Occasionally, you might be finding yourself at the mercy of a swarm of mosquitos when you’re hanging out at the porch of your mobile home one fine evening.
Other than the fact that they’re quite the nuisance, mosquitos are dangerous because they’re notorious (and rather effective) vectors of serious diseases such as malaria, dengue, and yellow fever, as well as the Zika and West Nile viruses, among others.
So, you might be asking yourself now, “How do I keep my mobile home mosquito-free?” Here are three simple tips to keep these flying bloodsuckers out of your property:
Use screens on your doors and windows
The best way to keep mosquitoes out of your mobile home is to install mesh screens on your doors and windows. Don’t forget other possible entry points as well, such as vents.
This way, even if you have your windows wide open to let the outside air in for ventilation, mosquitoes (and other inbound flying pests) can’t get into your home.
Note that screens should be no coarser than 12 x 12 meshes per 25mm, or 1.2mm. You can use an even coarser mesh if you wish to keep out other smaller biting insects, such as sandflies.
Break out the insect sprays and repellents
Mosquitoes are attracted by the carbon dioxide we give off (as living creatures). Applying insect repellents or using insect sprays can definitely help– use these according to the directions indicated in the packaging.
Lotions or sprays containing the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon or eucalyptus will keep mosquitoes off you for hours at a time; reapply as necessary.
Other repellents you can use are mosquito coils, especially if you’re hanging out outside. There are also citronella patches you can purchase now that you just stick on your clothes– these repel mosquitoes as well.
Check around your property
Mosquitoes have a fairly limited range. Meaning those that are bugging you are most likely from just nearby– probably from a lot or two down from your place at the most.
Mosquitoes thrive in stagnant water. Usually, these would be in ponds, pools, old fountains, and even in water bowls for your pets, old tires, tarps, gutters, and drains– just about anything that collects rainfall or water from when you tend to your garden.
Go around your home and flip over anything that might be collecting stagnant water. If you suspect there’s a body of stagnant water nearby that might be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you might want to call in some pest control professionals to help you out.
Water storage tanks or bins are also likely to harbor some sneaky mosquitoes. Make sure these are sealed and change out the water from time to time to prevent mosquitoes from making themselves at home.
Bonus tip: use anti-mosquito plants around the home
The best plant known to effectively keep mosquitoes away is citronella, so consider having a pot or two inside your property, or plant these around the exterior of your home, especially near your windows and doors.
Other plants that have decent natural mosquito-repelling properties include lavender, rosemary, sage, basil, lemon balm, marigolds, scented geraniums, pennyroyals, and peppermint.
So you might want to consider getting some of these plants not just inside your home, but outside as well, where you’re likely to hang out for the occasional al fresco dinner or visit from friends.
A Final Word About Keeping Your Mobile Home Mosquito-Free
Don’t underestimate the lowly little mosquito. Be particularly mindful of local advisories regarding incidences of mosquito-borne diseases.
Remember, all mosquitoes have to do is bite an infected person nearby and possibly pass the virus on to you. Still, preventing mosquitoes from feasting on you and your family is still the best way to go, so do try to keep these blood-sucking pests away from your home as much as you can manage.
Especially if you live in a closely-knit community, you may also want to get your neighbors involved in going around the block to identify possible sources of stagnant water, draining them or drying them out whenever you can.
Lastly, if you feel there’s just way too many mosquitoes for you to handle, don’t hesitate to call your neighborhood pest control experts. They most likely have a few other extra tricks up their sleeves to deal with your local mosquito menace.