Protecting Toddlers From Mosquitoes

How to Find and Kill That Single Mosquito Buzzing Around Your Room

You could be sitting there reading or watching TV for hours with no problems, but as soon as you go to your room, get into bed and try to fall asleep, you hear it. The high-pitched buzzing start out sounding faint, but gradually gets closer until it’s right in your ear. You swat it away and turn on your lamp, but it’s too late. You’ve been bitten by a smooth mosquito

If you’re interested in trying this strategy, do the following:

Grab a flashlight and turn off all the lights if they’re not already off.

Turn on a single, small light source—a lamp, phone, tablet. Keep your flashlight off for now.

Roam the room slowly and listen for the buzzing. After a few minutes, the mosquito will likely make its way toward the light source and land on the wall nearby.

Turn on your flashlight and hold it flat against the wall, then move the beam along the wall.

Eventually, the light will hit the mosquito and create a large shadow so you can find it and smash it.

The technology trap

The other method I came across, which we’ll call the “technology trap method,” involves a tablet or phone

You don’t even have to get out of bed to do it. Here’s how it works:

You stay in bed on your back and place your tablet or phone on your chest with the screen on and set to be very bright (tablets work best here).

If you have light-colored or white sheets, bend your knees and poke them up so the sheet is visible when look straight ahead. This will make the mosquito more visible. Think of your tablet as the stage and your propped up sheets as the backdrop.

Now take big deep breaths and exhale in the direction of the tablet on your chest. The carbon dioxide from your breath, in addition to the light, will draw the mosquito in.

Play the waiting game. The mosquito will make its way to you, and might even land right on the tablet. Smash away

Both of these methods seem pretty effective, but I’d suggest you have something nearby to smash the mosquito with. Otherwise you’ll end up with a handful of bug guts and you’ll have to go wash your hands.

 

How do I find and kill a single mosquito in the middle of the night?

Just because it is re-chargeable you can first charge it and keep it beside you and whenever you find any mosquito you can target it and kill this with this racket.

You can use it by pressing that red button. While pressing it there will be some electric charges come at those nets and when any mosquito come in contact with those net it dies at that moment. Since there is one more layer of net to protect you from getting any damage from that and its also not that much risky. If by accident you touch it, it will give you just a little shock but its good to take precautions.

Get a bug zapper. I’ve usually seen these on porches but we stayed at a cabin in mosquitoville and naturally some mosquitoes snuck in. The first night it was bzzzz bzzzz in my ear all night. The next night I found a bug zapper and hung it inside the cabin right by the door. I never heard another mosquito at night for the next six nights.

One way I have tried and became successful many times is by analysis of behaviour of mosquitoes.Mosquitoes try to hide in areas such as shelf,almirah,beneath desks.Now you can create a situation for them.In light open the almirah a bit such that light slightly crosses the almirah.You may find mosquitoes usually sitting there.Dont waste time if you want to kill.Stamp them.

In shelves in one of the corners pile some waste like old boxes and bags.It acts as suitable place for mosquitoes to hide.When you air it you will find it flying.

 

Understanding mosquitoes can help us find better ways to kill them

You might not think an insect like a mosquito could be so complex, so I thought I would share some lesser-known facts about them.

I am a mosquito researcher who lives and works in Florida, and when I tell people what I do for a living, I get all sorts of questions. Not surprisingly, most of the questions I get from the general public have to do with blood feeding and mosquitoes’ disease-transmitting abilities. And like many researchers in my field, I’ve spent a lot of time studying mosquitoes to find better ways to control or eradicate them.

But did you know that many mosquito species can’t actually spread pathogens or parasites? And while no one likes getting bitten by mosquitoes, you might be surprised (and even a little fascinated) at the complex adaptions mosquitoes have developed to locate their favorite food sources.

Blood meals are only for the ladies

The females of most species of mosquito are blood feeders (a practice entomologists call hematophagy), because they use proteins in blood to make yolk for their eggs. They also consume plant nectar to fuel their activities to locate blood sources and lay eggs. Male mosquitoes, on the other hand, feed only on plant nectar.

And in a few species females can produce eggs without a blood meal, using nutrients carried over from their juvenile stage to make yolk and produce eggs. This is termed autogeny.

 

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Constantly swatting away mosquitoes can be frustrating. Fortunately, whether you’re camping or relaxing in your yard, there are some tricks you can use to keep pesky mosquitoes away.

Slap them with a swatter. A mosquito swatter, usually made of a thicker metal or plastic than a regular fly swatter, is mounted on the end of a springy wire. This dramatically increases your chances of hitting a stationary mosquito by increasing the momentum of the swat.

Wear chemical mosquito repellent. Keeping mosquitoes away from your body is the best way to avoid getting bitten. Use insect repellent on uncovered skin surfaces and on your clothing when you’re outdoors, especially during the day. When using sunscreen, apply it before insect repellent

Repellents containing 30% to 50% DEET (N,N-diethyl-m-toluamide) are the most popular type of repellents, and are recommended for adults and children over 2 months of age and are effective for several hours. Repellents with lower amounts of DEET offer shorter-term protection and must be applied more often.

Repellents containing up to 15% picaridin, which must be applied often, are available in the US. Picaridin is odorless, has a pleasant feel, and doesn’t plasticize like DEET. Studies have shown it to be as fully repellent to mosquitoes as DEET and can also be applied on infants as young as 2 months.

Protect infants less than 2 months of age by using a carrier draped with mosquito netting with an elastic edge for a tight fit rather using a repellent.

Use an oil-based repellent. The safety of using chemical deterrents manufactured by combining synthetic chemicals in the laboratory has been questioned, and there are many natural solutions you can use instead. Citronella oil, cinnamon oil and castor oil are reputed to keep mosquitoes away. Most natural repellents require more frequent application or use than the chemical versions.

 

How To Get Rid of Mosquitoes

Their high pitched whine is unmistakeable. Swatting them when they hit your skin is a rite of passage when camping. Yet knowing how to get rid of mosquitoes means knowing how to get rid of a potential disease threat. This guide will help you make that happen.

Mosquito Facts

Did you know that you’re not really getting bit when you receive a mosquito bite? These insects don’t have any teeth. What they do have is a sharp mouth that can literally pry open the skin. Then they have tubes that they’ll stick through the skin to access blood. Don’t worry about the guy mosquitoes – they don’t attack. It’s only the female mosquitoes that will suck your blood. The male mosquitoes only live 6-9 days, however, so it’s not a long, fulfilling life.

Most homes that have a mosquito infestation live near standing water. A pond, a slow moving creek, or another low movement body of water is the perfect place for mosquitoes to grow. These insects spend their first 10 days in water, so if a large storm deposits puddles in your yard, get that water drained in the next week or you could start to see some mosquitoes buzzing around.

Signs of Mosquitoes

If it’s above 50 degrees and there is standing water somewhere near your property, then there’s a good chance that you’ve got mosquitoes. They typically come out during the morning and evening twilight hours, but any time the sunlight isn’t bright and the humidity is high, there will be mosquitoes hanging around. That’s why walking around in the woods can often bring these blood suckers your way.

How To Kill Mosquitoes

Most mosquito control methods actually involve repelling them instead of killing them. It is recommended that everyone wear a repellent that contains DEET to minimize the risk of being bitten by these insects. Mosquitoes in the United States may carry West Nile Virus while worldwide they can carry malaria and cause encephalitis. Any time the temperature is above 50 degrees outside and there’s a suspicion of mosquitoes, it is important today to wear some form of a repellent. No exceptions.