Natural Mosquito Control: Is it Possible?

Summertime brings pool parties, backyard cookouts, camping trips, picnics, Fourth of July celebrations, and just all kinds of good family fun. In fact for many, the lazy, hazy days of summer are like a dreamtime – a time when a wealth of family memories are created and stored away to be cherished for a lifetime.

But summertime also brings something else, something that can sour the summer dreamtime into a nightmare – mosquitoes. At their worst, mosquitoes can spoil outdoor fun faster than an unexpected cloudburst, transforming a family fun event into a free-for-all scramble for shelter.

And the itching welts that the mosquitoes leave behind as a souvenir of their party-crashing behavior is just the tip of the iceberg. Mosquitoes also deal out illness and death on a massive scale globally, infecting millions each year with deadly and debilitating illnesses such as West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, and the biggest killer of all, malaria.

Mosquito Control is Critical, But at What Cost?

In years past, we’ve relied heavily upon man-made synthetic chemicals, releasing megatons of chemicals such as DDT into the environment each year in our never-ending battle against the mosquito. These chemicals have been very effective weapons against mosquitoes, but the collateral damage caused by the use of these chemicals is incalculable.

Obviously, controlling mosquitoes is crucial – not only for the comfort of your family, but for their health as well. And in some parts of the world hard choices must be made between the risks of using synthetic chemicals and the benefits of holding at bay the onslaught of mosquito-borne diseases.

But what about your own tiny slice of the world: your backyard? Can you control mosquitoes around your home without relying on synthetic chemicals?

The answer – at least to a degree – is yes.

There Are Several Options for Controlling Mosquitoes Without Synthetic Chemicals

More products are available for controlling mosquitoes on a small, backyard-sized scale than ever before. And though some products rely on synthetic chemical insecticides, others utilize either an organic insecticide or use no insecticides at all. Here are some examples:

• A device that uses carbon dioxide to lure mosquitoes close enough to be vacuumed into a trap where they die of dehydration. Some may not consider this device to be strictly ‘green’ since it burns propane at an extremely low rate to generate the carbon dioxide. But this technology is capable of killing vast numbers of mosquitoes without releasing a drop of insecticide into the environment.

• A product that can serve as your own personal force field against mosquitoes. It uses a natural mosquito repellent to generate a mosquito-free zone of comfort that goes where you go, whether you’re hiking through the woods or lounging on a deck chair.

• A set-and-forget sprayer that will automatically spray for mosquitoes in your yard every day when they’re at their worst, using a natural botanical insecticide.

• And there’s the good old standby, citronella. Citronella candles, coils or torches really are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Lighting some citronella candles won’t instantly turn your yard into a 100% mosquito-free zone, but it will sure help.

Don’t let mosquitoes turn your summer dreamtime into a nightmare. Don’t let them create memories that will be haunting and bitter upon recollection rather than sweetly savored reminiscences.

Explore some of the many options that are available for modern mosquito control, and enjoy a summer that will live on in memory for all the right reasons.

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