Mosquitoes are carriers of some of the world’s worst viruses and bacteria causing viral, fatal and infectious diseases. In many countries they transmit and spread mosquito-borne diseases, diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile Virus, and Elephantiasis to more than 700 million people around the globe every year. A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says that the insects kill more than one million people a year through the transmission of malaria. So what can one do about this threat? Mosquito population control. Here are 3 ways to reduce their population:
(1)Look for the sources of mosquitoes. Is there stagnant water close to your home? Maybe a puddle? Or an old tire or bucket left outside that has accumulated water and was forgotten about? Mosquitoes love breeding in pools of standing water. They live in the water during the first three stages of their life cycle – egg, larvae, and pupa. A week is all the time it takes before they become pestering adults. These stages provide a greater opportunity for you to get rid of a large population. Larvae and pupa can be killed by cutting off their air supply. You may want to spray a thin layer of oil to block the surface, or simply flush out the water from the container. There are also available products that you can purchase to kill them at these stages, like larvicides.
(2)Once mosquitoes reach their adult stage, there’s no stopping them from attempting to suck on their prey. Fortunately, there is a great line of effective mosquito-killing products to help us. There are propane mosquito traps, bug zappers, mosquito vacuums, and other forms of mosquito killers using a variety of techniques and methods. For example, zappers kill mosquitoes on contact while “Octenol” and propane-operated gadgets lure and trap them. They vary in size, weight, and the way you use them. There are cheap ones just starting from the $20s, the more expensive ones ranging from $100 up to $800. You may want to read reviews for each product to determine which mosquito trap is best for you and your area.
(3)You could also try to make your own mosquito trap from materials that you can most likely find in your house. There are a number of DIY mosquito trap tutorials that you can look up online. The easiest one is made from a mixture of water, sugar, and yeast. It is said that this combination will create carbon dioxide, attracting mosquitoes to it. It’s a pretty clever concoction and it works.
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