Summer is the season of mosquitoes. There are 200 species of mosquitoes in the USA and over 3,000 species of mosquitoes all over the world, as per the Environmental Protection Agency. Normally, Mosquitoes activity starts when temperatures are over 50 degrees or so in the night. But not all the species of mosquitoes carry harmful diseases, but there many species of mosquitoes that carry dangerous diseases like Zika and Dengue Virus. All Mosquitoes have the same life cycle and environment preferences. This means you can control all the types and species in the same way. There are many techniques and methods on how to get rid of Mosquitoes but the one method or you can say technique remains versatile that is: try to make your house inhospitable to pests.
- 1 Why Mosquitoes Like Biting Humans?
- 2 How to get rid of Mosquitoes Naturally
- 3 Effective Mosquito Killing Options
- 4 The Best Mosquito Repellents
- 5 Best Mosquito Traps
- 6 Best Mosquito Fogger Reviews
- 7 Best Mosquito Zappers
- 8 Best Mosquito Sprayers
- 9 Wrapping it Up
- 10 Frequently Asked Questions
Why Mosquitoes Like Biting Humans?
Perhaps the most common question when we hear the term Mosquitoes. Many people think that why Mosquitoes and other insects like our body, what is in us. The fact is that mosquitoes not only like humans but they do like some human bodies more than the others. According to Dr. Jonathan Day, the entomologist and mosquito expert at the University of Florida verifies that some human beings have or produce more specific chemicals (such as lactic acid) in their bodies and these certain chemicals attract insects especially mosquitoes. So, this way we can say that it is a natural cologne that provides mosquitoes an alluring aroma. Dr. Jonathan Day also states that Carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from the body of human beings is also a significant contributor in attracting insects especially Mosquitoes.
How to get rid of Mosquitoes Naturally
Before we go for Chemical operation, let see if we can get it done naturally.
1. Onion & Garlic DIY Bug Spray
You can use make this natural insect spray to get rid of insects and as well as Mosquitoes. Cut one medium-size onion and one piece of garlic. Mix them together in the five cups of water. Other things that you will need are three teaspoons of cayenne pepper, and two tablespoons of liquid dishwashing soap. Spray the mixture around your deck and in places such as kid’s play area. If you store this mixture in a jar, this will last for a whole week. So, store it in a jar in the cool and dark place and keep the lid closed tightly.
2. Another DIY Bug Spray
If your skin is sensitive and allergic or you don’t feel comfortable with all toxic ingredients in the commercial bug sprays, you can use this natural version. Take a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar, and a witch hazel quarter cup and mix them together with 20 drops of any the following essential oils: cedar, rosemary, citronella, tea tree, eucalyptus, or lemongrass. Put the mixture into a spray bottle, and shake well before using the mixture. Spray on your skin and say goodbye to Mosquitoes and other bugs!
3. Lemon Eucalyptus
If you want to purchase a natural mosquito repellent, buy the one that has oil of lemon eucalyptus. The lemon eucalyptus is very effective and gives protection of longer hours.
Peppermint is also an effective, and natural way to get rid of mosquitoes. Take a few drops (around 20) of peppermint essential oil and mix it with one cup of plain water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, shake it, and spray on the skin. The chemical compounds of Peppermint will keep away all the bugs and Mosquitoes and you will also witness a minty fresh smell.
5. Rosemary and Sage
Do you have any problem when these blood-sucking beasts hover over the barbecue grill?
If that’s the case, put a few springs of sage or rosemary on top of the burning and hot coals. It will push back the bugs and mosquitoes, and you can enjoy the party in peace.
6. Egg Cartons and Coffee Trays
Mosquitoes are terrible, especially in the summer season. Another effective way to get rid of Mosquitoes is the use of egg cartons and coffee trays. Let me show you how: Light egg cartons and coffee tray on fire, then blow them out and allow them to smolder them in any safe place. The smell of burning is safe and pleasant, and also keeps the bugs and mosquitoes away.
7. Garlic Water
As we all know that Citronella candles can be a great option for repelling Mosquitoes and insects, but they can be very expensive. What if we tell you that you can get the same results in very much affordable manner by just mixing garlic and water. Yes, it is true and the outcome of this mixture is also quite effective. After mixing the garlic and water, spray the mixture near all your outdoor bulbs and lights. As the light and bulbs will heat, they will spread a garlicky fragrance across your place and will keep the bugs and mosquitoes away.
Effective Mosquito Killing Options
Let us some other used method to get rid of this tiny creature;
As the name speaks itself, the mosquito traps bait the bugs and mosquitoes into a device that efficaciously captures them.
