10 Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Indoors (2023)

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When it comes the time of the year when mosquitoes are crowding your home, and you are sick and tired of swatting them and wave them away with your hand, you start looking for other solutions to this problem. There is certainly good reason to — mosquitoes are not only annoying, they carry serious diseases. While controlling mosquitoes in the yard around your home is the best way to address the root cause, you sometimes need to get rid of mosquitoes indoors.

Controlling mosquitoes indoors can be a little more tricky, because you hate to use harsh chemicals or mosquito repellents with deetin an indoor environment. Making sure you have a safe indoor environment is a balance between keeping mosquitos and diseases away, but also making sure that things like drinking water and air quality are top-notch. To that end, we focus many of our tips below on plant-based solutions, as reviewed by the NIH. To help you control the indoor environment for you and your family, we have come up with a list of the ten best ways to get rid of mosquitoes indoors, but first, focus on the obvious fix.

First and Foremost: Fix Your Screens and Doors

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The gap around an exterior door is responsible for welcoming in many mosquitos – not to mention other bugs and mice.

It might seem a little old school, but it makes sense. If you don’t want mosquitoes inside your house, don’t give them an easy way to get in.

Many bug and insect issues can be solved through patching obvious gaps in your window screens and doors. If you do not have window screens, get some. You don’t need them for every windows, only the ones you like to have open often. Most houses have windows that came with screens, but in older homes the screens could be missing. It is possible to build your own screens such as with this one which retrofits on any window. You can have them made at a hardware store or by a window installer.

As for screen maintenance, even the smaller tear in a screen is enough for many bugs to enter through. Inspect your screens for holes, if even small. Be sure to fix your screens with a simple patch kit.

Doors are the other place where mosquitoes and bugs can get inside. Anytime you can see daylight around a door, a big can easily get in. Other unwanted pests such as mice don’t need much of an opening to enter, either. Provide a good, sealed a barrier to the outside with a door strip or weather stripping. A good, basic door strip is not expensive and will keep bugs out. It will also give an added benefit of keeping cold and hot air, and even mice, out.

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Natural Indoor Mosquito Solutions

Once you have addressed windows and doors, it is time to make sure the mosquitoes that do make it inside don’t touch you or your family. Because we are dealing with indoor mosquitoes, we tend to err on the side of more natural solutions. Nobody wants to be living amid chemicals that could be toxic or harmful, for people or for pets. If you have an opportunity to use a more natural solution, of course you want to. Here are some of our favorite, safe, natural ways to repel mosquitoes inside:

  1. Ultrasonic Bug or Pest Repeller
  2. Camphor Oil
  3. Tulsi
  4. Dry Ice
  5. Garlic
  6. Moquito Traps
  7. Basil
  8. Tea Tree OIl
  9. Coffee Grounds
  10. Mosquito Repelling Plants

Ultrasonic Bug/Pest Repeller

Ultrasonic repellers have been around in some form for a while, but manufacturers are making them smaller, more attractive, and more affordable today. While it is difficult to prove, the ultrasonic devices are said to emote a radio frequency that will be very unpleasant for pests like mosquitos, bugs, and mice. The frequency is not picked up by humans or most pets, so you should not be affected by it. Anecdotes suggest that these repellers work well in many cases, and given that they also might keep mice and ticks away, could be worth a try. Best of all, there is no chemical be released, only radio waves. Find Here.

Camphor Oil

Camphor has been found to have long-lasting effects as a repellant. All you have to do is light camphor in a room with all the doors and windows closed and leave it like this for 15 to 20

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Like others on our list, Camphor is a natural oil with many benefits in addition to the mosquito-repelling properties.

minutes (carefully supervised, of course). Your room will be mosquito free in absolutely no time, but it will have a scent that might be foul for you too. You can also just set camphor tablets in a room and let them evaporate over time — it won’t take long. Camphor has many other benefits too, such as being an herbal solution for muscle pain, better breathing, and sedation. Find Here.

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Tulsi

Tulsi has been found helpful in killing mosquito larvae and keeping mosquitoes away. In fact, the more people research Tulsi, the more we find that it is really a pretty incredible and widely-applicable herb. Simply plant a Tulsi shrub near your window, as the shrub has properties which prevent mosquitoes from entering your house. Tulsi is an Indian herb which sometimes goes by the name “holy basil”, used for cooking in many Indian dishes. It is also known to be useful in treating mosquito bites when applied directly to the bite area. Find Here.

