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How to ‘deter’ mosquitoes from your home instantly using ‘natural’ methods pests ‘hate’

According to Sophie Thorogood at Pelsis Group, the warmer temperatures make the flying critters pass through their life cycle quicker, meaning they are laying more eggs and, therefore, more are hatching.

There are currently more than 30 species of mosquitoes in the UK and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) recently suggested that more variations could soon migrate here thanks to the UK’s rising temperatures.

With this in mind, it is important to deter mosquitoes from entering the home as it can be hard to get rid of them once they are in the home.

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The expert explained: “Pools of freestanding water provide potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so it’s essential to mop up any puddles on the floor, empty bird tables and clean the gutters regularly.

“If you have a garden pond, removing all water will obviously not be possible, however, there are solutions such as introducing fish such as guppies, koi or carp, all of which feed on larvae.”

Installing fly screens on windows and doors means Britons can leave them open to get some fresh air inside the home while deterring mosquitoes and other flying insects.

They can be purchased from various retailers including Argos for as little as £10, perfect for keeping the pests away.

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Sophie recommended setting up traps to warn off female mosquitoes, including one which can be filled with water, which tricks them into thinking they’ve found a place to lay their eggs.

She added: “This method then traps the eggs and mosquitoes under a protective sticky screen, allowing you to have a bite-free summer evening in the garden.”

The pest expert continued: “A more natural deterrent for mosquitoes is simply lighting citronella candles, which will leave you insect-free and permeate the air with a pleasant scent.

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“Mosquitoes and flies hate the smell and naturally stay away from fire and smoke, making it the perfect repellent.”

Citronella can also be purchased in the form of oil, for a diffuser or can be purchased as a plant to keep pests away.

If you’re planning on spending long periods of time in the garden, especially in the evening, then as well as lighting a candle, it is always advisable to put some repellent on.

This comes in many different forms including balms and sprays to help deter the flying critters away with a strong scent.

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