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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Dangers of Mosquitoes

As mosquitoes in Uganda carry fatal diseases such as Malaria, Yellow Fever and the West Nile Virus, it is especially important to take precautionary measures to prevent contracting any of these viruses. Mosquitoes are especially a problem in the sense that around 1 million people per year in Uganda contract Malaria, where cases have been reported that children under the age of 5 years have the parasite transmitted through mosquito bites, present in their blood, relating to around fifty-five thousand annual fatalities.

If you do however, detect a mosquito infestation, the best steps to take to get rid of mosquitoes is to apply an insect repellent to the skin, make use of insecticides, remove stagnant water around your home and keep weeds and grass as short as possible. 

It is further important to call in professional pest control to get rid of mosquitoes around your home.

Tips on how to get rid of Mosquitoes

If you have a mosquito problem, you can help reduce their numbers by controlling weeds on or near your property. 

Mosquitoes can be controlled as other flies

During the day, mosquitoes spend their time resting on low-lying vegetation. 

They are attracted to the vegetation because of the higher humidity levels, allowing them to survive daytime temperatures without drying out.

  • Do not allow weeds to grow uncontrolled
  • Keeps weeds in nearby lots trimmed (if possible)

It is also important to remove stagnant water in and around your property as a means of mosquito control to get rid of mosquitoes, as they prefer to breed in warm and damp conditions.

  • Ensure that your drains are kept clear and running and treat drains that seem to contain mosquitoes with bleach. Make sure that gutters and water gullies are not blocked.
  • Control mosquitoes by covering water butts with a lid and not leaving water around (for instance, in watering cans).
  • Introduce goldfish into garden ponds to eat mosquito larvae.

Mosquito Treatments

Mosquito repellent

DEET is the most widely used active ingredient in insect repellents, and has been shown to be a safe and highly effective mosquito repellent to get rid of mosquitoes. Using a DEET-based product is recommended as the most effective method of mosquito control.

Natural mosquito repellent

A natural mosquito repellent and alternative to DEET-based products is Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, which can often found as an ingredient in insect repellent products and can be applied to the skin. However, if you buy this product from a natural health food store, it will not be as effective as a commercially available insect repellent with an OLE formulation. Citronella oil is also a renowned plant-based mosquito repellent, which is used in candles and incense burners.

Although there are a wide range of pest control products available, such as mosquito repellent, these are not always enough to control a big mosquito problem.

Mosquito Nets

Be sure to make us of mosquito nets over bedding, as mosquitoes attack during evenings (and rest in the day). Be sure to treat both the netting and the clothing you sleep in with Permethrin. If mosquitoes do land on you, the chemical will kill them instantly. Be sure not to apply directly to the skin. Tip: place the nettinbg and / or clothing in a plastic bag and spray the chemical inside. This will ensure that it is applied throughout.

How to get rid of mosquitoes: Professional Mosquito Services

A serious mosquito problem will often require the help of a professional pest control specialist. Rentokil is able to provide localised relief for mosquito problems. 

We offer a mosquito treatment that targets the larval stage of mosquitoes, whereby our pest control specialists treat still-standing water with mosquito repellent chemicals wherein mosquitoes breed. This mosquito control solution will get rid of mosquitoes before they develop into adults.

Contact Rentokil on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 or email us for advice on how to get rid of mosquitoes on your property. Our Pest control specialists will provide you with an expert mosquito repellent solution to prevent mosquito bites and problems with these annoying mozzies breeding on your premises.