If you live in a humid or tropical climate, it’s likely that you’ve spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out how to get rid of mosquitoes.
Not only can mosquitoes transmit diseases like Zika, dengue, malaria and chikungunya, but they are also downright annoying! Nothing ruins outdoor fun faster than the buzzing, biting pests.
While the market is chock full of mosquito repellents, most of them are laden with chemicals that are harmful to the environment and young children. Isn’t there a better way?
There absolutely is!
Here are 6 things you need to know about how to get rid of mosquitoes in and around your home.
How to kill mosquitoes—and how NOT to
You might have heard that bug zappers are effective against mosquitoes. They’re not. Mosquitoes and other biting pests aren’t attracted to the UV light, but many other (friendly) bugs are, such as beetles, moths, and fireflies.
Bug zappers can also attract stinging insects like bees and wasps, which may sound appealing at first, but these “pests” are good for your garden, pollinating flowers and eating caterpillars that devour your plants!
If you want to kill mosquitoes without harming other beneficial insects, it’s worth investing in a mosquito swatter—basically, a fly swatter that is made of thicker plastic or even metal.
A rolled up newspaper—or a flat-handed SMACK!—will also do the trick. Or better yet…
Use a natural mosquito repellent to keep biters away
Repelling mosquitoes is a much more efficient way to avoid those bothersome mosquito bites than trying to kill every last one of them! A natural mosquito repellent will help you get rid of mosquitoes without harming other beneficial plant and animal life around your home.
Our Mosquito Magician concentrate is made with 100% natural ingredients and is safe to use around children and pets. It can be applied with a handheld sprayer or battery sprayer, or using our patented reservoir machine that works with your existing sprinkler system!
While mosquito repellents containing DEET can be effective, they only last a few hours and can also kill beneficial insects in your yard. Mosquito Magician lasts for days—even weeks!
Get rid of mosquitoes with a tidy yard free of standing water
A very efficient method for getting rid of mosquitoes is to not give them a place to lay their eggs.
Empty any containers of standing water like pet water dishes, rain barrels, kiddie pools, and birdbaths and keep your yard and bushes trimmed.
Water your yard or garden only as much as needed so puddles and moisture don’t accumulate. Mosquito eggs can hatch in as little as one inch of water!
This means piles of leaves or trash, gutters and other areas that you hadn’t thought of can become breeding grounds for mosquito larvae.
Kill mosquito larvae to prevent them from becoming flying, biting pests
As you know, female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Once they hatch, the larvae live in the water for about 10 days.
Kill the mosquito larvae there so they never have the chance to grow into whining, blood-sucking mosquitoes!
There are several simple ways to kill mosquito larvae once you’ve found their breeding spot.
For small pools of water like fountains and ponds, use a mosquito dunk, which you can find at almost any hardware store. These doughnut-shaped dunks are made of bacteria that is toxic to mosquitoes, but they are not a danger to pets or other wildlife.
You can also add environmentally friendly apple cider vinegar or cinnamon oil to standing water to kill mosquito larvae.
Bleach is effective at killing mosquito larvae, but it is also harmful to pets and other beneficial wildlife.
Repel mosquitoes with ultrasound technology — and other myths
Myths about how to repel mosquitoes are almost as ubiquitous as the insects themselves. Let’s explore some of the more common misconceptions about mosquito control:
Electronic or ultrasound repellents are effective at keeping mosquitoes away.
Nope. Scientists have studied the contraptions, which emit a high-frequency sound that is mostly inaudible to humans. In 2010 they concluded that “they have no effect on preventing mosquito bites” and that they should be neither recommended nor used.
Mosquitoes can grow up to two inches in length.
No, they can’t—but that might be a good concept for a horror movie! Crane flies, which look very similar to mosquitoes, can grow that large. (Luckily, they don’t bite.) Most mosquitoes aren’t half that length.
Bats and owls help control the mosquito population.
While bats, owls, and some birds do snack on mosquitoes, they don’t eat anywhere enough to have a real effect on their numbers.
Some residential vegetation produces mosquitoes or serve as mosquito nests.
Not true. Mosquitoes don’t nest. They may rest in the vegetation, and if the leaves and soil surrounded them are allowed to collect water, may lay their eggs there. But no plant can “produce” mosquitoes.
The citrosa plant can repel mosquitoes from your yard.
While citrosa oil (also called citronella) is frequently used as a mosquito repellent, the plant itself does not release these oils and does not act as a repellent.
Mosquitoes can transmit HIV and AIDS.
False, for two reasons: 1) Mosquitoes do not transmit HIV because they do not ingest enough HIV particles to transmit the disease and 2) they digest the HIV particles they do ingest, destroying any particles that could lead to infection.
So a mosquito bite will not cause AIDS, but they can transmit other diseases (such as Zika, dengue, and yellow fever) and they sure are annoying…
How to get rid of mosquito bites on your skin
You can’t get rid of mosquito bites once you have them, of course—but there are things you can do to minimize the itching and irritation that come with them.
As soon as you realize you have a mosquito bite, wash it with soap and warm water right away.
Some of the natural home remedies that can help you get rid of the annoying symptoms of a mosquito bite are:
- Rubbing alcohol: Dab a small amount of isopropyl rubbing alcohol on the mosquito bite to dry it out.
- Hydrocortisone cream: Rub a bit of hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion on the bite to reduce itchiness.
- Witch hazel: The witch hazel plant contains both anti-itch and anti-inflammatory properties. Dab some on the mosquito bite and surrounding area.
- Epsom salts: Take an Epsom salt bath or soak a washcloth in very warm water and Epsom salts, then apply it to the affected area.
- Ice compress: Fill a plastic bag with crushed ice and apply the compress to the mosquito bite to curb swelling.
- Antihistamines: Take an oral antihistamine to reduce swelling and itching.
Of course, it’s best to avoid mosquito bites in the first place by effectively repelling them—ideally, without harming the environment.
Our non-toxic mosquito repellent helps keep the mosquitoes that can transmit Zika and West Nile virus away from your property and your family without endangering your children, pets or other wildlife.
Protect yourself from annoying and potentially harmful mosquitoes with our all-natural Mosquito Magician repellant spray products!