How to Repel or Control Mosquitoes Around Your Home

The majority of mosquitoes in the City of Busselton come from the wetlands and are salt marsh mosquitoes called Aedes camptorhynchus. There can also be mosquito breeding in stagnant standing freshwater after periods of high rainfall. Here are some suggestions on how to repel or reduce the number of mosquitoes that may be present around your home -

     Non-chemical methods to reduce or repel adult mosquitoes

  • Screen outdoor patios and sitting areas with fly screens and doors;
  • Use a fan in outdoor areas to create an air pressure change that repels mosquitoes;

  • Reduce the number of lights used at night in outdoor areas and change to yellow or to low fluorescence globes;

  • Use outdoor ‘bug zappers’ on patios and outdoor sitting areas;

  • Cut, mow or reduce the amount of excess moist garden foliage around your home. Mosquitoes like to rest in these areas during the day.

     

    Chemical methods to reduce or repel mosquitoes

  • Use mosquito coils, lamps, candles that burn citronella to repel mosquitoes;
  • Apply a residual insecticide product (one that remains on a surface for 1 – 2 weeks) on patio and house eves, door and window sills, paved areas and some garden areas. The adult mosquitoes (and other insects) will perish after landing on treated areas. Applications that are mixed in a garden or hand sprayer are the most effective. ***Please ensure you read the product storage and handling instructions carefully and use the correct equipment specified when applying any products.

     

    Removing standing or stagnant water – mosquitoes only breed in stagnant water 

  • Dispose or empty regularly all water holding containers including old tyres, buckets, trays, tins, scrap metal, bowls and discarded toys

  • Ensure gutters are clean, free draining freely and do not hold stagnant water

  • Keeping ornamental ponds stocked with mosquito-eating fish, e.g. goldfish, koi

  • Empty pot plant drip trays once a week or filling them with sand

  • Empty and clean animal and pet drinking water containers once a week

  • Keeping swimming pools well chlorinated, empty of leaves and run the filter once a day

  • Repair leaking taps and reticulation which can cause pooling of water

  • Avoiding over watering lawns and sprinkler run off into storm water drains that create permanent pools of water in the storm water drain

  • Fit mosquito proof cowls on the vent pipes of septic systems.

  • Screen rainwater tanks to prevent mosquitoes entering and laying their eggs on the water surface

  • Ensuring that ornamental garden plants such as bromeliads, do not hold water

      ***Please note points above have variable affects depending on the size of the area and number of mosquitoes present and are provided as suggestions only.