Mosquitoes are, hands down, one of the most annoying insects you’ll ever have to deal with. On top of that, they are known to be carriers of various diseases, some of which can cause serious issues. More than one million people die each year due to mosquito-borne illnesses. It goes without saying that you should do everything you can to get rid of mosquitoes in your home, and even try to lower their numbers in your yard.
Fortunately, there are numerous ways to get rid of these annoying insects, and we’ve made a list of methods that are relatively easy to do, affordable, and don’t require any extensive knowledge about insects, chemicals, etc. If you’re looking for an easy answer to the question of how to kill mosquitoes indoors, you have come to the right place!
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Inside the House
Before we talk about the methods of dealing with mosquitoes, it’s essential to focus on the things you should do first before resorting to chemicals and solutions.
- Fix Your Doors and Windows
If you see an increased number of bugs and insects inside your home, chances are your windows and doors aren’t properly patched. Many people fail to realize the significance of this seemingly trivial issue, which is why they are having trouble fighting against mosquitoes and bugs.
The first order of business is to patch the obvious gaps in your window screens and doors. In case you do not have screens on your windows – get them installed as soon as possible. You don’t have to install them on all of your windows, just the ones you tend to open often. Installing something like a basic door strip should suffice, and it should also keep other pests from entering your house. There are plenty of DIY kits out there that will provide sufficient protection, so this solution is, in general, considered affordable.
If you’re not keen on installing the protection yourself, don’t hesitate to hire a carpenter or any other professional who is qualified to deal with doors and windows.
Natural Solutions for Mosquitoes Indoors
Now that you’ve, hopefully, addressed the problems with your doors and windows, it’s time to focus on some of the most frequently used natural indoor mosquito solutions.
Camphor is one of the most commonly used natural home remedies in the fight against mosquitoes. On top of that, the whole process is relatively simple – all you have to do is close your doors and then light camphor (for about 15-20 minutes). It’s important to point out that you should, of course, stay in the room and supervise the process, since lighting anything up and leaving it unsupervised is a recipe for disaster.
The downside of using this method is that you’re going to have to deal with a somewhat foul scent for a while. However, as far as we are concerned, it’s a price worth paying for the cause. Additionally, camphor oil can have other benefits, such as being an excellent solution for muscle pain and light sedation.
As weird as it may sound, garlic is one of the best natural repellents for mosquitoes on our list. Its pungent and robust smell will make any mosquito think twice before entering flying into your room. The best thing about this particular method is that it’s cheap and easy to use. All you have to do is crush a few garlic cloves and boil them in water for some time. Once 20-30 minutes have passed, take the water off the heat and let it cool down naturally.
Subsequently, you should take a piece of cloth and filter the water so that there are no pieces of garlic in it. Then, pour the filtered water into a spray bottle and use it to spray water around the room. That’s it! You have managed to create one of the best natural repellents for mosquitoes in a couple of easy steps, and you’ve spent a couple of bucks at most for the whole thing! It’s worth pointing out, however, that you should expect your room to have a lingering scent of garlic for some time. Once again, it’s a relatively small price to pay for the cause.
Basil is, admittedly, less effective than garlic or camphor, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be mentioned. It is believed that basil has some properties that will chase the mosquitoes away, especially if you use it as a topical essential oil on your skin. While there are reports that even having the plant in the corner of your room is helpful, it’s best if you use it as a topical.
The best thing about basil is that it smells great and since it’s an excellent cooking herb, having a few plants around your house is undoubtedly a good thing.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is yet another plant that seems to have excellent anti-mosquito properties, especially when it comes to killing larvae. On top of that, it has been proven useful for treating mosquito bites when applied directly to the area of the bite.
The greatest thing about tulsi is that you don’t have to steam, cook, or filter anything. Simply plant a tulsi shrub near your window or door, and that’s it! Since this is a herb often used in Indian cuisine, you can even use it to cook some delicious Indian dishes.
Catnip and Feverfew are also plants that work similarly to holy basil. So, if for whatever reason you cannot get your hands on tulsi, don’t hesitate to try the same method with feverfew and catnip.
As you have probably noticed, things with a distinctive or pungent smell work quite well against mosquitoes. It’s no different with vinegar, although making a homemade spray is much more useful than consuming vinegar. Some people decide to consume apple cider vinegar to the point where their body gets a natural, repelling odor. Whether this is a good idea is up to you to decide, but we wouldn’t go as far as to recommend consuming copious amounts of vinegar just to deal with a mosquito issue. Instead, similar to the garlic method, you can create a homemade spray that works well against mosquitoes.
To do this, you’ll need 3 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, 1 teaspoon of dish soap, and a spray bottle. Mix everything, and voila, you’ve got yourself a cheap solution that works most of the time. If you’re using apple cider vinegar, you can pour it directly into the spray bottle without the inclusion of water and soap. Spray it around the room or apply it directly to a mosquito bite, and you should see positive results reasonably soon.
- Coffee Grounds
While this isn’t an indoor solution per se, it’s still a method you should keep in the back of your mind when fighting against mosquitoes. The idea behind it is pretty simple – since we know larvae can be found in stagnant water, you can sprinkle some coffee grounds into ponds around your house. This method will force the larvae to float to the surface, consequently depriving them of oxygen and killing them. Therefore, this isn’t a method of treatment as it is a method of prevention. However, it is still useful to keep in mind, especially after heavy rains.
