Why Aren’t DIY Mosquito Treatments Effective?

We’ve all heard of them—allegedly “foolproof” DIY methods of mosquito control that your brother, mom, neighbor, or Facebook friend swears by! There are only so many citronella candles a person can light, and only so many dryer sheets one can wear under a hat, yet many people will attempt these and more schemes every year before they wise up. All they do is waste time and money before turning to the real solution. So why aren’t DIY mosquito treatments effective?

Some Popular Mosquito Treatment Myths
While the methods are quite varied, see if you can figure out what they have in common:

  • Essential oils are very popular for a variety of uses, and some people utilize them as an all-natural mosquito repellant to replace chemical products and sprays for the skin. Time consuming to make a batch of homemade repellent, this is probably not a time-effective choice.
  • Plants and herbs, such as basil, lemon balm, catnip, marigolds, garlic, lavender, and citronella, are popular choices for gardens, as rumor has it that they can repel mosquitoes. In truth, achieving the maximum benefit necessitates crushing the leaves and rubbing your skin with them.
  • Bug control spray concentrates sprayed onto your lawn using a garden hose can repel mosquitoes for about 21 days, versus the 30 days of mosquito reduction supplied by a professional application. Fun fact: Applied monthly, professional mosquito treatments will reduce the mosquito population by 95 %! That’s amazing!
  • Bounce dryer sheets (the original version) are worn under the hats of professional golfers to keep gnats and mosquitoes away when making that all-important drive or putt. The online magazine of the American Society for Horticultural Science has published proof this will repel them.

Did you figure out what those four methods have in common? They merely REPEL mosquitoes. And there are many more DIY methods that can’t even do that—Listerine, Lemon Fresh Joy, baby oil, repellent coils, bug barriers, and bug shields, to name a few. DIY treatment methods for mosquitoes will at best repel mosquitoes temporarily, and at worst will waste your money and allow more mosquitoes to breed in your yard. 

The Real Mosquito Solution
A true mosquito solution does not simply repel mosquitoes for a brief period of time. The hallmark of the true mosquito solution is reducing and eliminating mosquitoes from your yard, freeing you to enjoy the outdoors with your friends and family. Knowing our region tested positive for West Nile Virus last summer, and with Zika present in every state ,we can no longer just be worried about the itch and annoyance of a mosquito bite—our concern needs to encompass our health, as well.

Peace of Mind
If you’d like to reclaim your yard from mosquitoes and recapture some peace of mind, call the professionals at Holper’s Pest & Animal Solutions today at 314-743-1413.  DIY mosquito treatments are simply not effective. Monthly sprays will give you back some peace of mind, as well as giving you back your yard!