To control indoor mosquitoes means to prevent their bites and diseases associated with the blood-sucking insects. Mosquito control indoors is connected with prevention (installation of physical barriers and removal of mosquito-breeding sites), and extermination of the pesky biting insects that have already entered the house.
How to Protect your Home from Mosquito invasion?
If you want to live in a mosquito-free house, follow our recommendations. They will keep these pesky insects away from your yard and prevent them getting indoors:
Destroy the places where mosquitoes may lay their eggs.
Remove puddles that last more than two-three days, filling them with gravel or sand.
Repair and plug roof gutters.
Eliminate standing water in old car tires, bird baths, watering cans and buckets, sewers and drainage systems. Dry them out if possible and remove if not used anymore.
Knotholes, holes, cracks and other crevices in perimeter walks and pavements accumulate water as well. Fill them with fine gravel. Instead, plug or seal them with cement to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs in them.
Remove all litter in your backyard as it can collect rain water.
Any standing water in large containers, backyard ponds, swimming pools, storm sewers and others, can’t be easily dumped or drained. Treat them with professional insecticides as directed on the label. Instead, you may apply Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis mosquito control. Bti is a bacteria that kills the mosquito larvae naturally. Where possible, stock the ponds with fish that eat eggs and larva (mosquito fish and minnows).
Install window and door screens to prevent mosquitoes from entering the house. Try not to open windows without screens or nettings. Close the door immediately when you come in.
Plant grass and flowers that deter mosquitoes in the yard. They are citronella, tulsi, lavender, neem, sweet basil, mint, lemon grass, and others. Their smell helps keep mosquitoes out of home.
Attract birds, bats, spiders, dragonflies, frogs to your yard. They are natural mosquito predators.
Inspect your basement and substructures. Use professional labelled insecticides to treat mosquitoes that are hiding there.
Mosquito Control Indoors
How to get rid of mosquitoes in your house if they have already entered? The simpliest way is to plug in an electric heating fumigator or an insect zapper in wall outlet. They work well, if you detect flying insects indoors. Besides, there are commercially available ultrasonic devices and apps for repelling purposes as well.
Liquid Insect Fogger
Electric fumigators contain insecticide that becomes active when heated. These insect foggers create a deep-penetrating fog-killer that flushes mosquitoes out from where they hide or sit. Moreover, they eliminate the blood-feeding insects on contact.
It is necessary to plug in mosquito electric foggers 30 minutes before going to bed. Use them only in a well-ventilated room. Simply open the window while the fumigator is working. In children’s room use liquid electric repellent intended for kids or babies.
If there is no liquid left, you may fill the bottle with 100% pure eucalyptus oil (or eucalyptus citriodora). Natural liquid insecticide is ready!
Electric Insect Killer traps
Another way to control indoor mosquitoes is to use insect zappers. They attract insects with light, warmth, or CO2, and kill them. In fact, there are lots of different zappers. The most common are the following:
- The first type is a light trap that includes solar-powered light bulbs, which shine on an exterminator trap (sticky board or paper). Mosquitoes are attracted to the light, approach the glue paper and get stuck on it.
- The second type uses UV fluorescent bulb, which generates warm light. Then built-in vacuum fan sucks the mosquito into a special chamber. It is a retaining cage where insect die from starvation and dehydratation.
- The third type contains sources of light and of CO2 and a killing grid. Attracted to the glow, flying female mosquitoes get zapped on electric grid.
These traps are not cheap. Though, they really worth the money, as they work and let you sleep tight at night. Moreover, they are eco-friendly, as they do not emit any insecticides.
Get rid of Mosquitoes in your House Naturally
If you prefer natural extermination of mosquitoes to chemical ones, the following recommendations are specially for you.
Anti mosquito Candles
Make at home and burn mosquito-repellent candles. In fact, citronella-scented diy candles have a very strong smell. Thus, it is better to light them outdoors on the porch or patio. Candles with other mosquito-repellent essential oils can be used indoors. In addition, don’t leave the candles unattended while they are burning.
Lemon with Cloves
Moreover, you can do indoor mosquito repellants from products that you have at home. Take a lemon and cut it into two pieces. Then, insert 10 cloves in each of the halves. In addition, place the scented repellants in the corners of your bedroom. Their smell will deter mosquitoes.
Take some pieces of camphor. Light them. Let the pieces burn in all your rooms. Then, shut the windows and doors for about half an hour. When the camphor smoke fades, you may enter the house. Thus, all mosquitoes will die on contact.
Homemade CO2 Mosquito Trap
Scented “traps” for Mosquito Control Indoors
Simply drip pure essential oils onto cotton balls. Lavender, eucalyptus, citronella, neem and cloves oils are the best to keep mosquitoes away. Then, place the scented balls into small bowls. Leave the “traps” in all your rooms. Moreover, you may use repellent aroma hangers and patches with natural oils.
Sticky Tape Traps DIY for mosquitoes and flies
Take some pieces of paper and cardboard. Cut them into strips. Then, mix 60 g of honey, 300 g of colophony and 200 g of flax-seed oil. Instead, you may combine 300 g of pine tar, 150 g of flax-seed oil, 10 g of wax and 50 g of honey or sugar syrup. Cover the strips with a thick layer. Let the mixture soak into the paper. Hang these sticky traps DIY in the kitchen and other rooms. Place sticky cardboard traps on the sills.
Plant flowers in pots for mosquito control indoors. For example, you can keep tulsi shrub, mint or lavender in pots or vases on the window sills and near the entrance to deter insects. Though, flower pots and standing flower vases are the ideal breeding sites. That’s why, fill the pots with sand or fine gravel to keep female mosquitoes from laying their eggs in them.
Whole-House anti Mosquito Treatment
Chemical whole-house fumigation to kill mosquitoes is one of the most effective methods of mosquito control indoors. However, this way of extermination is available with the help of professional pest control service.