The COVID-19 pandemic has made our homes unkempt. With the number of people that have to stay at home increased, the less time we have for us to declutter, or clean our yard or take care of our plants and tidy up the places where pests can grow.
These places are potential breeding grounds for home infestation and other disease-carrying insects like mosquitoes.
It is said that the mosquitoes right now are more aggressive and would likely use the untreated water in your homes as their breeding ground. Aside from the temperatures rising because of climate change, many homes with gardens that have been neglected are likely to be infested by these disease-carrying mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are likely to emerge hungrier after the lockdown was implemented because there are only a few people that are out and mosquitoes will not have enough food source until the quarantine is lifted.
Supermarkets and grocery stores have only limited stocks of mosquito repellent because of the high demand. Because of the pandemic, people tend to buy supplies more than what they really need.
If you experience mosquito infestation at home and you have nothing to repel them with, you can cover your arms and legs with clothing that will protect them. This will not repel the mosquitoes, but it can help minimize the possibility of them biting you. If you plan to clean your garden and get rid of the water puddles where mosquitoes are found, wear light-coloured clothes. Mosquitoes are more attracted to black and other dark colours.
Perfumes and aftershaves strongly attract mosquitoes so avoid using them if you do not have available mosquito repellents at home. Mosquitoes are attracted to you if you wear scents in your body. You can burn incense sticks that contain citronella or mosquito coils to neutralize your bodily scent so mosquitoes won’t sense you.
Mosquitoes are likely to come out at any time of the day, but dust and dawn are when they start to peak in their feeding. So, during these times, avoid going to the places where the breeding grounds are.
Capsicum or bell peppers are also natural repellents for mosquitoes. Applying skincare that contains it in the ingredients can help naturally numb the skin. Do not apply the capsicum directly as it will cause severe skin irritation.
If home remedies do not solve your problem on insect infestation, the best way for you to deal with it is to call the help of professionals like those for pest control Marlboro NJ.
How to prevent mosquito bites
You can remember the acronym CLOAK for the five important steps for mosquito bite prevention
- C – is for cover up arms and legs with proper clothing
- L – is for light-coloured clothes
- O – Odours, such as perfume, and aftershaves are what mosquitoes are attracted to
- A – is to apply effective repellents
- K – is for keep away from stagnant water and places where mosquitoes are breeding