Mostly these traps generate chemicals that trick bugs and mosquitoes into thinking that there is some rich food source available in the device. Some bug traps utilize the water to kill insects and mosquitoes.
Repellents don’t actually KILL any bugs or mosquitoes but rather hide your natural odors hence making you invisible to receive a bite of any bug or mosquito. The best mosquito repellent not only protects your body from mosquitoes and other similar biting insects such as gnats, chiggers, etc. but also lasts for a long time.
Apart from Mosquito Sprayers, the mosquito fogger is preferred by many people as it is the most effective in eliminating a lot of mosquitoes for a longer time.
Just ensure that your pets, kids, and other family members are away from the area when using the insecticides in a fogger.
If you want to get rid of mosquitoes from home or lawn, usually foggers are enough, but if you want to destroy the whole population of Mosquitoes and bugs, the sprayers cam into the play.
For the long-lasting removal of the Mosquitoes, the sprayers are quite useful as they disburse the sufficient amount of insecticides to the whole and large area.
Want to remove your yard from the bugs and Mosquitoes, the Mosquito Zapper can effectively do that.
In Zappers, a source of light attracts Mosquitoes and other insects to an electrical grid, where they are killed by getting in contact with high voltage wires. The name “Zapper” itself comes from the zap sound generated when a bug is electrocuted and killed.
Individual Product Reviews
The Best Mosquito Repellents
Let us review some best repellent available in market nowadays;
OFF! Deep Mosquito Repellent VIII
Our top pick for the best Mosquito Repellent is a well-known brand that probably many of you are aware of, the Off Deep Wood Repellent V.
The Off! Deep Wood is a reputable brand in the bug and insect repellent world, and here we are talking about the Off! Deep Woods includes 25% of DEET formula, and it is available in four varieties to meet your needs – from packaged wipes to aerosol sprays.
Most DEET repellents have some kind of strong chemical fragrance, which is unpleasant to many people. And the higher is the DEET percentage; the more will be the stench. But this is not the case with the Off! Deep Woods as it manages to overcome the strong chemical odor with a more pleasant aroma, and you will not face any issues after using this Mosquito Repellent.
The usage of this Off! Deep Woods is pretty straightforward. The coverage is also good, and while testing the product, we never witnessed any uncontrollable feeling.
One thing that you must look out for when using this Mosquito Repellent is that a little amount of spray will go quite a long way.
Repel Dry Family Insect Repellent
If you are looking for a Mosquito Repellent that is safe for children, safe for your nose and skin, and guarantees that it will help in getting rid of Mosquitoes and other bugs, then your search ends here. Try an aerosol spray Repel Family Dry Insect Repellent that has 10% of DEET, and it offers protection from all bugs and Mosquitoes for up to four hours.
It’s a “dry” insect repellent, which means that you will not have that sticky feeling like you witness in other repellents. During our testing, we noticed that it dries so quickly on the skin. And we did not feel any kind of irritation or pain while using the product.
The most common problem that we found out in almost all the repellents and aerosol sprays was the uncontrollable spraying power. But in this Repel, we didn’t find any such issues, and it offers a controllable stream hence avoiding the risks of overusing the repellent.
The smell of this DEET repellent is bearable and much lighter than other products. So if you or your kids have delicate skin, the product is safe to use.
If you have children and you are looking for a low-percentage DEET insect repellent that’s simple to use, this is an ideal choice for you and your kids. Or if you find 30% DEET repellents annoying, Repel Insect Repellent Family Dry is again the perfect choice. The “family” label on this repellent means it’s suitable for everyone in the family.
Best Mosquito Traps
Now, let see some Mosquito Traps available…
Mega -Catch ULTRA Mosquito Trap
The settings and usage of this Mosquito Trap are versatile and straightforward. Due to the simple parameters, you can set the device according to your specific needs and requirements.
The simple setting option is quite handy in Mosquito Traps because if it is difficult to set up or you are unable to you set it correctly, then you will be catching moths all night long instead of bugs and mosquitoes.
So, ensure that you have read and understood all the directions, and in case of any difficulty, you can seek help from customer support, which we found excellent. The customer representatives will also guide you through setting up the device as per your location and surroundings.
As for the effectiveness of the product, this trap can do severe damages to mosquito and its populations. In fact, it has the capability to capture and destroy about 10,000 – 12,000 mosquitoes over the course of fifteen days. If you want more damages, just attach the CO2 to increase the attracting power of the Mosquito Trap.
