Category Archives: Mosquitoes

Mosquito control, bite treatment, and itch remedies.

Natural Enemies Of Mosquitoes – List Of Mosquito Predators

Mosquitoes are a dreadful nuisance to mankind. Not only do they bite people, they are vectors for some terrible diseases, such as malaria and yellow fever.

As such, mosquito control has become an important aspect of disease prevention; especially where mosquito-borne illnesses are endemic.

Mosquitoes are not without natural controls, which sometimes can be exploited by man to help reduce mosquito populations. Some of the natural enemies of mosquitoes are discussed below.

Western Mosquitofish

Western-Mosquitofish

The western mosquitofish, Gambusia affinis, is a small fish whose native range mostly exists in the south-central United States.

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How To Rid Your Yard Of Mosquitoes – Tips That Really Work

Mosquitoes can really take the fun out of spending time in the yard. Not only do they ruin summer days and evenings leaving everyone annoyed and itchy, in recent years they have become a real cause for health concerns due to mosquito-borne illness.

Depending on your situation you may not be able to get rid of the flying bugs completely but there’s a lot you can do to minimize the influx.

Here’s an overview of how to control mosquitoes in your home’s outdoor area. We have separated old wives tales from science-backed remedies, fiction from fact. The result,  16 tips that actually work. Based on research, pest experts, and user experiences.

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The Best Mosquito Repelling Plants According To Studies

It is commonly believed that certain plant species repel mosquitoes and thus protect from bites.

Websites and other sources claim that mosquitoes and other bugs “can’t stand the pungent scent” a certain plant aerates thus making it “an excellent mosquito repellent”.

A friend of mine insists that growing lavender on his balcony under his bedroom window is the reason he never has the pesky bugs in his bedroom.

The truth is that omnipresent claims such as the following are often exaggerated or just nonsense.

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Do Peppers And Capsaicin Cream Offer Itch Relief?

You  may have heard about pepper and the substance that makes them spicy, capsaicin, being used for pain relief. For instance by arthritis sufferers.

By over-stimulating the nerves pepper is claimed to offer mosquito itch relief as well. We are wondering,  is this true? Can peppers really make mosquito itch go away. Let’s take a look at what studies say.

The claim

Rubbing peppers or applying capsaicin cream on your mosquito welt takes away the annoying itch.

The theory, pepper as an ancient medicine

Peppers have been known for their medicinal properties since the dawn of mankind.

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Why Do Mosquito Bites Itch?

squirrels suffer from itch too
mosquitoes do not only bite people, they bite squirrels too

If you’ve ever experienced one, there’s a good chance that you’ve asked yourself why a mosquito bite itches so much.

Most of the time, the swelling and redness that are associated with a bite from a mosquito are minor annoyances when compared to the irresistible itching sensation that is another very common reaction.

But what causes the itch and why does it affect some people and not others? This in-depth exploration of the science behind an itchy mosquito bite should help to clear these questions right up for you.

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Off! Mosquito Clip On Fan, Does It Work?

What’s the top spoiler when camping, trekking, playing, or simply relaxing outdoors?

Getting swarmed by insects particularly of mosquitoes. The conventional solution to protect your skin is to use mosquito repellants in the form of spray or lotion.

Although they are very much safe and effective, a lot of people think twice in using them because of that sticky feeling and somewhat unique smell.

According to Off!, the next best alternative is to use a mosquito clip on fan.

What is a mosquito clip-on fan and how does it work?

The clip on fan is a small device which promises to drive away mosquitoes without the need for you to apply repellant sprays and lotions.

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Is DEET Safe? The Pros and Cons Of DEET Mosquito Repellent

If  you have ever been to tropical areas you’ll probably have used DEET. Especially in those regions of the world where malaria is a threat, an effective mosquito repellent is a must. And now that the West Nile virus has made its entrance in the US it may be a required for domestic use too.

Anyone who has sprayed their skin with the chemical repellent and then picked up a nylon jacket or plastic shades may have seen the item fall apart in their hands.

DEET can damage all kinds of synthetic items, from flipflops to water bottles. It may take of your nail polish or disintegrate your tights.

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Why Do Mosquitos Bite Me And Not My Friend ?

some people are mosquito magnets
some people are mosquito magnets

Have you ever returned from the woods, covered in mosquito bites, while your friends are somehow untouched?

Or your significant other doesn’t seem to be bothered at all during that hot summer night while you lie awake from the buzzing while suppressing the urge to scratch your itchy welts.

You’re probably among the 20% of people who are naturally attractive to mosquitoes. According to other experts such as Jerry Butler, PhD, professor emeritus at the University of Florida this number is a bit lower.

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