Most Australians, no matter where they may reside, would be able to offer their own little trick to avoid being bitten by a mosquito or, even better, a way to stop the itching aggravation a mosquito bite brings.
Whether you do or don’t have a little trick up your sleeve is not as important as being prepared for the onslaught during the warmer and wetter months of the year. Wet season means mosquito season.
In January 2014, South East Queensland recorded a higher than average rainfall. This above average rainfall disturbed many, many dormant mosquito eggs.
Subsequently, the mosquito outbreak in the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane in the following months triggered the local council to take matters into their own hands and conduct a fruitless aerial spraying activity of some 1,400 hectares of land.
Fruitless because, by then, the plague had grown to proportions so large that it was impossible to contain. The only choice left was to let the event play out and through its natural course.
The only sure way to protect yourself from mosquito invasion is to do all you can to prevent it.
Protecting Your Patch
Amazingly, there is one little easy step you can take that will reduce mosquito numbers immediately.
Empty any and all containers lying around that contain water as they could be the next nesting ground for these insects to lay their eggs.
All sorts of bottles, buckets, ponds, even the saucers at the bottom of your plants that will contain still water, can be targeted by a mosquito so make sure you turn them and empty them regularly.
Bob Gunn Termite Solutions offers a specialised service unique to each of our clients that can create a protective barrier around your home against invasion from areas other than your own garden.
Protecting Yourself From the Onslaught
There are many theories about the reasons why and who mosquitoes bite. Some believe it has something to do with a particular blood type, some say it depends on your vitamin B levels and some say it comes down to diet.
If you are prone to becoming bitten, there are a few good products out there that do not contain any nasty additives, which are safe to put on your skin.
If you are bitten, cover the wound with something such as Vaseline, to stop it from being exposed to the air. Your own spit will work wonders if you are out and about!