When covered in bites and itching incessantly, you might be willing to try just about anything to ward off mosquitoes. However, not all tactics pack the powerful punch you’re hoping for. Read on for four mosquito treatment options that don’t always conquer the battle against mosquitoes.
If you have a mosquito problem, purchasing a citronella candle to quell it might be your first instinct. The strong scent is said to mask other scents that attract mosquitoes, but whether or not it actually does (and for how long) is debatable. In Fact, the CDC does not list citronella products on its list of recommended mosquito repellents. In addition, the strong scent combined with the smoke a citronella candle emits could aggravate asthmatic tendencies within individuals.
Mosquito coils are cheap and easily transportable, and some studies have shown that they can aid in warding off mosquitoes, provided you don’t find broken coils inside the package – a common occurrence when you order the product online and have it shipped. Shipping hassles aside, the coils are comprised of a mixture of substances. In addition to the products that repel mosquitoes, there are additional resources used to hold the coil together that give it the ability to slowly smolder. Some studies have shown that burning one coil is equivalent to burning somewhere between 75-137 cigarettes. Inhaling the smoke emitted from that slow burn presents its own set of health risks.
Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
While bracelets require minimal effort, some can clash with your jewelry and hinder your fashion statement. In addition, their potency for repelling annoying bugs is minimal. Mosquito Squad’s Traditional Barrier Treatment eliminates up to 85 - 90% of mosquitoes. You would need thousands of bracelets scattered around your yard to match those results.
Tennis Racket Bug Zapper
In between minding the grill and catching up with family, you’ll need to be hyper aware of the mosquitoes circling your yard so that you can be ready to swat them when they come too close. Unless you’re a tennis pro (real or perceived), this tool will probably feel more like a workout and less like a break from mosquitoes. You also have to be cautious with it around children as the zapper can cause a small shock once it’s turned on.
Want to actually take back your yard from mosquitoes (and other pests too)? Call the experts – contact your local Mosquito Squad today!