Mosquitoes are the scourge of many a backyard in summer months, and there are almost as many mosquito control products on the market as there are mosquitoes in your garden. So how do homeowners choose between products, and what's really the best way to keep these pesky bugs at bay? From candles and coils to trappers and zappers, find out what you need to keep your household safe from these irritating and potentially dangerous insects.
Commercial mosquito repellent comes in many brands with many active ingredients, so knowing what will actually fight the bite can be tough. Here are a few tips for choosing effective repellents to ward off mosquito bites.
Mosquito traps like Mosquito Deleto or Mosquito Magnet are portable traps designed to lure mosquitoes into the trap using carbon dioxide and octenal attractant. While the traps do collect mosquitoes, it's hard to say whether or not they cut down on the number of bites received in the backyard.
Bug zappers attract mosquitoes with ultraviolet light and octenal attractant, and then zap them with static electricity. If you don't mind the "bzzzt" of bugs being zapped, this type of mosquito control has been deemed quite effective by experts.
The best way to rid your outdoor space of annoying mosquitoes is to ruin their habitat. Mosquitoes can reproduce at an alarming rate – with the right heat and moisture conditions, mosquito eggs can grow from egg to adult in one week, which means multiple generations can flourish in your yard over a summer season.
The best way to reduce the mosquito population in your backyard is to prevent them from reproducing, which means getting rid of standing water (where they lay their eggs) around your home:
In the end, it's likely that a combination of these mosquito fighting tips will help reduce the number of bites you receive this season. If you're planning on fighting the bite, apply some DEET repellent, make sure your backyard is free of standing water, and feel free to burn a natural citronella candle or coil.