diseases affect millions of people worldwide each year. The
bite of a mosquito can result in anything from a skin irritation
to contracting malaria. Clearly, mosquitoes are not just a
nuisance, but also potentially harmful. By taking measures
such as wearing long pants in wooded areas or disposing of
standing water, you can minimize the chances of attracting
mosquitoes. These measures, however, are often not enough,
and specialty products used to combat mosquitoes are required.
Each of the products used for mosquito control have varying
degrees of effectiveness, and it is important to know that
some may be better than others.
There are a variety of mosquito nets available in different
sizes, materials and shapes. Each style of net has its advantages,
and ensuring that you are using the most suitable one increases
your chances of eliminating mosquitoes. It is crucial to find
a net that has a mesh size large enough to allow air to circulate,
but small enough to keep the mosquitoes out. Mosquito nets
can be used to cover small and large areas such as your bed
or your porch. Mosquito nets are an effective way to naturally
Electric mosquito zapper
electric zapper works by using ultraviolet light to lure in
bugs and then kills them upon contact with its lethal dose
of electrical charge. Unfortunately, although this is a highly
successful way of killing bugs, mosquitoes are not actually
attracted to ultraviolet light, and research into this method
of mosquito control shows that 90% of what the electric zapper
kills are actually insects that do not bite. In fact, some
of the bugs that are killed are those that help us eliminate
mosquitoes by eating them. You can find electric mosquito zappers here: www.mosquito-zapper.com.
Like the electric mosquito zapper, the mosquito magnet is
one of several mosquito traps that claim to best eliminate
the pesky insects. The mosquito magnet works by releasing
a carbon dioxide spray, heat and moisture that the mosquito
mistakes for prey. Once the mosquito gets too close to the
magnet, it is sucked in and eventually dies of dehydration.
The mosquito magnet is run by a propane tank and can therefore
be transported anywhere. This form of mosquito control is
the most expensive of all methods and there is no conclusive
scientific evidence to support its effectiveness. You can
find mosquito magnets here: www.mosquitomagnet.com.
There are a number of natural and chemical mosquito repellents
that work to repel mosquitoes. The synthetic chemical repellent,
DEET, is the most
effective. It is essentially a poison that masks the natural
odor and carbon monoxide that is released from the human body.
DEET must be used with caution, especially with children.
It has been known to cause dizziness and can severely irritate
the skin. For these reasons, many people choose to use a natural
mosquito repellent like a citronella spray. Citronella has
active ingredients that repel mosquitoes and for some, the
lemon smell is very appealing. You can find mosquito repellent
here at all sporting goods stores. Read more about mosquito
repellents here: www.about.com.
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Control: Pesticides and Fogging Agents.