Dry Ice

Because the carbon dioxide we exhale attracts mosquitoes, we are quite vulnerable to them. Dry ice emits carbon dioxide, and all you have to do is place some dry ice in a container and keep that container some distance away. When you see mosquitoes attracted to the container, close the lid. It can also be a good tactic to employ if you need to keep mosquitoes away from a smaller, contained area. Although it is a time-consuming method, it is quite effective.

Dry ice is not terribly easy to have shipped to you, so we recommend looking for it locally.

Garlic

With a strong pungent smell and mosquito larvicidal properties, garlic is one of the most efficient mosquito repellants on this list. All you have to do is crush a few garlic cloves and boil them in water for some time. Pour the water in a spray bottle and spray it around the room to prevent any mosquitoes from coming near you. Or, if you like cooking with garlic, heat up your favorite garlic-laden dish when you notice the mosquitoes are starting to get bad.Minced garlic is also an option to consider, whichcan be boiled in water as well.You can get garlic at the grocery store, or find it here and have it shipped to your home.

Mosquito Traps

You can buy mosquito traps from the supermarket, find them online, or even make them at home. We did an entire piece on the Top 5 Mosquito Traps, a couple of which are suitable for indoor use. To make yourself a homemade mosquito trap, you need to cut a plastic bottle in half. Then, add brown sugar in hot water and mix it well. Once the mixture cools, pour it into the bottom half of the bottle and add yeast. Next, put the funnel half of the bottle on the bottom half in an upside down direction (with the bottle cap off). Wrap black tape around the bottle and place it in the mosquito vulnerable area. The solution needs to be changed periodically, according to directions.

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Skedattle is one of our favorite natural bug sprays, and relies heavily on natural peppermint as a key ingredient.

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Basil

When it comes to more natural solutions for keeping mosquitoes away, basil appears to be a very versatile plant. It shows some effectiveness when used as a simple, standing plant inside your house. Its repellent properties are strongest if used as a topical essential oil, applied directly to skin, but you can also use it in a variety of different ways. What’s more, we all know that basil smells great, some forms of it are excellent as a cooking herb, and there are even some early signs that it may make you protect against colds. Find it here.

Tea Tree Oil

The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties of this essential oil make it one of the most effective when fighting off mosquitoes. It’s smell keeps the mosquitoes at bay and all you have to do it dilute a few drops of the oil in a few drops of water and apply this to your skin to prevent mosquitoes from coming anywhere near you. Also known as melaleuca, this oil is also a well-known herbal antiseptic that treats cuts, cold sores, and bug bites. This is another oil that not only can keep mosquitoes away, but can also treat the bite if you are too late to prevent them. Find Here.

Coffee Grounds

Wherever you find stagnant water in or around your house (for example, if there has been heavy rain and you find a puddle of water in your front yard), sprinkle some coffee grounds in it. This will force the mosquito eggs present in the water to float to the surface, and they will be deprived of oxygen, which means that they will be killed before being hatched. Thus, you will have prevented new mosquitoes from being born.

It works on wet, saturated soil as well.

The trick is saving your used coffee grounds, which can be a bit messy or unsightly. But if you are able to store the grounds, this absolutely works.

Mosquito Repellent Plants

We mentioned Tulsi up above, but it is not the only mosquito-repelling plant that can be strategically placed near your door or windows. Catnip and Feverfew are a few plants which can repel mosquitoes, and you can easily plant them in your flowerbed or windowsill to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home. You can even place them in your garden. As for indoors, you might be able to get a house version of the plant, or you can also get the oil from a processed plant to strategically place inside. Just beware – it might drive your cats nuts. Find Catnip Oil Here.

All of these remedies have been proven to prevent mosquitoes from entering your homes, and they are quite successful when used correctly. So, make sure you follow the instructions we have provided, and you will be able to remove many of the mosquitoes in your house. Obviously, these solutions are best done in conjunction with some basic home improvement steps, such as making sure your window screens are all intact and in good condition, and check all of your doors to make sure they completely shut and seal out bugs and air. Also, be sure that the spaces around your doors and windows are well-sealed and there are not gaps. This technique will also help you prevent other infestations, such as those from boxelder bugs, mice, or flies.

How About a Mosquito Zapper?

Bug and mosquito zappers are popular for outdoor use, but there are also some intended to be used indoors, too. In our piece on mosquito traps and zappers, we profiled at least one that is designed for indoor use, the Crioxen. Some will debate that a zapper that kills mosquitoes is not exactly natural, even though you are not introducing a pesticide or insecticide to your home. But if your priority is keeping mosquitoes away from your family at any cost, they may be worth looking into, especially if you find mosquitoes entering your home regularly.

