How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes

With their high-pitched noise around your ears and hot humid days mosquitoes is the last thing you want to deal with on a warm summer night. They sting and bite that will leave you itching and scratching like a dog with fleas. The bites can transmit diseases that are serious. We have some advice on getting rid of mosquitoes from around your home and tips for keeping mosquitoes from biting you.

Why Are Mosquitoes Dangerous?

A mosquito lands on a person's exposed skin.

Small in size with a nasty bite, mosquitoes will leave saliva in the affected area of your skin causing you to itch and possibly leave a rash. In some cases, the mosquito may transmit disease.

  • Not all mosquitoes have diseases, nevertheless they are recognized to transfer pathogens and pass them to another host, leading to the spread of transmittable disease such as yellow fever, malaria and other types of viruses.
  • Mosquitoes are known all over the world. They are really attracted to other parts of the world with warm locations with tropical climates. 
  • Standing water attracts mosquitoes. You are likely to discover larvae in the water that is standing in areas like old tires, gutters that don’t drain, flowerpots, and nearby ponds.
  • Mosquitoes tend to be attracted to us because of the carbon dioxide that given off by exhalation. 
  • We very seldom find mosquitoes in the middle of the day but, from dusk to dawn is when they are really most active. 

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in the House

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When determining ways to get rid of mosquitoes in the house, check under sinks, inside closets, underneath furniture or even in the laundry room. Mosquitoes prefer to rest in dark, moist locations. Once you confirm that you have a mosquito population in your home, remove them with indoor-proven products. 

  • EPA-registered interior flying insect and mosquito repellents can be purchased in fogger, aerosol or pump spray form. 
  • Fans and fly swatters are low-tech solutions that will discourage and eliminate mosquitoes. 
  • Keep mosquitoes from entering your home by fixing or changing any damaged window screens. Add a screen door to exterior doors and screen in exterior porches, pergolas and patios. 
  • If Mosquitoes persist, Call Truly Green Pest Control. We have a mosquito program that will keep you enjoying your yard all summer long. 

 

How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Outdoors

A bug zapper sits on a patio table.

Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid outdoor areas, such as in tall grass, hollow trees or under leaves. If mosquitoes swarm around your house, treat areas under and around patio furniture, in carports or in the garage. Don’t forget to check and treat outdoor storage sheds. 

  • When using chemical treatments, adhere to all manufacturer safety guidelines and recommendations. 
  • Larvicides eliminate mosquitoes before they become adults. 
  • EPA-registered mosquito sprays and foggers formulated for the outdoors spread toxins that will eliminate the pests. 
  • Use citronella torches or candles to keep bugs away from small areas outside, such as a porch or deck. 
  • Fans can blow winds strong enough to disperse mosquitoes outdoors. 
  • Electrocuters, or mosquito zappers, use heat and carbon dioxide to attract and kill mosquitoes. 
  • High-tech mosquito traps use a combination of heat and scent to imitate a human target and attract mosquitoes. When a mosquito flies in for a closer look, a built-in vacuum draws them into a chamber where they are trapped and eliminated. 

Natural Mosquito Repellent and Control

A dragonfly flies outdoors.

Natural remedies are an excellent source for repelling mosquitoes. 

  • Mosquitoes stay away from such kinds of plants as catnip, feverfew, citrosa, tulsi (also called holy basil), rosemary and lemon thyme. Place a few varieties in high-traffic locations around your home, such as for example along walkways, in window boxes or in pots on porches and porches. The plant fragrance and oils are going to act as an organic and natural barrier against mosquitoes. 
  • A number of naturally derived oils, for example, peppermint, camphor and citronella, is often mixed with water and used as a spray to help drive mosquitoes away. Natural oils such as eucalyptus and lavender can be lightly placed directly to your skin to prevent mosquitoes from landing to bite. 
  • Natural predators for example dragonflies feast upon mosquitoes at all life stages. Dragonfly nymphs eat mosquito larvae, while adult dragonflies’ prey on adult mosquitoes. A water feature or pond just around 2 feet deep, that will get five to six hours of sun each day, and hosts some vegetation to help oxygenate the water, is a perfect condition to support dragonfly habitation. 

How to Keep Mosquitoes Away

An old tire in a yard contains standing water.

In order to control mosquitoes, you have to know where to look for them. You need to know where they grow and breed. Once you figure that out, you can remove the larvae and eliminate future mosquito infestations.  

  • Remove areas with standing water: Mosquitoes are attrtacted to standing water. Especially water that is stagnant and stale. A cup of stagnant water is enough to cause a mosquito problem.  
  • Bird baths are cute; however, they are a perfect breeding site for mosquitoes. Clean your bird bath regularly.  
  • Larvicides is a good source to treat containers. 
  • Cans and bottles can hold stagnant water so, get rid of them too 
  • Tree stumps are a good source for collecting mosquitoes. Remove the tree stump 
  • Gutters tend to get clogged with leaves and other organic matter. Clean your gutters regularly.  
  • Pools designed for toddlers often get overlooked. Drain the pools when not in use.  
  • Everyone wants green grass, however, do not over water. 

Ponds that are not monitored will develop mosquito populations quickly. Monitor the goldfish ponds as well as decorative ponds. 

  • Establish fish that consume mosquito larvae, particularly goldfish, bluegills and minnows. 
  • Cut back any vegetation that surround the body of water. 
  • Install pond pumps in order to keep the water moving. 
  • Add larvicides like BTI (a bacterium that produces a toxin to kill mosquito larvae) and IGR (insect growth regulator) to bodies of water. Check packaging to ensure fish can survive in the same water prior to adding chemicals. 
  • Use a product with an alcohol derivative to create a film over the surface of the water, causing the air-breathing larvae to drown while ensuring the water continues to be safe.