This is a contest submission by Rita
Insect and rodent control should not be overlooked when planning for emergencies. You should plan to have available a number of alternative methods to control the insects and rodents unique to your area and you should test each method to insure they work to your satisfaction. I am going to address mosquitoes, rats and mice in this article.
Barriers can be effective for controlling mosquitoes in your house. Make sure all windows have screens that are in good shape. If you find it necessary to sleep outdoors or if your house has suffered damage use mosquito nets for your beds. You can use mosquito net clothing when working in infested areas and the clothing is also useful if you have bees or other stinging insects. You can spray your clothing with a mosquito repellent that includes permethrin. Permethrin will maintain the repellent properties for up to six washings. This is the same chemical hikers spray on their tents, pants and shoes to prevent ticks and other bugs from molesting them so if you’re camping outdoors consider using this to repel mosquitoes. Permethrin is also used as a flea and tick repellent for dogs but can kill cats and fish so be very careful if you choose to use this. As with all chemicals read the warning label carefully. You can use personal spray repellents but I prefer to avoid the toxicity and the residue presented by this method but if you use them be sure to wash repellents off as soon as possible. Don’t apply repellents to the hands of small children or anything else they might put in their mouths. Some people use citronella candles or torches filled with citronella oil to keep bugs away from small areas outside, such as a porch or deck. I do not rely on citronella as I am not satisfied with its effectiveness. And note, if there is a power down situation electric mosquito traps will not work, plan accordingly. Don’t forget to stock a couple of fly-swatters.
Rats and mice reproduce quickly so you can’t ignore this problem. I prefer snap traps because they are effective, hygienic, humane and reusable. I avoid using poisons because you can’t control who or what might eat the poison; you don’t know the effect on the food chain; you can’t control where the varmint will die and I prefer to have the animal die as quickly as possible and not to suffer the slow death of a poison. But that’s me. So stock mice and rat traps. If you choose to stock poisons be aware that the regime is attempting to ban the most effective poisons from the marketplace, see this article for more information
While you’re at the store buying your insect and rodent control devices be sure to purchase some diatomaceous earth. Diatomaceous earth can be used for in numerous applications to deal with other bug related issues in the home and garden. One last tip, if gnats are bothering you dilute vanilla extract and dab on your neck and forehead.