Imagine you are relaxing on your couch reading a book with a cup of coffee. The buzzing sound made by the beating of the mosquito’s wings and itchy mosquito bites can ruin your evening for sure. The most dangerous thing is the deadly diseases (Zika virus, Dengue, Malaria, West Nile virus, Chikungunya, and Yellow fever) transmitted by mosquitoes. Getting rid of the mosquitoes from your house will make sure your family’s health and a calm environment.
Have you ever had that same question of how to get rid of mosquitoes inside the house? If so, this article is definitely for you. We will take you through 13 methods that you can try yourself to getting rid of mosquitoes in your house.
1. First thing first: Check for possible entry points and avoid them
- Frequently check for the door, window seals. If you found any cracks, patch them.
- Check for door gaps, especially under the doors. Use a door strip or a weatherstrip to seal it.
- Always inspect the door and window screens. Make sure that there are no gaps, tears, or holes. Use a patch kit, silicone caulk, or screen patches to repair it.
- Use properly fitted window screens for the windows that you like to keep open frequently.
- Close the doors immediately after entering the home.
2. Ultrasonic insect/bug repellers
- The device emits a radio frequency which is very unpleasant to pests like mosquitos, bugs, mice and they will not come near.
- This is not noticeable and will not affect humans or many pets.
- You can plug the device into few outlets in your house to keep mosquitoes away when the doors and windows are open.
- Available with chemicals and pesticides or insecticide-free options. You can select the most suitable one.
3. Electric mosquito traps
- Emits a light that can attract mosquitos into the device and then killed.
- Most suitable to eliminate the mosquitoes in the house when the doors and windows are closed.
- Most importantly, do clean the device periodically.
- The devices are available with chemicals, pesticide or insecticide free option. You can select the most suitable one.
4. Mosquito/Bug zappers
- Vastly used in outdoors. Some devices are designed to use indoors as well.
- Very similar to the mosquito trap. But here, it uses an electric current to kill entered mosquitoes, flies, and other bugs.
- Therefore, it is a chemical-free option.
5. Chemical insecticides
- Chemicals are used to treat your house, especially the dark, humid places where mosquitoes live.
- There are a lot of companies outside, who are very professional in this. Hence, the best option is to consult a professional mosquito control company.
6. Mosquito netting
If you have small children or infants, you will have to think twice about using dangerous Chemical repellents.
- Experts recommend using Mosquito nets for infants less than 2 months to prevent mosquito bites.
- Do you prefer to sleep with windows and doors open? If so, this is the best option for getting rid of mosquitoes. Drape the Mosquito net around the bed in a way it touches the floor on all sides. Regularly check the net for holes. Always avoid touching the net during sleep.
There are numerous mosquito repellent products that you can buy. Most of them are consist, harmful chemicals for you. Hence, we decided to introduce you to some natural ways to repel mosquitoes out of your sweet home. Try using the options mentioned below next time.
Not only for cooking, but you can also use Garlic as a natural insecticide to keep mosquitoes away from your home.
Add few crushed or minced garlic cloves in water and boil for some time. Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray it around rooms, dark and damp areas. The strong odor will keep mosquitoes away.
It’s a waxy substance that comes out from the Camphor Laurel tree. The strong odor of camphor drives mosquitoes away and proved to be a good natural indoor mosquito repellent. There are a few ways that you can use it.
- Close all windows and doors, then light the camphor tablet for around 30 minutes. You won’t find any mosquitoes.
- Add a camphor tablet to a small bowl filled with water and place it in a corner of your room. If your room is large, crush few camphor tablets, put them in a water bowl, and place them a corner of the room or in a dark corner. Make sure to replace them at least every 2 days. The old water can be used when you clean the floors as it is a good disinfectant.
- Spray some camphor oil to dark areas.
Apart from mosquito repellent ability, Camphor can be used as an herbal solution for muscle pain, better breathing, and sedation.
9. Dry ice
Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide (CO2). We also exhale carbon dioxide (CO2) and that is why we are vulnerable to mosquitoes. You know that Dry Ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide (CO2). Let’s see how we can use Dry Ice to repel mosquitos from your house.
- Place some dry ice inside a container and keep that in the room where the mosquitoes are. You will see that mosquitoes have come into the container. Close the lid now. You can do this with a mosquito trap as well.
- This is a time-consuming method, but it is much productive.
- Dry Ice is very cold and if you touch it, it can freeze and burn your skin. Always keep in mind to were gloves and use handles when you are handling Dry Ice.
Citronella is a well-known mosquito repellent originating from Citronella Grass (Cymbopogon Nardus). Some people say that it is effective as DEET which is a chemical mosquito repellent. This is a very effective mosquito repellent according to my personal experience as well.
- Similar to other essential oils, Citronella oil can be applied to your skin.
- Burn a Citronella Candle, Citronella Incense Coils/Sticks, Torch, or some Citronella Essential Oil. The smoke emits will keep away mosquitoes.
- If you have a citronella plant in your house, you can snap off a branch or some leaves and rub it over your uncovered skin.
As per a research paper published in the Journal of Vector Ecology in 2009, Lavender was shown that can repel 93% of mosquitoes indoors and 58% of mosquitoes outdoors. This due to linalool which is available in Lavender. Linalool can be found in many mosquito repellants as well.
- You can apply Lavender oil on your skin and spray around your rooms
- Fill some dried lavender into a cloth bag or small pillowcase and put that inside your room. This is a good option to avoid mosquitoes attacking your baby.
12. Essential oils
Burn essential oil
Take an oil burner and heat some essential oils like Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Citronella Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Catnip oil, or a mixture of a few of these oils with some water. The evaporated oil will mix with the air and keep the mosquitoes out.
Spray essential oil
Take few drops of essential oil like Tea Tree Oil, Lavender Oil, Mint Oil, Basil Oil, Citronella Oil, Cinnamon Oil, Lemon Eucalyptus Oil, Catnip oil, or a mix of few oils and dissolve it in some water. Then pour the solution into a spray bottle. Spray it around your room, door, and window. This might not effective as burning but you can have a mosquito-free area.
Apply essential oil on the skin
Apply a few drops of Tea Tree Oil or Basil Oil or Lavender Oil or Citronella Oil or Catnip oil on your skin by mixing with some water. The smell will keep you protected from mosquitoes.
13. Growing mosquito repellent plants
Tulsi is an Indian herb used for cooking. Well known for mosquito repelling ability as well. Keep a potted plant near your windows and doors. Can also be used to treat mosquito bites.
Basil is a vastly used cooking herb. The smell of the plant keeps mosquitoes away. Very effective to keep a standing Basil plant near entry points to your house.
Catnip, Feverfew, Rosemary, and Lemon Thyme are also plants that can repel mosquitoes. You can easily plant them at the entry point to your home or keep a house version of the plant inside.
Summing up the things….
All these methods have been proven to be quite successful in avoiding mosquitoes from entering your home and getting rid of mosquitoes who are already in your home. Always use a few methods together and it will definitely give you good results.
You can also follow these and let us know your experiences down below in the comment section.
While battling to win mosquito problems indoors, start your new battle to prevent mosquitoes once and for all by breaking their lifecycle. You can do that by getting rid of possible mosquito breeding places around your house and yard. We will discuss how you can do that in our next article.
There is another article written on where do mosquitoes live during each phase of their life cycle. Do you know that there are plants that have the mosquito-repelling ability? Read this article to get to know them. There is another article that has given some clarifications to FAQs as well.