What Smells Do The Mosquitoes In Miami-Dade County Hate?
July 28, 2021
Here in Miami-Dade County, FL getting rid of mosquitoes is almost a sport, and with good reason: these buzzing little devils spread disease, leave itchy welts, and generally drive everyone they come into contact with bananas. However, repelling these creatures is no easy task. There are so many options out there it’s hard to sift through what the best ones are. Should you use chemical insecticides? Do essential oils work? What about repellant plants? Below, we’ll answer all these questions and more, as well as talk about the dangers mosquitoes, pose to your and your family’s wellbeing.
Dangers Posed By Mosquitoes
Due to their propensity to spread human-to-human infection, mosquitoes top the list of the world’s most dangerous animals, killing up to a million people a year. Malaria is probably the most famous and dangerous illness spread by mosquitoes. Luckily, there’s none of that here in the US. Unluckily, we still have plenty of nasty mosquito-borne illnesses to worry about. Encephalitis (swelling of the brain) is the biggest mosquito-borne danger here in the States, and there are several different types that mosquitoes spread. These include:
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis
- La Crosse Encephalitis
- St Louis Encephalitis
- Western Equine Encephalitis
It’s also possible to suffer encephalitis from a West Nile Virus infection. Other dangerous infections spread by United States mosquitoes include Zika virus (infamous for causing birth defects), dengue fever (symptoms include fever and skin rash), and chikungunya fever (symptoms include joint swelling and nausea).
Essential Oil Repellants
Nobody wants a bunch of mosquitoes and their diseases buzzing around, but how to prevent them? If you don’t want to hose yourself down with DEET every time you step onto your patio, you’ve got to keep them from coming onto your property. There are chemical sprays you can use to repel mosquitoes, but these sprays are toxic not just to insects, but to people and pets too. However, there’s a more natural way.
There are tons of scents mosquitoes hate. The most well-known of these is citronella, but there are also clove, lavender, lemongrass, peppermint, rosemary, and more. You can plant these herbs and flowers around your home to stave off mosquitoes and treat your property with essential oils in these scents. To keep mosquitoes at bay, try burning candles or torches containing these oils. You can also use carrier oils and dilutants to make repellant sprays. Just be sure to research whatever oil you’re using, as some oils cannot be placed on the skin and others need to be diluted in a specific manner.
Other Prevention Methods
Another effective, non-chemical way to repel mosquitoes is to eliminate their breeding sites. Most mosquitoes need standing water to breed – and they all need moisture, at least in the form of wet soil. That means getting rid of moisture will help discourage mosquitoes from setting up shop on your property. Eliminate things like:
- Kiddie pools
- Stagnant birdbaths,
- Outdoor pet water bowls
If you don’t want to pour these out, change them every couple of days. Also, trim shrubs and unnecessary shade to encourage evaporation and dry out the soil.
Even with all these prevention measures, mosquitoes are highly motivated to set up shop on your property. Your flowering shrubs provide them with nectar, and the people and pets in your family provide females with the protein they need to lay their eggs. Once you get an infestation, can be very hard to get rid of. The good news is help is just a click or call away. Here at Amco Pest Solutions, we’ve been treating pests along the East Coast from New York to Florida since 1935! Whatever mosquitoes can throw at you, we can handle it. So give us a call at (833) 963-2513 or visit our contact page to schedule your home pest control service today.