- Various Traps
If you’re wondering how to catch mosquitoes in the house rather than how to kill them, there are many traps available online, and you can even build one by yourself. Cut a plastic bottle in half, pour some hot water, and add brown sugar. Mix the solution well, and once it cools down, add some yeast. Subsequently, put the other half of the bottle upside down into the other half (with the cap off) and wrap some tape around so that it holds everything together.
The liquid solution inside the bottle will attract mosquitoes, and most of them will drown. The only thing that people find annoying about this method is the fact that the solution needs to be changed periodically; otherwise, it’ll go bad and smell.
- Lavender Oil
Finally, a solution that has a pleasant smell and is hated by mosquitoes! Use lavender oil to your advantage by spraying it around your home or even on your body. You can dilute some of it in water and make a solution, but since you’re dealing with oil, it’s probably not the best idea to try and mix it with water.
Apart from lavender oil, mosquitoes also don’t like the smell of mint. Growing mint shrubs is extremely easy and requires little to no expertise, which is a perfect thing for people who like the set-it-and-forget-it methods. Grow some mint shrubs and keep these buzzing pests away forever!
How About Commercial Anti-Mosquito Products?
Now that we’ve covered some of the most commonly used natural remedies, it’s time to see how commercially available products fare against the natural solutions.
While zappers aren’t a natural way to get rid of mosquitoes, they are still quite useful and come with little to no downsides. First of all, unlike garlic, vinegar, and camphor, you won’t have to deal with iffy smells if you decide to hang a couple of zappers around your home. If you’re worried about power consumption, you can rest easy because the power consumption of these products is relatively trivial.
On the other hand, the efficiency of zappers can be a subject of debate since their area of effect isn’t nearly as wide and large as some other natural remedies. In other words, a swarm of mosquitoes that are 20 feet away from the zapper is highly unlikely to be affected at all and will continue to thrive despite you having the zapper installed. Additionally, most people tend to use zappers outdoors rather than indoors, but since these devices are nowadays designed to be small, quiet, and easy to clean, using them indoors is completely fine.
- Ultrasonic Repellents
There is a lot of controversy revolving around the effectiveness of these devices, and it’s for a good reason. Even though these devices have been on the market for quite some time, it’s tough to prove that they work. Some people swear by them while others aren’t convinced at all.
The biggest issue with ultrasonic repellers is their power, or rather, lack thereof. Some of the latest models are extremely efficient as far as power consumption goes, but that comes with the price of not being effective in large rooms. The good thing about these units is that they don’t require replacement cartridges or refills, so they are somewhat of a set-it-and-forget-it solution.
If you’re out of ideas on how to get rid of mosquitoes in your room, an ultrasonic repeller might be a good investment. However, make sure to read the product description and pay attention to its area of effect because you’ll otherwise end up wasting money on something that’s not sufficiently powerful.
- Bracelets and Other Gimmicks
While it’s important to point out what works, it’s also essential to focus on some things that simply don’t yield any meaningful results.
For example, bug-repellent bracelets DO NOT work. Even though some of these products contain oils that should work well against bugs, the volume of oil used is insignificant, and bug-repellent bracelets are more or less a waste of your money.
Similar to bracelets, the vitamin B1 skin patches don’t work either. Some of them are advertised as super-effective and easy to use, but there is no scientific nor anecdotal evidence of them having any effect on mosquitoes whatsoever. Many studies have shown that both bracelets and patches have zero impact.
You might have heard about the incredible effectiveness of citronella candles too. Unfortunately, this myth has also been debunked in several studies, and they have been proven ineffective.
Prevention is Key!
If you have a mosquito problem indoors, that means you’ve already lost the battle. That’s why it’s vital to break their life cycle before they get the chance to thrive. Fortunately, getting in the way of their life cycle isn’t too hard, but it’s something you ought to do on a semi-regular basis. Otherwise, you might end up killing one or two generations, but many more will come.
If you’re looking for prevention, do the following around your house:
- Get rid of any standing water around your house
- Clean the gutters
- Water landscape features should have moving, freshwater
In case you have old tires or buckets lying around in your yard, make sure they are dry and stay that way even after heavy rains. Mosquitoes won’t breed on wet surfaces per se, but they will use anything that resembles a puddle to lay their larvae. So, having standing water around your house is a huge no-no.
Cleaning the gutters will keep the water flowing during heavy rains, and more importantly, it won’t get soaked up by leaves or other debris. The important thing here is to keep your gutters completely dry when it’s not raining. While this seems like an obvious perk, it’s important to point out that making sure your home does not offer favorable conditions for mosquitoes will significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes finding a way to get inside.
Leaving it to the Professionals
While the vast majority of the methods we’ve covered in this article are easy to use and usually pretty affordable, there are many situations in which you simply can’t solve the issue by yourself. Whether it’s because it’s too severe or perhaps because you don’t have the time to deal with pests, it’s always a good idea to hire a crew of professionals and let them handle the predicament.
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