Not only are mosquitoes and ticks a nuisance, but they can also pose a serious health risk. Already, these pests have been blamed for spreading serious diseases such as yellow fever, zika virus, and powassan. While it might not be easy to eliminate these nasty creatures, there are some things you can do to control them in your home. The following are five tips to deal with ticks and mosquitoes.
1. Clear your compound
This is one of the most important things you should do for tick and mosquito control.Most pests find it convenient to hide where there is adequate vegetation cover. For example, Mosquitoes are attracted to long grasses and shrubs and will maintain cover until dusk when they finally launch an attack. Likewise, ticks like to hide in tall grass and in places they can find shade. In a sunny and dry area, ticks will not survive. To control these pests, mow the yard regularly and clear out the garden to remove accumulated dead branches and tree debris. Even though most vegetation act as hide out for mosquitoes, some plants have natural repellant characteristics. These include Lavender, Citronella grass, and basil.
2. Drain stagnant water
Mosquitoes breed almost entirely on standing water. If pools of water surround your home, you can expect to have an ever increasing population of mosquitoes. These insects lay their eggs in stagnant water where they hatch into larvae in just 48 hours. In a little more than ten days, a single female can produce as many as three hundred mosquitoes. Marshy areas and water with a lot of organic debris are a favorite for mosquitoes as they provide the larvae with enough food. Not to be left behind are ticks which also enjoy living in moist areas. An important step in controlling these pests, therefore, is to drain water in ditches, old tires, gutters, etc., to deny these bugs a chance of thriving.
3. Befriend natural predators
Biological pest control can be effective in controlling mosquitoes and ticks. If that pond in your backyard means a lot to you, there are still things you can do to discourage mosquitoes from multiplying in it; you can invite predators into your garden. Dragonfly and frogs will naturally feed on mosquito larvae and will help you in controlling mosquito population. Likewise, domestic birds such as guinea fowls, chicken and turkey will hunt for ticks in the compound and eliminate them.
4. Use insect repellents
Sometimes it ‘s hard to eliminate mosquitoes or ticks, and the only way to deal with them is to protect yourself from being bitten. Insect repellants can be applied on the skin when moving outdoors where you are likely to encounter these pests. You can also apply a repellant during the evenings when mosquitoes are likely to find their way inside your home. Spatial repellents in the form of sprays, coils and vaporizing mats can keep mosquitoes at bay. Other natural mosquito repellents include camphor tablets and neem oil. These could be supplemented with other methods such as mosquito traps.
5. Contact a professional
Professional pest control companies have trained staff and know the best chemicals to use to provide a lasting solution for tick and mosquito control.