How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Inside the House

Author: Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC
Mosquitoes are found mostly in areas of high humidity and survive by sucking blood from animals and humans. Mosquito bites not only cause irritation but also through biting, mosquitoes can transmit diseases like malaria and dengue. The market is filled with tools and mosquito repellent products to kill or get rid mosquitoes inside the house. You can also kill mosquitoes by slapping them with a swatter, squishing them between a double-handed clap or flatten them with a rolled up a magazine or newspaper.

Chemical repellents

If you want to ensure you and your family stays bite-free then the most effective way is to use a chemical mosquito repellent. It is recommended you use a chemical mosquito repellent containing 30-50% DEET for adults and products with a concentration of no more the 10-30% for children over 2 months of age. These chemical mosquito repellents are proven to be the most effective in keeping mosquitoes away from your skin. If you are applying sunscreen, ensure you apply the mosquito repellent over the top not the other way around as sunscreens block the effects of chemicals.

Mosquito netting

If you live in a high mosquito area and have small children, it is recommended you use mosquito netting to protect infants less than 2 months from mosquito bites. Chemical repellents are deemed dangerous for the health of the infants and should be avoided at all costs. Mosquito netting is also beneficial if you like to sleep with the windows or doors open at night providing mosquitoes access.

Natural mosquito control

For a natural alternative to mosquito control, you have some options. For example, you may want to use essential oil based repellents. To learn more about using essential oils please see our blog post about the dangers of DEET for information on specific natural options and information on how to use them safely and effectively. 

It is important to note that while natural repellents may be effective in deterring the mosquitoes, they can cause adverse reactions on your skin, so educated and safe use is recommended.

Another natural product on the market that is effective in repelling mosquitoes is Skin Armour Deep Woods Outdoor Soap.  It is 100% natural and non-toxic made from powerful natural oils and herbal extracts. After bathing with this soap your body sweat will produce a nice smell and this smell repels away the mosquitoes. This soap is a must while camping outdoors and is suitable for any skin type. Another positive feature of this soap is that it does not cause any allergy to your skin and moisturizes your skin.

Mosquito-repellent clothing

Your choice of clothing also plays a major part in protecting yourself from mosquitoes inside the house. To effectively avoid mosquitoes, your clothing should cover all parts of your skin from head to toe. Long-sleeved shirts and long pants will protect you from mosquito bites both indoors and outdoors. Avoid wearing black or other dark colors like dark blue, red and green as dark clothing especially in warm weather keeps your body warm. Mosquitoes are attracted to warm bodies.

Avoid wearing any perfumes, as mosquitoes are attracted to scents mixed with the sweat from our bodies. If you consume food with a lot of garlic content then your sweat also smells like garlic. The smell of garlic deters mosquitoes from homes and keeps them at bay.

Around your home, you can use silicone caulk or screen patches can be used to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. Ensure any screens do not have holes or tears and use weather stripping products to seal door gaps, especially under the doors. Insect-proofing your home is an important step to reduce the access of mosquitoes.

If you have mosquitoes in your home, a handy, cost effective tip to remove them is to take a small bowl filled with water and add one camphor tablet (10 grams) to it. Place the bowl in a corner of the room to avoid anyone standing in it and you will find the mosquitoes will immediately fly away. For larger sized rooms, crush the camphor slightly before diluting it with water. You need to repeat this process every 2 days or the effect of the camphor may fade away. The same water can be used to wipe the floor of your house because it is a powerful disinfectant. Ensure you keep the bowl away from the reach of children. Camphor has the longest mosquito repellent activity than any other natural products.

Keep the surrounding areas of your home clean and remove any objects, which may contain water, as this will become a breeding ground for mosquitoes. 

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