What Smells Do Mosquitoes In South Carolina Hate?


Mosquitoes are a pest that South Carolina residents can’t ever get rid of. Not only are they itchy, scratchy, no-good biting pests, but they are virtually all-encompassing here in the south. Mosquitoes are a pest that we tend to feel more than see, but there are some characteristics to be aware of in your South Carolina backyard:

  • Mosquitoes have long legs that are used to lightly land on human flesh. 
  • The proboscis of the mosquito is just thin enough to slip into the skin without being detected. 
  • Mosquitos are usually black to dark grey in appearance, with a whiney, buzzing sound emanating from their flying patterns.

If you have noticed any of the above characteristics in local pests (or have happened to discover a bite or two), you likely have a severe mosquito infestation in the yard. Breeding pests that require blood meals is a risky business, especially when you are unaware of it. Not only are mosquitoes obnoxious when planning events out in the yard, but they can be extremely dangerous as well. The most common concern with mosquitoes revolves around diseases, most notably: 

  • Zika virus 
  • Malaria 
  • West Nile virus 
  • Dengue 
  • Chikungunya
  • Yellow fever 
  • Encephalitis
  • Tularemia

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to remove mosquito vectors from your South Carolina property. One of the most debated of these includes the use of strong scents and essential oils.

Should South Carolina Residents Use Essential Oils For Mosquito Prevention?

Many conscientious and naturally-minded homeowners are interested in using essential oils for pest control rather than aggressive or toxic mosquito repellants. While this is an excellent idea, in theory, it is far more debatable in practice. There is quite a lot of discussion surrounding the use of scents on mosquito populations, as well as their level of effectiveness.

Are mosquitoes affected by strong smells and essential oils? The answer is more of a ‘maybe’ than anything else. Here are a few smells that mosquitoes in South Carolina hate: 

  • Cinnamon oil is a powerful scent that not only repels mosquitoes but may eliminate their larvae as well. 
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil has been approved by the CDC as a natural mosquito repellant.
  • Studies have found that lavender oil is effective at repelling mosquitoes away from living hosts.

Before you apply and use essential oils around your home, make sure that you are researching and applying them correctly. Many oils should be mixed with lotion, water, or other neutralizing agents to prevent rashes and burning.

Mitigate Mosquitoes Through The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc.

If you are looking forward to removing all traces of mosquito activity from your lawn, you will likely need to invest in a pest control company that has the right tools for the job. For more mosquito prevention advice, or mosquito control that has less to do with smells and more to do with science, contact The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc.

Mosquito prevention begins at home, and The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc will do everything in our power to make your efforts effective, efficient, and reliable. thousands of homes in our South Carolina service area trust our crew to deliver results that truly last and develop a household mosquito prevention plan that fits your unique needs. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach and choose to care for your home using all possible treatment measures, inspection types, and available services.

Contact the team at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. online, through a phone call, or in person at a household inspection. We’re ready to help you eliminate mosquitoes one treatment at a time guaranteed! Reach out to the team today to get started. 

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