Mosquitoes have been attacking the Central Valley of California lately. The residents are hoping to have a little increase in property taxes. This could help them have a break from invasive mosquito species. The Aedes species of mosquitoes are invasive, aggressive biters during the day. They can get you indoors or outdoors. They want to feed on your elbows, wrists, and ankles.
These are ninja mosquitoes. They have this name because of their ability to breed in undetectable areas. They are smaller and more difficult to see or kill. This tinier breed likes human blood better than animal blood. Native mosquitoes in California are much bigger. These feed on cattle because these large animals have difficulty swatting them. The ninjas lay eggs in small sources of water like bottle caps. They survive in these containers for a long time.
New Year’s eve is supposed to be a fun occasion with your friends. Watching fireworks in the safety of your backyard is the next best thing in the time of the pandemic. If you live in California, you will find yourself and your guests smacking and slapping because of the ninjas. Repelling and killing these flying parasites the natural way can help you enjoy your New Year’s celebration better.
It is never a good thing to spray your living area with insecticides and pesticides. Even if you spray your yard with these chemicals, they will fade in the wind and harm the environment. Here are natural solutions to your ninja mosquitoes on New Year’s night and beyond.
- Remove sources of stagnant water
These are favorite breeding places for any species of mosquitoes. Check your yard if there are areas that hold still water. These can be old tires, forgotten toys, and unused pots. Clogged gutters are also ideal areas for ninjas to lay their eggs. Clean your yard and empty these vessels.
- Get some aromatic potted plants
Ninjas do not like basil, marigold, mint, lemon balm, catnip, lavender, citronella, and rosemary. Surround your yard with these plants, especially on the deck, by the barbecue pit, and by the pool. Rubbing their leaves will release the repellent oils on your skin and in the air.
- Clean the yard
Make sure to remove all possible breeding areas for mosquitoes. Trim your bushes and lawn. This will not give the ninja mosquitoes hiding places.
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- Use citronella candles and torches
Places these in strategic areas of your yard. You can position them on and around your outdoor dining area, pool, or barbecue pit. Place some citronella candles inside the house as well, especially if you will leave the doors open during your celebration.
- Decorate your yard with light-colored items
This can make your area unattractive to mosquitoes.
- Bring in fans
During your New Year’s yard party, position fans toward the gathering. Choose waterproof ones if you are anticipating rain. Having a covered party area can help concentrate the breeze more. The breeze will discourage the ninjas from landing on your skin or pets.
- Keep personal repellents handy
During the party, be sure to give your guests repellent lotions or sprays to protect them from potential ninjas hovering close by. If they feel like they are being hounded by ninjas, they could just apply some on their skin.
Capping off the year with a small, intimate gathering in your yard needs safety from ninja mosquitoes. Doing your part in keeping your yard mosquito-free will keep your guests and household healthy and happy as you celebrate the coming new year. It is always good to start the new year without any worry about ninja mosquito bites.