No one wants to have mosquitoes around them.

These small, blood-sucking pests can distract you from getting a good night’s rest and leave you with a small itch.

If you’re traveling to a tropical region, it’s even worse.

Mosquitoes love hot climates, and that’s why you would notice them mostly in the summer.

These insects transmit malaria and other mosquito borne diseases that could kill with time if not treated promptly.

So how can you protect your home from a mosquito invasion?

What are ultrasonic devices?

To know if these devices work, let’s refer to the science behind them.

Both ultrasonic mosquito repellents and an ultrasonic repellent devices, all work the same way.

Ultrasonic devices release high-frequency sounds known as ultrasonic waves. Scientific evidence shows that we can’t hear ultrasonic sounds, because they are above our range of hearing.

Human ears can pick up sound around us, but when it is more than 20khz, it becomes inaudible to us. Maybe our ears were made that way to protect us from really high sounds.

Anyway, the fact that we can’t hear these sounds doesn’t mean pests like mosquitoes can’t. This is where it gets interesting.

Animals can hear ultrasonic sounds higher than 20khz.  An ultrasonic mosquito repeller emits these high-frequency sounds and keep pests like mosquitoes off your property. They do this without the use of harmful chemicals, and just need a power source to function.

Do ultrasonic repel mosquitoes?

Many homeowners love the idea of an ultrasonic pest repeller.  It’s safe for kids and pets and promises to get the job done.

We hate to burst your bubble, but there’s no solid proof these ‘awesome’ devices actually work to repel mosquitos.

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How do mosquitoes detect us in the dark?

Mosquitoes are known to have an excellent sense of smell. It’s that great sense of smell that allows them to detect us in the night.

You release carbon dioxide when you breathe out, right? They use carbon dioxide to know our location and where to bite us. Humans also release different scents, which mosquitoes can easily pick up.

Repelling mosquitoes: What else can I use?

Most pest control methods focus on killing the pest in question.

However, mosquito control methods are much different.

They are not focused on killing mosquitoes, but preventing them from getting to you.

There are several other repellents you can use apart from ultrasonic pest repellents. These anti mosquito methods have been tried over time, and you can pick any you like.

Before we go into the pest control methods, understand that most of these methods are based on a mosquito’s sense of smell.

As we said, mosquitoes can pick up smells easily. Any strong smell would definitely keep them at bay.

1. Peppermint:

Mosquitoes hate anything that remotely smells like mints, such as peppermint.

You can combine a few drops of peppermint oil and water and turn the mixture into a mosquito repellent spray. You can also grind peppermint leaves and spray the powder around areas you see a lot of mosquitoes.

Peppermint can be used as a relief from a mosquito bite too. Just rub the affected area with peppermint oil or ground peppermint leaves.

2. Citronella

Citronella is very popular, especially when it comes it preventing mosquitoes.

Citronella candles, apart from offering a nice scent to your home, can be used to repel mosquitoes.  The downside of citronella is that it doesn’t work for long. You can only use it as a temporary repellent for mosquitoes.

3. Commercial mosquito repellent

There are a lot of commercial mosquito repellents today.

One popular category is the category that contains DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide).

It’s usually yellowish and present in many repellents. While it is advisable for you to buy repellents with DEET, you have to be careful with them as they can still harm you.

As a rule, don’t apply them on toddlers. If you must apply them on older children, ensure that it doesn’t get to their hands. This is because they can play around with it and ingest it.

Avoid applying it to wounds or allergy sites. Also, don’t apply such repellents directly to your face. You can apply them to headwear or dab them lightly on your face with your palms.

4. Insecticides:

If you’re not comfortable with the idea of applying anything to your body, then you could use insecticides.

Pyrethrin insecticides work best for mosquitoes as they can kill them almost instantly.

To spray insecticides, lock up doors and windows before you start spraying. Then, ask everyone to leave the house as you spray your house with insecticide. Stay away from your home for some time.

This way, you will kill both mosquitoes and other insects disturbing your beloved home. After some hours, you and your loved ones can return to your home.

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How can I avoid a mosquito bite?

Preventing mosquito bites is important.

They can be a total nuisance.

Firstly, whenever you see a small reddish spot on your skin suspected to be a mosquito bite, please don’t scratch it. These bites usually appear as a welt and will go on their own within a day or two. If you scratch them, they might turn to open sores, which can be infected by anything.

Preventing mosquito bites can be done by:

Wearing long clothing:

If you’re going to stay outdoors for long, make sure you expose as little of your skin as possible. Now, this doesn’t mean you should wear a hazmat suit, but you should wear comfortable long-sleeved shirts and trousers.

Remove stagnant water:

Mosquitoes love to breed in stagnant water. If there’s any stale water in containers around your house or in birdbaths, dispose of them immediately. Clear up clutter that can store up water too, like rubber tires and abandoned plant pots.

Don’t come out at night:

If you don’t want to be bitten by mosquitoes at all, stay indoors when evening starts approaching. Mosquitoes are not very active in late mornings and afternoons, so you can enjoy the outdoors during these times.

Get a bug tent:

Going for an outdoor vacation or camping? Get a bug tent. These tents are specially made to prevent mosquitoes and other bugs from getting access to you. Make it a point of duty to inspect your tent for tears or holes too.

Do ultrasonic devices on phones work?

Yes, some apps claim to emit ultrasonic sound waves. You can get them on both on Google Play Store and the Apple Store. Although there’s no real proof that these apps work, you can still try them out as they are free.

Conclusion:

Ultrasonic pest repellers are touted as substitutes for mosquito control methods like coils, but in reality, they are ineffective.

To stop those irritating insects from getting into your home, use the preventive measures in this article.

Remember, it’s useless to get rid of mosquitoes without doing anything serious to prevent them. If you can’t handle the mosquito population in your home, you should call a pest control company. It would be able to deal with mosquitoes without harming you and with little stress.

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