The Flowtron BK-15D is a traditional zapping outdoor electrical Mosquito trap. The device is perfect for up to 1/2 acre of Mosquitoes coverage and operates by a powerful 15-watt bulb. The device is reasonably priced, and the performance of this Flowtron Mosquito Zapper is outstanding.
What we like the most in this Mosquito Trap is the option to expand the coverage. To increase the coverage area of the device, you can use Octenol attractants as an add-on. If you are satisfied with the default coverage and performance of the device, you’re good to go.
To achieve the best results and supreme protection, you can hang the device in your garage or any other place that is away from your home and allow it to do the rest. The manufacturer’s recommendation is to place the device at least 25 feet away from your home for maximum coverage and effectiveness. Also, try to place the device in such a way or position that the wind helps the Mosquitoes in reaching the trap.
Best Mosquito Fogger Reviews
Let us see now some of the best Mosquito Foggers Reviews for more information.
Burgess 1443 Propane Insect Fogger
If flying insects and mosquitoes have made your life a living hell, get rid of them with this Burgess 1443 Propane Insect Thermal Fogger. The device is quite effective and specially designed for experts, but due to its affordable price tag, the Burgess 1443 Propane fogger can be used at homes as well.
During the testing, we were surprised how effective this fogger is. It can eliminate Mosquitoes and its population in only 10 minutes.
The size and range of the cone are also remarkable, and it can cover up to 5000 Sq—feet with its 10-inch cone of odorless fog. The effects are long-lasting, and you will get the whole six hours of bug-free environment.
This Burgess fogger features an innovative system and designed in an amazing way that it can eliminate bugs seven times finer than any ordinary mist. It is a portable form of mosquito control and uses a tall propane canister. The device is suitable for a 14.1-oz. Tall cylinder or a 16.4-oz. Short propane cylinder.
The Burgess Mosquito Fogger is affordable, economical and consumes little insecticide than any other regular fogger. Lastly, it is the best Mosquito Fogger that you can get to remove bugs from inside the house and as well as from outdoor locations.
Repel 190397 Propane Insect Fogger
The Repel 190397 fogger effectively eliminates all species of Mosquitoes and other bugs. In only 10 minutes it can cover about 5000 sq. Feet, and you will need little insecticide to perform the job. So in this way, it is economical as well.
This propane fogger can create a relaxing zone free from all bugs and Mosquitoes for about six hours, and after the dissipation of the fog in about 5 minutes, you can enjoy your BBQ party and gatherings again.
The fogger produces a mist that is entirely odor-free and without any mixing. The fogger is extremely easy to use and carry. To use the fogger, join the insecticide, and you can use it with tall style gas cylinder 14.1-oz. Tall style or 16.4-oz. Short style gas cylinder propane.
To get the desired results, the makers advise to use the fogger only with Repel, or Cutter branded fogging insecticides.
Best Mosquito Zappers
Let have some discussion about the best Mosquito Zappers
Flowtron FC-8800 Diplomat Fly Control Device
The device is perfect for outdoor & indoor applications and also for barns
Fogging with the DDT- Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane insecticide was the most common technique to get rid of Mosquitoes and insects in the past. But the DDT’s nature was not entirely safe for humans and the environment.
In present times many environmental-friendly devices such as Flowtron FC-8800 are preferred due to their safety and efficacy features. This Flowtron FC-8800 120-watt mosquito zapper is perfect for both indoors and outdoors. It features a sturdy system with a durable UV lure that can easily cover over two acres. Additionally, if you want to use this device indoor, it provides coverage of 1200 square feet and is safe for pets and children.
Similarly, the device is suitable for both homes and commercial uses. This is something that we did not find in many Mosquito Zapper. To be precise, Flowtron FC-8800 features a commercial-grade design that effectively works well for almost all indoor and outdoor areas.
Let’s say you have a big dumpster located in your backyard that attracts a lot of bugs and mosquitoes; this is the best solution. It comes assembled, and you can use it immediately, so no hassles and full marks for convenience. As for safety, it is FDA and USDA approved. It also works effectively in outhouses vessels and comes with a detachable tray that captures all the flies and mosquitoes. Hence, it is effortless to clean.
Createch Tri Jet ULV Non-Thermal Fogger- Electric
This Tri-Jet Non-Thermal Fogger is expertly designed to handle almost all types of pest control issues as it includes robust 1,000-watt motor and the Ultra-Low Volume propulsion system. You can use this Mosquito Fogger with both oil and water solutions, and it is perfect for both indoor and outdoor pest control.
