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What’s the deadliest creature on Earth? A lion, a tiger, or a bear? (Oh my!) When it comes to human, one of them is responsible for taking more lives than any other creature: the mosquito.
Deaths from mosquito-borne illnesses outpace those from Great White attacks by a factor of 60,000. It’s so important to keep mosquitoes away from your pool.
While that’s scary, most of us just think mosiquotes are annoying. They bite your skin and make you itch. When the weather is warm and humid, the problem gets worse. And the reason for that is warmer weather allows the eggs they lay to hatch quicker.
The female mosqutio is the one that actually bites you. They need your blood to help them nurture and lay eggs.
The reason they appear near your swimming pool is because of the water. Stagnate water is the ONLY place that the female mosiquoe can store their eggs. So if you’re water is moving, they can’t deposit their eggs. Keeping your pump running will also keep mosiquotes away from your pool.
5 DIY Mosquito Repellents For The Pool in Your Backyard
We examined the pros and cons of several commercially available and DIY mosquito repellents. This will help you make informed choices about wow to keep mosquitoes away from your pool
Originally developed by the military after World War 1, DEET is the most widely available insect repellent. It usually comes in the form of a spray or lotion. It has a distinctive smell that repels mosquitoes.
- Pros: Effective repellent of mosquitoes, readily available.
- Cons: Can cause irritation, can melt plastics, and can potentially cause toxicity in wildlife.
Repel 100 Insect Repellent, 4 oz. Pump Spray, Single Bottle
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Popular in Europe since the 1990’s, Picaridin was introduced to the U.S. market in 2005 as a gentler chemical alternative to DEET.
- Pros: Effective repellent of mosquitoes, ticks, flies, and gnats, less offensive odor, doesn’t harm plastic, less irritating to the skin.
- Cons: lasts 40% less than DEET, relatively new to U.S.
Repel 94110 Sportsmen Gear Smart 15-Percent Picaridin Insect Repellent, 6-Ounce Pump Spray (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
3. Lemon Eucalyptus & Citronella
Refined oils from the Corymbia citriodora tree, native to Australia, are commonly used as insect repellents. A similar compound can be derived from lemongrass, which is used to produce citronella oil.
- Pros: 100% natural, generally effective (though not as effective as man-made chemical compounds).
- Cons: Can be an allergen, can cause irritation, less effective than other repellents, completely ineffective against certain species of mosquitoes.
Cutter Citro Guard Candle (Triple Wick) (HG-95784) (20 oz)
Pyrethrin is a natural derivative of the Chrysanthemum flower, used in commercial insecticides. At high concentrations, pyrethrins cause the nerves of the mosquito to fire in a frenzied fashion, causing death. At lower concentrations, it can be used as a repellent.
- Pros: Rapid disintegration in sunlight and air causing zero toxic buildups, effective as insecticide and repellent, relatively safe for most animals
- Cons: Can be toxic at high concentrations (safe handling by a professional is warranted), can be harmful to cats.
Bonide 857 Pyrethrin Spray Concentrate, 8-Ounce
5. Backpack Bug Spraying Companies
Offering a recurring service to protect your backyard from mosquitoes and other flying insects, these companies will typically require an ongoing service contract. The backpack warriors will fog and spray around your yard every 1-3 weeks during the times when mosquitoes are at their peak.
- Pros: Effective when properly applied, helps kill mosquitoes in different life stages
- Cons: Protection fades especially with the weather, requiring multiple and frequent treatments, requires large volumes of chemical that may harm wildlife, does not degrade easily and toxicity can build up over repeated treatments.
Companies such as Bug Off, Mister! install automatic mosquito misting systems that employ carefully regulated pyrethrin mist through nozzles located at strategic areas of the backyard and home.
The service even includes a smartphone app to mist on-demand for special events, or when the weather gives the mosquitoes a boost.
Using Clever Landscaping To Keep Mosquitoes Away From Your Pool
There are other methods of mosquito control. Planting certain plants (like lemongrass) that have repellent properties can ward the insects off, as can using fans to keep air moving. Other methods include building mosquito traps, removing standing water, and treating chronically wet areas with larvaecides.
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Finding the right combination of methods is the key to keeping the mosquito population under control. Hopefully, this article can get you started in deciding how to best protect against nature’s deadliest pest.
How to Make Your Own Bug Spray
When I thought about the chemicals we use in lotions, soaps, and shampoos, I got to thinking about bug spray. Every time I go outside for a long period of time, and there is bug spray around, I usually spray myself down like a car in a paint shop. And I always get back-spray in my mouth and it’s disgusting!
I searched the internet high and low for the perfect homemade bug spray recipe and I finally found one from delicious wife.
In a spray bottle, add the distilled water, apple cider vinegar, and essential oil. Shake the bottle and it’s ready to use. You can cut the recipe in half and funnel into a small bottle…travel size!
Happy Swimming (bug-free)!
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 13th, 2017