Mosquitoes are one of the worst outdoor pests because of the painful, itching bites they leave as they suck blood. Mosquitoes are also carriers of serious diseases like malaria, Zika, dengue fever, and West Nile virus, which is the leading cause of mosquito-borne illness in the United States.
The best way to take refuge from mosquitoes is to head back inside, but sometimes mosquitoes can find their way into your house, leaving you vulnerable to getting bitten at all hours of the night. We’re here to tell you how to get rid of mosquitoes indoors so you can rest easy at night.
4 Steps to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Indoors
Step 1: Seal up Entry Points
Check your screens for any rips and tears, as even a small one could be letting mosquitoes in. You should also check the weatherstripping on doors, windows, and other entryways around the house. Make especially sure to check the spaces around any air condition units for gaps.
Step 2: Remove the Breeding Grounds
Mosquitoes are less likely to set up shop in your home if you don’t have mosquitoes breeding near your home, so make sure to get rid of any standing water around your home.
Mosquitoes can breed in nearly any stagnant water, even if it’s just half an inch. I’ve seen mosquitoes breed in flower pots, drip trays, old tires, even the bottom of trash cans, or turned-over trash can lids.
Dump out these sources of standing water regularly. If you have any fountains or ponds that you’d like to keep, treat the water with mosquito dunks. Mosquito dunks make it impossible for mosquito larvae to survive.
Step 3: Treat Your Exterior with Pesticide
You can also apply a residual treatment on vegetation and shaded walls nearby where mosquitoes tend to rest. There are a lot of different mosquito sprays for your yard that can help kill mosquitoes.
An exterior treatment can be crucial to your success at knocking down mosquitoes since there are some areas like ponds or lakes that you can’t treat with pesticides, or if your neighbors have standing water on their property that you can’t get rid of these treatments will help tremendously.
Step 4: Scout Out Around the House
If you have a serious mosquito problem, mosquitoes are likely breeding in your home. Just like a horror movie – the mosquitoes are coming from inside the house!
Mosquitoes breed if water is left standing for long periods. It doesn’t take a lot of water either – check your home for sources of water like overwatered houseplants or the drip trays around plants. This is the most common source of indoor mosquito larvae I see.
Plumbing leaks may also be a source of standing water. Check for water leaks under all your faucets and valves around the home. Look for any buckets or vases that may have been forgotten about that have a bit of water left in them too.
Step 5: Try a Trap
To get rid of the mosquitoes, light traps are a classic pest control strategy that takes advantage of the fact that most flying insects are attracted to light. General light traps can trap insects within them, and more specialized models like Dynatrap even incorporate a special paint coating meant to attract mosquitoes and a vacuum component that sucks mosquitoes in from the air.
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Step 6: Start Swatting
Another option is an electric flyswatter, especially since mosquitoes are a bit slower than regular house flies and are likely easier to swat. Their poor flying means that mosquitoes are also vulnerable to getting sucked up by a vacuum. So if you’ve found the places they like to rest in your home, hitting them with the vacuum should do the trick!
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If you have a serious infestation, you may need to try some more heavy-duty equipment. Mosquito foggers can be used to target mosquitoes where they’re resting, likely in dark areas. Just be advised that the fog produced by these devices is toxic, so you should wear a respirator and keep other people out of the house for about three hours after treatment.
Step 7: Light Citronella Candles
Finally, there are citronella candles. These can help get mosquitoes to leave your home as the scent is highly repellent to the bugs. Just be sure no one in the home has respiratory issues that get aggravated by the scent before going overboard.
There are a handful of other indoor mosquito repellents you can try out that aren’t citronella candles if you’re interested in learning more.
Will an Ultrasonic Pest Repeller Keep Mosquitoes out of My Home?
No. These devices, which are purported to release a frequency of sound too high for humans to hear that drives pests away, are wholely ineffective.
Ultimately, there’s no proof that these devices do anything. In fact, the New York Attorney General’s office even claims that these devices could attract mosquitoes. So we definitely recommend skipping this strategy.
Indoor Mosquitoes FAQ
Why are mosquitoes in my home?
Mosquitoes can fly in through tears in the screens, spaces around the edges of air conditioning units, and cracks around windows and doors. If you’re only experiencing a small number of mosquitoes, then they’re likely coming in from the outside. However, if you have a major mosquito infestation, they are likely breeding in standing water somewhere in the house.
What can I burn to get rid of mosquitoes?
For the outdoors, citronella candles may help. However, they can be a bit overpowering for indoors, so you might also try lavender candles for a lighter scent that mosquitoes still can’t stand.