Aside from maintaining the cleanliness of your car’s interior, pesky little buggers such as mosquitoes should also be kept away. These blood-sucking predators often invade the cabin, most of them have gained access through the door or window that has been opened longer than necessary. They fly around, stalk, and wait for the perfect opportunity to strike you or your passengers. This is why it is important to keep these pesky mosquitoes out of your car. Before proceeding with the different ways on how to prevent and get rid of mosquitoes inside your car, let us first discuss the different factors that attract these pests.
What brings mosquitoes into your car?
- Open windows and doors - One of the common habits among drivers is keeping doors or windows open longer than usual. With that, mosquitoes have easy access to your car.
- Remaining garbage or food inside the car - The odor produced by decomposing garbage and remaining food inside your car is one of those things that attract mosquitoes.
- Nook and crannies - This refers to some potential hiding places of mosquitoes, where they rest and wait for their prey.
- Strong fragrances - Car perfumes or even body lotions are indeed pleasant. However, mosquitoes are strongly attracted by these chemicals given that it signals a potential food source.
- Stagnant Water - Water containers inside your vehicle could possibly serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Therefore, ensure that your bottles are covered or better yet, empty the water on your containers.
After going through the different things that attract mosquitoes into your car, it’s now time to proceed with the different ways to prevent and get rid of these blood-sucking predators.
Other physical factors that attract mosquitoes
- Body heat - Many studies suggest that body heat draws mosquitoes to humans. These pests use their vision to spot a host and thermal sensory information to detect body heat.
- Sweat - Mosquitoes are also attracted to sweat given the odor of lactic acid.
- Lack of proper hygiene - Body odor and stinky feet are caused by the lack of proper hygiene. These generate a strong smell that also draws more mosquitoes into your car.
- Steroids and cholesterol on human skin - According to recent studies, mosquitoes are attracted to high levels of steroids or cholesterol on the human’s skin. Scientists say that cholesterol smells delicious to mosquitoes.
How to prevent or get rid of mosquitoes from getting into your car?
- Regularly clean your car’s interior - As mentioned, garbage and other decomposing elements like food also draw mosquitoes into your car. That said, it’s best to keep your car’s interior clean at all times.
- Apply mosquito repellents from time to time - It’s best to use organic repellents, you can either purchase or make one at home. There are some plants and herbs you can utilize in making your homemade repellent such as citronella.
- Keep your windows and doors closed - Again, when parked, it’s best to keep your windows and doors shut in order to block the passageway of mosquitoes into your car.
- Maintain proper hygiene - Lastly, maintaining proper hygiene should be practiced in order to prevent those unnecessary body odors that attract mosquitoes.
Just follow these simple tips and your car will be mosquito-free in no time.
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