As the mosquito population rises, make your home an insect-proof fortress
Rather worryingly experts are predicting an alarming increase in the mosquito population in the UK from last year. This is due to rising temperatures and early spring sunshine which have activated many of the mosquito eggs that are currently in hibernation.
UK Bite Protection expert and advisor to the UK and Brazilian governments, Howard Carter explains, “All the available data points to at least a 25% increase of mosquitoes
in the UK compared to last year. There were approximately 2 trillion
mosquitoes worldwide last year and I predict that this will increase to
2½ trillion partly as a result of climate change and UK flooding. And
I’m probably being conservative on this figure!”
But there are many ways you can prepare yourself for the biting season as Howard explains. “The best way to protect
yourself from mosquitoes is to remember the simple acronym, ‘CLOAK’:
- C – Cover up arms and legs with suitable clothing.
- L – Light coloured clothing is strongly advisable.
O – Odours, bodily or otherwise, like certain kairomones and perfumes
are strong attractants. So wash thoroughly, including exfoliating with a
loofah, and do not use perfumes.
- A – Apply an effective insect repellent, such as incognito.
- K – Keep away from stagnant water wherever possible.”
But there are also important ways to protect your home:
- Invest in insect screens for windows and garden doors. Appeal Home Shading offers a range of made to measure insect screens
which will keep unwelcome flying visitors at bay. The retractable
screens still allow you to open your windows and doors, bringing a
comfortable breeze into your home, but without the risk of flies, moths
and wasps also entering.
- Clear your gutters regularly of damp leaves and debris which are ideal mozzie breeding grounds.
- Cut grass regularly and keep shrubbery well pruned.
- Make sure there is no standing water around your home for mosquito larvae. Look out for anything from empty flower pots to watering cans.
- Invest in some citronella insect repellent candles.
- Mosquito nets hung around the bed will help at night. You can even hang them from trees in the garden if you’re partial to enjoying your outdoor space after dusk.
If all else fails try upping your intake of marmite. Some people believe that its vitamin b content will repel mozzies.