Zika Virus Prevention: 8 Proven Strategies for Eliminating Mosquitoes

To protect yourself and your family from the risks of mosquito-borne illnesses like Zika and Dengue Fever, it is important to take the necessary precautions to repel and kill mosquitoes. Here are some tips to help you do so safely and effectively!

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1. Repel mosquitoes with essential oils

You can purchase essential oils derived from plants such as lavender, cajeput, and citronella, which have mosquito-repellent properties. Apply these oils on your body or clothes to keep mosquitoes away.

You can easily find essential oils in supermarkets or shopping malls

You can easily find essential oils in supermarkets or shopping malls

2. Repel mosquitoes with dishwashing liquid

Dishwashing liquid can also be used to effectively repel mosquitoes. Place a small amount of dishwashing liquid on a plate and leave it outside the house. The mosquitoes will gather near the dishwashing liquid, keeping them away from entering your home.

Repel mosquitoes with dishwashing liquid

3. Planting trees that repel mosquitoes

Instead of using chemical sprays or incense, consider planting or placing plants such as lemongrass, basil, and mint in your home or garden. These plants are environmentally friendly, non-toxic, and effectively prevent and repel mosquitoes.

Planting trees that repel mosquitoes

4. Use dried orange and tangerine peels

Don’t throw away the peels of oranges and tangerines, as the essential oils in these peels are effective in repelling mosquitoes. Burn a few pieces of dried orange and tangerine peels to keep mosquitoes away. This method provides a temporary solution and also adds a pleasant aroma to your home.

Use dried orange and tangerine peels

5. Kill mosquitoes with a vacuum cleaner

Use a vacuum cleaner with a high capacity to effectively suck mosquitoes in hidden corners and under the bed. The mosquitoes will be trapped in the filter bag of the vacuum cleaner.

Kill mosquitoes with a vacuum cleaner

6. Kill mosquitoes with electric rackets

There are electric rackets available on the market that have an electric grid to effectively kill mosquitoes. These electric rackets can be recharged and used multiple times.

Kill mosquitoes with electric rackets

7. Repel mosquitoes with garlic

Garlic is a highly effective mosquito repellent. Mosquitoes are repelled by the smell of essential oils emitted by garlic. Use the following methods to repel mosquitoes with garlic:

– Consume garlic regularly to release its scent through your pores. The smell is imperceptible to humans but repels mosquitoes.

– Apply garlic juice to the skin of small children to repel mosquitoes without the use of chemicals.

– Boil garlic water and spray it in areas where mosquitoes are commonly found to create a mosquito-free living environment.

Repel mosquitoes with garlic

8. Homemade mosquito traps

This homemade mosquito trap utilizes yeast or baking soda mixed with sugar water to produce CO2. Mosquitoes are attracted to the CO2 and get trapped in the trap.

To make this trap, you will need:

– 1 1.5-liter plastic bottle

– 50g brown sugar (or granulated sugar if brown sugar is unavailable)

– 5g yeast (or baking soda)

– Warm water

– Newspaper

Cut 1/3 of the plastic bottle, add warm water and sugar, stir until dissolved. Once the mixture has cooled, add yeast or baking soda, then flip the mouth of the bottle and tape it. Wrap the bottle with newspaper and place it in a dark corner to attract mosquitoes.

Homemade mosquito trap

Hopefully, these 8 tips will help you effectively and safely repel mosquitoes. Additionally, keeping your house clean and ensuring there is no stagnant water prevents mosquitoes from laying eggs. If you have any other effective mosquito repellent tips, feel free to share!