We all look forward to the summer when it comes around every year. Those long, light, balmy summer evenings are always a lovely treat, if only it weren’t for those pesky little mosquitoes. Sitting outside with naked flesh exposed is an open invitation, and one that any self-respecting mosquito is going to take, providing of course she’s an incubating female; because, although not many people know this, it’s only incubating females that use our blood to develop their babies.
There are many substances that can supposedly be used to keep mosquitoes at bay, but here are six that you may not have heard about before.
Here are six mosquito controls you may not know about:
#1. Electric Fans.
Fans are not just useful for helping you to keep cool in the summer, but they can also actively help to ward off mosquitoes as well. Our entomologists tell us that mosquitoes don’t fly when the wind gusts above 10 miles per hour. So if you were to place a rotating electric and set it on one of the highest speed settings, it should provide enough of an artificial wind to keep those blood thirsty little mosquitoes away.
Mosquitoes are actually attracted to us by the carbon dioxide that we breathe out, and our body heat, both of which fans can be used to dissipate, making them an effective mosquito repellent in more ways than one.
# 2.This little piggy.
It has been said that pigs make great pets. Perhaps after reading this, you may be tempted to find out for yourself. According to Old Italian folklore, if you sleep with a pig beside you, you’re unlikely to get bitten by mosquitoes. Apparently a pig’s body temperature is naturally higher than us Homo sapiens; so the mosquitoes are attracted to the pigs rather than us cooler humans. So maybe it’s time you changed your bed partner?
#3.Your very own pet bat.
But if the thought of having a pet pig to sleep beside you is unappealing; what about having a pet bat flying around? A particular species of bat (the little brown bat), is quite fond of snacking on mosquitoes. A little brown bat can eat somewhere between 500 and 1,000 mosquitoes in a single hour! Just imagine yourself sat on your veranda sipping your mint julep while you watch the antics of you little per bat swooping around devouring the mosquitoes that might otherwise be snacking on you!
#4. Flower power -marigolds.
The humble marigold contains substances known as thiopenes, which are natural insecticides that can kill mosquitoes. Now whilst it may be true that you would have to plant thousands of marigolds to have any effect of these flying pests, if you develop a garden with an abundance of plants and flowers, you’ll create a perfect habitat for dragon flies, humming birds and toads; all different types of wildlife that prey on mosquitoes.
#5. Germ Warfare – using bacteria.
One of the most effective ways of dealing with mosquitoes, is to find their breeding grounds, usually anywhere where you might find stagnant water (mosquitoes are reliant on water for breeding), and apply something called “mosquito dunks” to the water. You can buy “mosquito dunks” over the counter in the majority of home and garden stores across the US.
The other effective thing to do is to get rid of any standing stagnant water and the catchment areas that collect it.
#6. McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
I guess many of you will already have heard of the myriad uses for good old common baking powder? Well another baking product, vanilla extract, actually makes a pleasant smelling, but very effective, mosquito repellant. Simply mix 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract with 1 cup of water, pour into a spray bottle and liberally dose any naked areas of flesh with it. It really works!
Living an animal friendly holistic heath lifestyle without mosquitoes
By following some of these great anti-mosquito tips, you can improve your holistic health lifestyle by being irritant free, and maybe build up your animal menagerie at the same time!