How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes in the House with Natural Home Remedies
You are comfortably in bed ready to fall asleep when suddenly you hear a buzzing noise fly by your ear. Mosquitoes are the bane of our existence and aren’t always so easy to get rid of. Here are our top suggestions for getting rid of mosquitoes in the house using home remedies.
1. Get an Indoor Bug Zapper
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are one of those insects that seem to come and go no matter what you do to mosquito-proof your home. If you are dealing with a lot of mosquitoes in the area then we recommend purchasing an indoor bug zapper, such as the Katchy indoor bug trap. These devices emit UV light which attracts all sort of flying insects including mosquitoes. This particular bug-catching device stands out because it comes with an inward fan that sucks in any mosquitoes that get too close. Other bug zappers rely on the mosquito to touch the electrical grid.
If you have pets or children at home then make sure the indoor bug zapper comes with the appropriate safety fixtures that would prevent a dog, for example, from accidentally touching the electrical grid.
2. Close the Gaps Along the Doors and Windows
There must be some kind of gap or hole around the house where the mosquitoes are entering from. Pay close attention to the windows and doors and see if there are any small openings along the side. You may want to get some weather-strips and stick them along the side to get rid of any potential gaps.
While you are at it, you may want to install some mosquito-netting on the window if you don’t already have them. They might not be visually-appealing but there aren’t many home remedies that are as cost-effective as a netting.
3. Set Up an Oscillating Fan
This also works well for people who have mosquito problems in the yard. If you intend to stay in one spot (such as when you are in bed) then set up an oscillating fan and have it point towards your direction. Mosquitoes don’t fly well in the wind so they won’t have much of a chance landing on your body if you have the fan on. It won’t get rid of the mosquitoes like a trap would but the power of the fan will at least keep the insects well away from your body.
4. Use Citronella-Based Body Soap
Mosquitoes do not like the scent of citronella so it may help if you switch to using citronella-based soap when you shower. In addition to its anti-mosquito benefits, citronella oil is known for promoting wound healing, fighting fatigue, and helping treat parasitic infections. SallyeAnder No-Bite-Me Soap is one we recommend as it comes with a nice scent.
5. Catch the Mosquito with Your Phone
If you are dealing with a lone mosquito at night then here’s a simple trick to catch it quickly. Temporarily change your phone setting so the brightness timeout setting is extended. Next, place the phone next to you and wait quietly until the mosquito appears next to your phone. Now is your chance to swat the mosquito and get rid of it once and for all. Apparently, mosquitoes are also attracted to the odor of carbon dioxide so breathing heavily may also attract the mosquitoes closer to you. If you can’t catch it with your hand then use a good old swatter.
6. Growing Mosquito-Repelling Plants
You may have also come across suggestions for growing plants that have the property to repel mosquitoes. It will need a lot of these plants to have a small effect against the flying insect, but adding greenery to your home is never a bad thing so why not give gardening a go if you haven’t tried it yet? Some of these mosquito-repelling plants are easy to grow, including basil and lavender.
7. Make Your Own Mosquito-Repellent Spray
It’s possible to make your own mosquito repellent using goods you can easily find in stores. According to the Healthline, natural ingredients you could consider for your DIY bug spray include lemon eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, and citronella. Please always take safety precautions when using essential oil. For example, the oil should never be applied directly to the skin without being properly diluted.
8. Get Rid of Standing Water
In addition to the above elimination methods, it’s also important that you take preventive steps to prevent the mosquitoes from breeding. This means you need to identify and get rid of any standing water that’s around your house. The standing water is the perfect place for mosquito larvae to grow so it’s vital that they are removed.