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Zappers have come a long way from the huge, loud, bright zappers that we used back in the 80s and 90s. Today’s zappers are smaller, quieter, and much easier to maintain ( which means they are easier to clean). Consider it, especially if your outdoor living space is setup in a way that allows mosquitoes easy access to the inside of your home.

Don’t Forget About Eliminating Mosquitoes Outside

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A seemingly harmless bird bath, like this one, can become a great mosquito breeding ground if left unattended.

Once you have a mosquito problem indoors, in some ways you have already lost the battle. Mosquitoes in the house are due to mosquitoes around the house. Get rid of the latter, and you will make a huge dent in the former.

The single best thing you can do to prevent mosquitoes once and for all is to break their lifecycle, which means getting rid of any breeding grounds in your yard or around your house. Make sure that you are not creating a welcoming yard or immediate environment for mosquitoes to live and lay their eggs. In particular, do the following things around your home:

  • Get rid of standing water in puddles, potholes near your house
  • Make sure that water landscape features have fresh, moving water in them
  • Clean gutters so they stay dry when it is not raining
  • Look for pooling water in places like old tires, buckets, or trees with holes in them. Other usual suspects are bird baths, clogged gutters that create pooling water, and even old wheel barrows that collect significant, stale water in between uses.

Making sure your home does not have a mosquito breeding ground right outside will greatly reduce the number of mosquitoes that make it inside. Check out our other resources, or those from credible sources like the EPA, to get additional information on steps you can take. And don’t be afraid to call-in the professionals — they do that for a living.

FAQs

What is the best way to kill mosquitoes inside the house? ›

Use an indoor insect fogger or indoor insect spray to kill mosquitoes and treat areas where they rest. These products work immediately, and may need to be reapplied. When using insecticides, always follow label directions. Only using insecticide will not keep your home free of mosquitoes.

How can I make my room mosquito free? ›

Maintain fly screens on windows, doors, vents and chimneys. Use insect sprays and repellents containing either picaridin or DEET, both inside and outside the house to kill mosquitoes. Remove stagnant water around the house so mosquitoes can not breed.

What scent will keep mosquitoes away? ›

A few of the best include: Lemon eucalyptus – The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has credited lemon eucalyptus oil as a reliable mosquito repellent. If you enjoy the bright smell of lemon, this oil is worth a try. Peppermint – For us, the smell of peppermint is a mark of freshness and cleanliness.

How can I attract and kill mosquitoes in my room? ›

All you do is add some bait (honey, fruit, juice, sugar water, or some nectar-containing flowers) and place in a dark corner of the room. It works because mosquitoes seek out sugar, which they require to fuel themselves. Once inside the bottle they can't get out.

How do I get rid of mosquitoes in my room during the day? ›

To kill mosquitoes, try luring them to a wall or corner of the room using a flashlight so you can swat them with a book, rolled-up newspaper, or fly swatter. You can also light a citronella candle outside since mosquitos are repelled by the smell.

Do mosquitoes like cold rooms? ›

Mosquitoes function best at 80 degrees F, become lethargic at 60 degrees F, and cannot function below 50 degrees F. In tropical areas, mosquitoes are active year round.

What household items keeps mosquitoes away? ›

10 Natural Ingredients That Repel Mosquitoes
  • Lemon eucalyptus oil.
  • Lavender.
  • Cinnamon oil.
  • Thyme oil.
  • Greek catmint oil.
  • Soybean oil.
  • Citronella.
  • Tea tree oil.

Why is my house suddenly full of mosquitoes? ›

Mosquitoes in Your Home

Typically looking for water, mosquitoes are common in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Actively seeking cracks in doors, windows, and any screens that have a big enough opening to fit through, mosquitoes find a way to slip into any small entrance.

What does mosquito hate the most? ›

Mosquitoes are turned off by several natural scents: cinnamon, peppermint, cedar, citronella, lemongrass, patchouli, catnip, lavender, and more. Find a favorite, and use it when you want to spend time outside.

Does Vapor Rub repel mosquitoes? ›

The smell of the menthol in it will repel the insects away. You can also rub it on any mosquito bites you may already have and it will relieve the itching.

Does anything actually keep mosquitoes away? ›

Study authors concluded that, “DEET and PMD [are] the most effective and longest lasting mosquito repellents currently available.” PMD is found in products containing C. Citriodora (oil of lemon eucalyptus) and the tradenames Citrosynthol, Citrepel and Citriodiol. It is also effective against ticks.