If mosquitoes and bugs are disturbing your outdoor parties, try this Tri-jet Fogger as it gives you more authority on the distribution of the insecticides with an adjustable valve, and you can change the size of particles. It also features tornado action nozzle that lets you exploit the mist for 30 feet and effectively kills Mosquitoes and flies from hard to reach areas and crevices.
The Tri-Jet Non-Thermal Fogger comes with a one-gallon fluid tank that is well-suited with oil and water-based solutions. The fogger only requires a small amount of solution to do its work, and thus it is quite economical as well.
The design of the unit is aluminum-gallon, so it is light-weight, and you can easily carry it and move around.
Lastly, it has a five-year warranty, and the product is UL rated.
Best Mosquito Sprayers
Let see some best Mosquito sprays available in market at cheaper price.
Makita 4-Stroke, 4-Gallon Backpack
It’s made like a tank, and it is simple to use. From homeowners to commercial users, all will find this device effortless to use.
As it features a 4-stroke engine, so the device is super easy to get started. No mixing of any kind, fill the gas, hit the primer, and it is ready for some action and mosquito elimination.
From homeowners to commercial-grade users who are looking for quality equipment, they won’t be disappointed when using this Mosquito Sprayer.
The only drawback that we witnessed in this device apart from being expensive is that the equipment is heavy and weighs around 60lbs when it is full. The L-shape design tries to lower the center of gravity and manages to the weight, but still, it is quite heavy.
One more thing that is also worth noting is the tank capacity of this device. The capacity of this Mosquito Sprayer is 3.9 gallons, which allows for long working and fewer refills.
Lastly, if you can manage its weight, this is our top pick!
Solo 451 3-Gallon Backpack
The Solo Backpack features a powerful 66.5CC engine pump and sprayers. For many users, this Solo 451 backpack is an excellent alternative to the Makita (which is expensive for many) because it can complete a 2-hour spray task in only twenty minutes. And the results are guaranteed.
It has every feature and function that you will find in the Makita except that it features a slightly smaller tank 3-gallons. Other than we didn’t notice any significant changes. Its 2-stroke engine requires a specific mix of fuel and oil.
According to the user manual provided by the company, a mixing ratio of 1:25 is required if you opt for Solo oil. You can also use the other oil as per your needs, but in that case, the ratio will change.
Lastly, if you are looking for a backpack mosquito sprayer that is affordable and reliable, this Solo 451 3Gallons is a great option.
Wrapping it Up
With the significant improvement in technology in recent times, there are many electrical and non-electrical devices are available to get rid of Mosquitoes. Not only do they effectively get rid of mosquitoes, but these devices are also effective and useful for other bugs and flying insects.
Using these mosquito killing devices is good, and these devices have advantages that are not present in pesticides. Above we have reviewed some of the best mosquito killers, and we hope that you will get benefit from using them.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the lifespan of Mosquito?
Now there is one good news and one bad news. The good news is that mosquitoes have a short lifespan. In an ideal environment, mosquitoes have a lifespan between a few days to a few weeks. Generally, female mosquitoes live longer than male Mosquitoes.
Now, the bad news. Mosquitoes don’t need years to do damages. Only a few days are enough to do plenty of damages. This is why it’s vital to take appropriate safety measures.
Can Mosquitoes Bite Through the Clothing?
Are you confused that you got bitten on an area that was entirely covered by your clothing? Unluckily, there can be cases when mosquitoes can bite through the clothes. It mostly depends on the type of fabric or clothes and the species of mosquito.
For instance, the lengthy needle-type mouth of a female mosquito can have little difficulty piercing through your clothes. But if you are wearing any thick sweater, jacket, or pants like Jeans, you will be safe from Mosquito bites.
Why are Mosquitoes attracted to Humans?
Have you ever been in a situation where the only individual in the house bitten by the Mosquitoes are you? Unluckily, there can be various reasons that you were the only target of the Mosquitoes.
Blood Type: Usually, female mosquitoes like to bite when they need the protein to lay their eggs. According to many researchers, mosquitoes are attracted to specific blood types.
Carbon Dioxide: One most common method that Mosquitoes use to detect their food source is by smelling the CO2 released from our body. So, you can be a prime target of Mosquitoes if you breathe heavily when you are sleeping.
Other Chemicals: For Mosquitos, CO2 isn’t the only attractive feature. They can also identify by smelling various substances excluded via body sweat such as uric acid, ammonia, etc.
Beer: One research shows that drinking a bottle of beer can also make you attractive for Mosquitoes. This is because alcohol consumption increases the temperature of your body.
How can I Easily Find and kill a Mosquito in my Room?
