In the midst of housecleaning and want to learn a handy do-it-yourself trick to get rid of mosquitoes? Here’s how to make the best mosquito trap, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch some flies in here too. During fly and mosquito season, cleaning the house can become a much bigger chore than usual, especially if you have kids who are forever forgetting to close the screen door. Not only are you cleaning surfaces in your home, but you’re needing to literally clean the air, as well. How to do we get rid of these unwanted house guests, and how can we do it as naturally as possible? A good first step is trying out this handy, inexpensive DIY mosquito trap that you can make yourself at home.
There’s a lot of fear concerning mosquitoes out there these days, because of the diseases they can potentially spread. While most mosquitoes are really quite harmless, aside from delivering the odd itchy bite or two, some can be carrying one of a few viruses that humans are prone to. For this reason, it’s always a good idea to keep mosquito populations down in and around your home. Clearing out mosquitoes is a good housekeeping practice that you can start by following these simple, housecleaning tips, or should we say – mosquito cleaning tips. Before even thinking about building a mosquito trap, a good idea is to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding and laying their eggs in the first place. For this reason, pay attention to any standing water – whether it’s in your house or on your property. Empty anything and everything that can hold water, for example buckets, flower pots, dishes, tires, kiddie pools, and toys. If you live in a place where mosquitoes are very common, it might not be a very good idea to keep a garden pond or a bird bath or anything like that. If you have a swimming pool, be sure to take good care of it with proper daily maintenance so that it won’t become the ideal mosquito habitat. If you have a pet, you might want to keep its drinking water indoors and change it every day so that mosquitoes don’t have any opportunity to land in it. Every spring, just before mosquito season begins, be sure to inspect all of your screens to ensure that they are insect-proof. Reward your kids for closing the front door when they come and go – positive reinforcement always works better than reprimanding. If you can keep mosquitoes out of your home, then you won’t have to clean quite as much, either.
But even if we can control our interior environment, there’s always the exterior to contend with. And even if we do everything we can to keep mosquito populations in check, there are always other factors to consider – including, nearby ponds, lakes, puddles, and even our neighbours’ yards. That’s when a mosquito trap can become your best friend. There are all different kinds of mosquito traps out there, including many that use toxic poison to kill mosquitoes as well as their eggs and larvae, but this home-made, all-natural mosquito trap is so effective, even the US military uses it.
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