Mosquito Control with Mosquito Repellents
Mosquito control is an important public health practice. This system makes use of specific
mosquito repellent to reduce mosquito population. Effective mosquito control can prove extremely helpful in
prevention of spread of various diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, La Crosse Encephalitis virus,
chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Murray Valley encephalitis, and others. Regular use of mosquito repellent can
help you enjoy a healthy life without fear of such diseases.
Where and How to Control Mosquitoes
Through mosquito control operations, it is possible to get rid of mosquitoes specifically
• Parks and recreational areas
• Livestock and poultry farms
• In traditionally mosquito-infested regions like hills or tourist spots
The best and most effective mosquito control measure is to make use of a mosquito repellents. There are
numerous types of mosquito repellents. You can choose to use any repellent of your choice. Rather the main aim of
using a mosquito repellent is to keep away mosquitoes.
Mosquito repellents types
Few mosquito repellents make use of synthetic chemicals while some others make use of natural extracts.
Therefore, repellents are available in an array of lotions, creams, sprays, coils, and incense sticks. Some are
available in the form of nets, electric mats, insect zappers, and ultrasonic devices. You can choose the mosquito
repellent that best suits you and your convenience and proves to be an effective mosquito control measure.
The most important ingredient in any mosquito repellent is DEET. This effective chemical repels
mosquitoes. Other ingredients that cause similar repulsive action include oil extracts from citronella, catnip
plant, Nepetalactone, and eucalyptus oil extract. Different mosquito repellents contain either one of these
ingredients or a combination of few of them. Usually, these repulsive ingredients are best used externally on skin
or on clothing as mosquito control measure.
Another effective mosquito control measure is to keep air in motion, within either the room or outdoors.
Making use of fan to keep air circulating within a room can act as a mosquito repellent to a certain extent.
Mosquitoes cannot tolerate moving air. If outdoors, fanning yourself while moving around can keep away mosquitoes.
Natural Ways to Keep Away Mosquitoes
Although you can use any mosquito repellent as effective mosquito control measure, simple natural remedies
can also keep away mosquitoes. These include:
• Restrict use of floral fragrant perfumes, scented sunscreens, perfumed hair products, and floral
fragrances from dryer sheets and fabric softeners.
• Excessive consumption of high-potassium foods and salty foods causes release of more lactic acid
from your body. This attracts mosquitoes. Reducing intake of such foods can make you less prone to mosquito
• Prolonged and excessive exercises cause greater transpiration of carbon dioxide from your body. It
is similar in case of a burning candle or some other source of fire. High levels of carbon dioxide attract
• Do not dress in dark-colored clothing, as they are potential attractants for mosquitoes.
• Humid atmosphere as present in wet and damp regions and areas like mud puddles, moist plants, and
standing water attract mosquitoes.
• Specific variety or category of mosquito thrives in cool climates. You can therefore find a higher
percentage of such mosquitoes in cool and cold temperatures.
• Spreading crushed leaves of lemon thyme, sagewort, lemongrass, lemon balm, wormwood, and Pelargonium
can prove to be a natural mosquito repellent.
• Consumption of lots of garlic can prove to be a natural mosquito repellent as the smell of garlic
emanates from your skin pores and wards of mosquitoes.