Imagine you are lying in your bed just about to sleep, and you hear that dreaded sound, the buzzing sound of a Mosquito. How annoying this sound is. Now you won’t rest until your mission of eliminating the Mosquito is finished. Below are two ways to deal with this kind of irritation.
Flashlight Hunting Method
In this method, you will need a flashlight and a lamp. First, switch off all the lights and leave the lamplight on.
Stay in a quiet position and wait for a buzzing sound. The mosquito will land on the wall near the lamp. And, when it has landed, switch on the flashlight and point it on the wall. The beam of the light will create a shadow of Mosquito, and you can smash it easily.
The Smartphone Trap
This method is effective if you have a light-colored blanket. First, lie down on your bed and put your cellphone on your chest. Set the brightness of the cellphone to the maximum level.
Now, fold your knees in such a way that you can see the blanket from your position. Now, take deep breaths and exhale. This will attract the mosquito and give you a chance to smash.
What are some effective tools to get rid of Mosquitoes?
When trying to figure out this problem, you have three effective options. These options are sprayers, foggers, and repellents.
Generally, sprayers are the most efficient solution because it can remove bugs and Mosquitoes from leaves and shrubbery. It can even maintain effectiveness for 30 days.
Foggers are also great, especially for hard-to-reach areas, but there is staying power is less as compared to sprays.
Similarly, repellents are also effective, but they usually keep bugs and mosquitoes away and don’t kill them.
What are Mosquito Traps?
A Mosquito trap, also called a mosquito magnet, is a unit that tricks and traps the Mosquitoes and bugs into the device. Generally, Mosquitoes are very smart, but not more intelligent than humans. They can detect the various chemicals expelled from human bodies. But if a trap also generates the same type of chemicals, the mosquito cannot identify it and gets trapped in the device.
The best Mosquito trap is the one that mimics our body with accuracy.
How does spray work for mosquitoes?
Mosquito sprays have insecticides such as piperonal, butoxide, bifenthrin, pyrethrin, and others, which severely affect the nervous systems of the Mosquitoes.
The sprays and foggers kill the mosquitoes by affecting the nervous system, whereas the mosquito repellents only deter the mosquito and other bugs from coming near you.
Where to Spray For Mosquitoes?
Before using the spray at your home to get rid of mosquitoes, it’s essential to know about all the spots and areas where mosquitoes usually reside. To effectively reduce their population, directly spray to such areas and spots.
Generally, they like to live in humid and dark places that have standing water. You will also find a lot of Mosquitoes in trees, leaves, tall grass, and objects such as old rubber tires and metal cans.
How to Avoid Mosquito Problems?
In our opinion, the easiest way to get rid of the mosquito problem is to eliminate their population from the surrounding areas.
Obviously, you can’t remove the standing water from the yard of your neighbor, but you can definitely make your home less favorable for the mosquito breeding. Below are some tips that you will find helpful in avoiding mosquito problems.
Eliminate Standing Water
The first and primary step to avoid the growth of mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water from your home and surrounding areas. Take a look around your yard, and search for all the places where water might gather and then eliminate those sources from your home or yard.
• Keep your sewerage system clean so that it can drain properly.
• Always hang tarps, so they do not gather any water and try to fill all the unnecessary ditches.
• Remove all the things that act as a source of pooling water.
• Make sure that your lawn and garden have a proper drainage system. Also, ensure that plants located indoor and outdoor never gather any water in the trays. For this purpose, you can also drill the drainage holes in plant pots so the water will run through.
• If you have any rain barrels or any other rain-collection devices in your garden or yard, keep them covered when it is not raining.
• Replace the water in birdbaths regularly.
• Treat ponds, swimming pools, and any other water bodies in your house or yard for bugs with formulas safe for kids and pets. For this purpose, you can also seek the services of professionals if necessary.
Always remember that mosquitoes don’t require standing water to lay their eggs. They only need water to hatch the eggs. Removing the standing water will definitely help, but you’ll have to take other safety measures as well to get rid of mosquitoes.
When to call professionals to get rid of Mosquitoes
If you are unable to control the Mosquito problem by yourself or the problem in your place appears to be massive, and out of control, you can seek help from professional mosquito control service providers. Normally the remedies that we have discussed in this post are enough, but if you want to treat large areas or want to eliminate any large standing bodies of water, seek the expert’s advice in this regard.
Professionals will ensure that you are using the chemicals that are safe for your health. Apart from it, they will also check that you don’t use the harmful chemicals or any toxic amounts, and will provide the formulas that will be safe for your kids or pets.