If you have a ton of mosquitoes around your property, hiring a pest control company to perform mosquito control can be an effective way to reduce their population. However, it takes time for the methods a pest control company uses to begin to work, and mosquitoes can fly two miles away from their breeding site, so they may be coming from off your property. If you are waiting for mosquito control services, or have recently begun using them, but are still being bit, you may be looking for ways to keep them away. Here are a few alternatives to using traditional mosquito repellent spray.
Believe it or not, but dryer sheets can help deter mosquitoes from biting you. Mosquitoes do not like the scent of traditional dryer sheets. There are a few ways you can use dryer sheets to ward off these pesky insects. The first is to rub the dryer sheet all over your body, particularly in places where you sweat. As you sweat, the scent is heightened and spread, helping to repel these pests for a prolonged period of time. This method should be repeated two times a day for the best results. The other method is to cut up a dryer sheet and place it in your pockets. This isn't as effective as rubbing the sheet on yourself, but can still repeal pests when you are in a pinch. It is important to keep in mind that traditional scented dryer sheets work the best. Unscented sheets are not effective and sheets with floral or rain scents are not as effective.
Mosquitoes, along with other pests, such as moths, do not like the scent of lavender. You can use this to your knowledge and repel mosquitoes by dabbing some lavender on you. However, it is not advised that you dab essential lavender oil directly on your skin. Instead, you should dilute it. Adding a couple drops to an unscented lotion and rubbing the lotion on you is one way to do this. Another way is to mix it with a safe food-grade oil, such as sunflower oil, vegetable oil or olive oil. Add several drops of the lavender oil to a food grade oil in a spray bottle and then spray the mixture onto you to repel mosquitoes.
The last way that you can repel mosquitoes is by rubbing raw, peeled garlic or garlic juice on your body. Garlic can repel many outdoor pests including mosquitoes, fleas and ticks. However, garlic has a strong smell that can bother some people and the acid in it can be irritating to those with sensitive skin. As such, it is recommended that you test this method on a small patch of skin before covering your entire body in it. Garlic is only effective for about 20 to 40 minutes, so may not be the best option if you plan on staying outside for a prolonged period of time. However, it is extremely effective during that short period of time. It is also important to note that some people believe eating garlic can repel these pests. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this.
There are many ways that a pest control company like Bug Busters Inc can work to remove mosquitoes from your property. However, one of the most effective is to kill the eggs that help keep the population living around your home. But adult mosquitoes live for two weeks, so they may still linger after treatment has begun, since most treatments focus on the eggs. In the meantime though, you may still need to repel the pests from you if you go outside. Using dryer sheets, lavender oil, or garlic can all keep these pests away from you if you don't have any traditional mosquito repellent or are looking for an alternative.