Keeping Mosquitoes out of Your South Florida Home
Zika has become a concern for many Miami area homeowners. The good news is, you probably already have some secret weapons in your home to keep the mosquitoes out and your family safe.
Make Use your AC is Serviced
Zika carrying mosquitoes like to bite during the day time. This is no time to have an AC emergency. Make sure car and home air conditioners are to reduce your exposure to mosquitoes and the Zika virus.
Replace or Install Window Screens
Window screens and screened rooms help mosquitoes from making contact with humans and will help to reduce the spread of Zika.
Check screens for punctures. Ensure window screens are properly fitted and installed and replace anything that isn’t.
Use Plants to Keep Zika Carrying Mosquitoes Away
Plants naturally detract or attract different species of insects and other pests. Strategically placing plants that repel mosquitoes is a good way to help keep them out. You can freshen up your home in the process. The good news is some of these are easy to keep on hand in a Florida kitchen or patio.
Try making a natural mosquito repellent!
Start with seeping basil and hot water as if you were making tea.
- 1 cup of dried basil
- 1/2 cup boiling water
If you have a tea ball on hand that can make it easier.
- a few drops of basil essential oil
- 1/2 cup of some sort of alcohol (anything that is safe for the skin will work.)
Basil is easy to grow in a Florida garden, patio or even kitchen window with enough sunlight. Just make sure you keep it well harvested.
Crushing or chopping a fresh garlic bulb produces a medicinal compound called allicin that works as a natural mosquito repellent.
- Blend garlic bulbs with water.
- Use the garlic water to water plants to repel mosquitoes.
You can use this garlic water anywhere that you want. The finer that you chop or blend the garlic the more allicin you will produce.
Lavender grows well in Miami. It does well in the heat and humidity and is easy to grow in pots on a patio. It is also a great mosquito repellent.
If growing your own isn’t your thing, you can purchase lavender products that will work just was well. Lavender lotions and essential oils can work for mosquito repellent.
Plants are not just good for keeping pests away. They also help improve indoor air quality.
Let us know if we can help you with your AC Repair or if you have any other strategies that you and your family are using to keep those pesky mosquitoes away.