What are 3 common methods to control mosquitoes? ›

Methods can include eliminating mosquito larval habitats, applying larvicides to kill mosquito larvae, or spraying insecticides from trucks or aircraft to kill adult mosquitoes.

What truly gets rid of mosquitoes? ›

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.

How do I stop being bitten? ›

Basic precautions to prevent insect bites and stings

wear shoes when outdoors. apply insect repellent to exposed skin – repellents that contain 50% DEET (diethyltoluamide) are most effective. avoid using products with strong perfumes, such as soaps, shampoos and deodorants – these can attract insects.

How does vinegar get rid of mosquitoes? ›

Apple cider vinegar: It's a truly multipurpose remedy that can help with so many things, including mosquitoes. Add equal parts of apple cider vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Use it on areas where mosquitoes tend to hang out. You can even spray it on yourself to keep them away.

How long do mosquitoes live indoors? ›

While mosquitoes that manage to make it to adulthood outdoors survive for an average of 2 to 3 weeks, the average mosquito can survive for up to a month indoors.

Do mosquitoes like messy rooms? ›

Mosquitoes Love a Messy Space. What makes mosquitoes one of the most treacherous and hardest to get rid of insects is that they only need a teaspoon of water to breed.

What keeps mosquitoes away while sleeping? ›

Sleep under a mosquito net

Choose a mosquito net that is compact, white, rectangular, with 156 holes per square inch, and long enough to tuck under the mattress. Permethrin-treated mosquito nets provide more protection than untreated nets. Permethrin is an insecticide that kills mosquitoes and other insects.

What attracts mosquitoes to your room? ›

Perfumes, air fresheners, deodorants and other odors are known to attract mosquitoes. In particular, mosquitoes are drawn to floral scents. This means properties laden with lovely-smelling flowers are that much more likely to draw in a steady stream of mosquitoes.

Will a mosquito bite me in my sleep? ›

Mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, but they can also bite at night. In fact, mosquitoes are more likely to bite you when you are asleep. The reason for this is that mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide that we exhale.

Do fans keep mosquitoes away? ›

The short answer is yes, fans can actually work to help deter mosquitoes. According to research, the speed of the fan can help deter mosquitoes, which are naturally weak fliers.

Can mosquitoes break through AC? ›

Your air conditioner might be the biggest cause of dengue mosquito breeding in your home.

How many times can one mosquito bite you? ›

There is no limit to the number of mosquito bites one of the insects can inflict. A female mosquito will continue to bite and feed on blood until she is full. After they have consumed enough blood, the mosquito will rest for a couple of days (usually between two to three days) before laying her eggs.

How does dish soap get rid of mosquitoes? ›

Dish of Soapy Water

Whenever you are entertaining outdoor, place a dish outside with soapy water in it. You can use dishwashing or detergent soap to create bubbles. Mosquitoes are attracted to water and once they are in the water, they get trap in the bubbles and die.

Where do mosquitoes lay their eggs in a house? ›

Mosquitoes rest in dark, humid places like under sinks, in showers, in closets, under furniture, or in the laundry room. Mosquitoes entering your house from outdoors can start laying eggs indoors.

What to burn to get rid of mosquitoes? ›

The most famous contender for keeping your fire mozzie-free is citronella. The oil from this plant is what you'll see used in candles and incense-based products designed for burning in your garden during the summer.

Where do mosquitoes hide in your room? ›

The most common places where mosquitoes hide in your room are under and behind the bed or other furniture, inside your drawers, on the ceiling, or on the walls. Or, you can also just stay up and wait. As I said, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, heat, and light.

What is the natural enemy of the mosquito? ›

Dragonflies. Dragonflies as well as being a natural predator of the mosquito are a fascinating and unique group of insects.

Do mosquitoes hate vinegar? ›

Acetic acid makes vinegar an excellent tool for pest control, repelling some of the most common backyard nuisances and even killing weaker insects. It's most effective against ants, spiders, and mosquitos.

Do dryer sheets repel mosquitoes? ›

Although dryer sheets haven't been officially proven to repel mosquitoes, their effectiveness hasn't been disproven, either. It's possible these common household items are a successful mosquito-repellant.

