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Prevent the itch: how to stop mosquitoes from getting into your home

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Despite their fragile appearances, mosquitoes can be both a nuisance and a threat to the health and safety of you and your family. Not only can mosquito bites be annoyingly itchy and irritating on the skin, but they are also known to spread a number of sometimes dangerous diseases, such as Dengue fever, Ross River virus, Australian encephalitis, and more. In Australia, residents and tourists are constantly advised to avoid mosquito-infested areas in order to avoid being infected by these diseases. However, sometimes it's unavoidable as mosquitoes may find a way onto your property, especially during the warmer times of the day. If you've noticed a few flying around inside or outside of your home, there are a few things you can do to mitigate the risk.

Remove sources of water

As is the case for some other insects and pests, like cockroaches, mosquitoes breed in and are attracted to wet and damp areas and still water. This is why swampy areas and shorelines are often completely full of mosquitoes. To prevent an influx of mosquitoes in your household, get rid of any sources of water that may support them. This includes any bowls of water you may be leaving out for your dog, hard to see puddles in the garden, and even your gutter, which may have become clogged and could support mosquito life. Furthermore, to prevent water from gathering on your property in the future after it rains, fill in any holes or crevices. 

Check your screens

Second, you'll want to inspect your screen doors and windows for any tears. Sometimes, these openings may be particularly small and hard to see, so be meticulous with your examination. If you do find any holes or areas of your home that aren't covered, consider purchasing and installing a new screen. The added protection is worth it. Finally, remind your kids or anyone in your home unfamiliar with fly screens to always close the door behind them when entering or exiting the building.

Use insect repellant and natural oils or candles

If the problem is severe, consider buying some insect repellant and mosquito deterring oils. Body repellants come in the form of sprays and creams that you wipe onto your skin to discourage mosquitoes and other insects from choosing you as their next meal. Other natural oils and candles create a scent that mosquitoes can't handle. Citronella oil is particularly common and effective in warding off any unwanted visitors.

This list is hardly comprehensive. If the situation becomes unbearable, consider calling pest control. They will be able to get rid of any mosquito breeding grounds in and around your home and will advise you on how to prevent them from returning.