Pest Control

By Adrian Cruce

A Homeowner’s Guide on How to Get Rid of Mosquitos

Nearly 700 million people contract mosquito-borne illnesses each year. Take malaria, for example, it affects hundreds of millions of people around the world every year.

Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to protect yourself from these insects. For starters, you can prevent them from entering your home.

Want to learn more? Looking for a guide on how to get rid of mosquitos? If so, you’re at the right place. We’ll be going over some mosquito control tips below.

Keep reading to learn more!

Eliminate Standing Water 

Female mosquitos lay their eggs (up to 400 at a time) in standing water. These eggs will hatch within three days and become adults in about two weeks. In other words, their populations can grow extraordinarily fast. 

Given that, it’s important that you remove all stagnant water in and around the house. This means removing items inside the home such as plants with saucers or pet bowls—anything that can hold water.

Don’t forget the yard as well. Some places to look include old tires, potholes, discarded cans, clogged rain gutters, and tree holes.

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Install an Insect Screen

The best way to prevent mosquitos from entering the house is by installing insect screens. Made of a mesh material, these screens are designed to cover windows without hindering natural light or fresh air.

Not only that but there are screens that you can install for your doors as well. For example, you can install a sliding screen or a retractable screen, the latter of which will retract back into its housing when it’s not in use.

Mosquito nets for beds are another option for those who want to add another layer of protection at night.

Use a Mosquito Trap 

You can eliminate mosquitos inside the house by using a mosquito trap. For example, many use light or heat to attract mosquitos and kill them once they’re inside. There are also CO2 traps, which can lure them from up to 1.5 acres away.

Or if you want, you can make your own with a plastic bottle. Use a knife to cut off the top and pour 1 cup of hot water into the lower half of the bottle. Add 1/4 cup of brown sugar and allow the mixture to cool down.

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From there, add 1 gram of yeast; it’ll consume the sugar and produce CO2, which will attract the mosquitos.

Place the neck section upside down inside the bottom half of the bottle and tape the edges together with duct tape. Consider securing a black cloth or sock around the outside—that’ll increase its effectiveness.

How to Get Rid of Mosquitos

And there you have it—a homeowner’s guide on how to get rid of mosquitos. As you can see, there are many things that you can do for mosquito prevention, from installing screens to setting up traps.

Looking for more tips like this? If so, be sure to check out the rest of our home section!