In what five ways can mosquito be controlled? ›

Show those mosquitoes who's boss.
  • Eliminate Breeding Areas. Eliminate breeding areas by getting rid of standing water. ...
  • Dump It Out. ...
  • Get a Fan. ...
  • Don't Let Water Collect. ...
  • Keep Your Gutters Clean. ...
  • Mow the Lawn. ...
  • Look for Leaks. ...
  • Don't Overwater Your Lawn.
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What chemicals can prevent mosquitoes? ›

State and local agencies commonly use the organophosphate insecticides malathion and naled and the synthetic pyrethroid insecticides prallethrin, etofenprox, pyrethrins, permethrin, resmethrin and sumithrin for adult mosquito control. Mosquito adulticides are applied as ultra-low volume (ULV) sprays.

What is the most important step in controlling mosquitoes? ›

1. Remove Mosquito Habitats. An important part of mosquito control around homes is making sure that mosquitoes don't have a place to lay their eggs. Because mosquitoes need water for two stages of their life cycle, it's important to monitor standing water sources.

What is biting me in my house? ›

There are three likely sources for bug bites at night — spiders, mosquitos or bed bugs. Spiders and mosquitos usually find their way into your home — and into your bedroom — during the warmer months. “Honestly, many mosquito and spider bites look similar.

Are mosquitoes attracted to me? ›

And mosquitoes can not only smell our sweat, studies show they're attracted to the lactic acid and ammonia found in it. Therefore, the more you sweat — whether you naturally sweat excessively or you have just finished exercising — the more attractive you may be to mosquitoes.

Why do I get so many mosquito bites? ›

If you feel like mosquitoes bite you more often than other people, you may be onto something! Several specific factors can attract mosquitoes, including the carbon dioxide you exhale, your body odor, and your body temperature. A combination of these factors likely makes certain people more attractive to mosquitoes.

Why are there suddenly mosquitoes in my house? ›

There's a high chance of mosquito activity if your property is near standing water with a constant water source. Mosquitoes could easily enter your home and lay their eggs; female mosquitoes will lay eggs in water for survival. House plants are also known to attract mosquitoes inside the house.

How do I kill mosquitoes in my bedroom? ›

You can also leave a single small light source on like a lamp and wait for the mosquito to approach it. It should land on the wall near the light source, where you can find it with your flashlight and kill it. If you cannot find the mosquito use a flashlight or a cloth to disrupt its hiding areas.

How long do mosquitoes live inside house? ›

How Long Can Mosquitoes Live Indoors? Once they get indoors, mosquitoes can survive up to three weeks… which is longer than they generally live outdoors. Worse, if a pair ends up inside or a female lays eggs inside your home then you could wind up with a series of mosquito generations inside your home.

Why is my room full of mosquitoes? ›

Mosquitoes in Your Home

Typically looking for water, mosquitoes are common in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. Actively seeking cracks in doors, windows, and any screens that have a big enough opening to fit through, mosquitoes find a way to slip into any small entrance.

What are mosquitoes attracted to indoors? ›

These pesky bloodsuckers enjoy anything that collects water. From pet water bowls to stale water puddles in window planters, make sure to empty or dispose of anything that collects water, regardless of how small and unimportant it may seem.

Does a bowl of vinegar keep mosquitoes away? ›

Acetic acid makes vinegar an excellent tool for pest control, repelling some of the most common backyard nuisances and even killing weaker insects. It's most effective against ants, spiders, and mosquitos.

What repels mosquitoes fast? ›

  • 30% DEET Wipes. $4.49. Walgreens. ...
  • 20% Insect Repellent. $5.97. $9.99. ...
  • Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent. $11.99. Amazon. ...
  • Family Care Picaridin Aerosol. $5.74. $6.95. ...
  • Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard. $15.00. ...
  • Insect Repellent Lotion. $8.99. ...
  • Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent Pump Spray. $4.97. ...
  • Insect Repellent Continuous Spray. $11.39.
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How do you kill mosquitoes at night? ›

Kill Mosquitoes With These 10 Easy Home Remedies That Actually...
  1. #1: Eliminate standing water.
  2. #2: Candles, incense and essential oils.
  3. #3: Pot the right plant.
  4. #4: Lemon and clove.
  5. #5: Garlic spray.
  6. #6: Eucalyptus oil.
  7. #7: Mosquito net.
  8. #8: Camphor.
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What is a natural way to get rid of mosquitoes at night? ›

Read on to see which natural repellents work best to prevent mosquito bites.
  1. Lemon eucalyptus oil. Used since the 1940s, lemon eucalyptus oil is one of the more well-known natural repellents. ...
  2. Lavender. ...
  3. Cinnamon oil. ...
  4. Thyme oil. ...
  5. Greek catmint oil. ...
  6. Soybean oil. ...
  7. Citronella. ...
  8. Tea tree oil.

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