Mosquitoes have a well-earned reputation as one of the most frustrating pests on the planet. Even in the UK, where mosquitoes thankfully aren’t spreading malaria, their biting, blood-sucking, and high-pitched whining when they fly close to our ears are enough to drive anyone crazy. If you find mosquitoes in your home, it’s only natural to want them gone as soon as possible. Their small size makes mosquitoes difficult to spot, even if you can hear them. Fortunately, there are several simple things you can do to deter mosquitoes from building their nests on your property.
The first thing to do is make sure no more mosquitoes are going to be joining the party. Like other insects, they tend to enter homes in the evening after the sun’s gone down. Keeping all your doors and windows tightly shut will deny them entry. You can also use special mosquito nets to prevent them from entering while still letting in the fresh air. You should also check your home and garden for pools of stagnant water; these make ideal mosquito breeding grounds. Fill in any ditches and holes in your garden where water can pool.
Several plant species act as mosquito repellants; marigolds, lemongrass, citronella, mint, and catnip are all effective deterrents against mosquitoes. Many people have also had success using lemons and clothes. Slice a lemon in half and push cloves into each half.
You can make a natural, organic insecticide from crushed garlic. Boil the garlic in water for half an hour and leave it standing until it cools. Add the resulting liquid to a spray bottle, and you have a cheap, effective insecticide. While it has a pungent aroma and kills mosquitoes effectively, it dissipates rapidly, and the smell doesn’t linger for long.