Tips on how to have a Mosquito free Summer!

Posted on January 14, 2014 in Mosquitos | Share on Facebook | Twitter | Google+

Mosquitoes have been a problem for all of us at one time or another. Who hasn’t been enjoying the outdoors only to have it ruined by the buzz and bite of mosquitoes. Luckily for most of us in Australia, mosquitoes are more of a nuisance than a threat to our health. But the numbers of Australians being infected by mosquito borne disease is rising each year. For example, the Chikungunya Virus, there has been a 400% increase in the number of confirmed cases reported from 2012 to 2013. Lets be honest, the increase in cases was minimal from 20 confirmed cases in 2012 to 100 confirmed cases up to November 2013, but if this trend continues we could see cases rising dramatically too over 100 000 in 5 years time and that is a concerning thought.

The best cure for any of the diseases spread by mosquitoes is bite prevention, so here are some simple tips to help you reduce the mosquitoes at your place.

1. Dispose of any old tyres in your yard. One tyre can hold enough water for thousands of mosquitoes to breed.

2. Drill holes in the bottom of your wheelie bins and recycling containers, surprisingly small amounts of collected water can create a mosquito breeding ground.

3. Regularly clear your roof gutters of debris, to allow free flow of water.

4. Clean your pets water dishes regularly.

5. Check and empty any outdoor children play equipment and toys.

6. Repair leaky outdoor taps.

7. Even the smallest containers that can collect water can potentially breed thousands of mosquitoes. They don’t need much water to breed. (bottle, barrels, upturned bin lids, buckets etc.).

8. If you have a pool, keep it clean, aerated and chlorinated.

9. If you have a pond, make sure it is filtered, a small fountain will do the trick, as mosquitoes love standing water.

10. Get some goldfish for you pond, they are great mosquito larvae eaters.

11. Avoid planting aquatic plants to close together in ponds, mosquito larvae can hide from fish if the vegetation if too thick.

12. Make sure all window and door screened are in good order with no tears or holes.

13. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, with a few exceptions in particular the Aedes Aegypti, the Dengue mosquito, which bites mainly during daylight hours.

14. Wear light coloured, loosely fitting clothing when in heavily mosquito populated areas. Some mosquitoes are attracted to dark or brightly coloured clothing and some are able to bite through tight fitting clothing.

15. When using any mosquito protection products, like the SureDuz Mosquito Candle it is best to place them between you and the source of the mosquitoes to create a barrier they can’t fly through.

Most of the precaution you can take are very simple once you you what they are. They may not totally eradicate the problem but they will definitely help. Though in my humble opinion on of the best and easiest ways to protect you and your family when enjoying the outdoors is to use the SureDuz Mosquito Candle, but we would say that!

Have a bite free summer!