additionally, you could also install fly screens on your windows to prevent mosquitoes from coming in.
2. Insect light traps:
Many pest control companies offer insect light traps as a means to control mosquitoes. These units are sold to control flies, but are still relatively effective in controlling mosquitoes. The only problem with many of these units (the ones that actually "zap" the fly or mosquito) is that they pose the risk of spreading minuscule fragments of flies, mozzies and any other insects they attract. These fragments can be inhaled, or contaminate surfaces and even food (depending on where the unit is placed).
Rentokil's Lumnia units do not distribute these particles, as the internal glue board traps the mosquitos without being hazardous to your health. A pretty good way of putting a stop to their pest ninjutsu!
3. Remove stagnant water:
Mosquitoes love breeding in warm and damp conditions; they see it as their own little dojo in which to train before taking off on missions. Standing water provides them with the perfect spot to do this. Assess your property to ensure that trenches or drains aren’t blocked, and that all water features have free flowing water.
Remember to remove buckets containing old water as well. Additionally, if you have a pond try introducing a natural predator like goldfish as they will eat mosquito larvae.
4. Trim the weeds and grass in and around the property regularly:
Mosquitoes are often found hiding in grass and weeds as it provides the right amount of humidity for them to survive. Trim the grass regularly to prevent this.
5. Citronella candles:
Candles are often seen as a natural mosquito repellent, specifically citronella candles. Not only will they keep the pests at bay but will also add a beautiful ambience for your hotel guests or create a romantic mood at home.
These 5 tips should help you to keep mosquitoes from ruining your summer, but if you're still struggling to eradicate them, it may be time to call in the professionals.