Mosquitoes are a nuisance in most Texas backyards during the Spring and Summer months. While mosquito infestations inside homes occur much less often, they can make you feel like you are literally itching to escape what should be your private oasis. Treating mosquitoes inside your home is a little different than treating your lawn outside. We put together a list of tips to help you and your family enjoy the warmer weather without getting eaten alive by mosquitoes.
Tips to Kill & Treat an Indoor Mosquito Problem
- Find and eliminate the origin of their breeding
- Make sure there are no gaps or spaces around windows, doors, and garage entries
- Close the door quickly when entering or leaving your home
- Line your windows and doors with sticky flypaper or mosquito traps
- Use an indoor fogger to kill any adult mosquitoes
- Buy a catnip plant (they repel mosquitoes)
- Install a hanging mosquito zapper intended for indoor use
- Determine whether you need to call a professional
When mosquitoes start breeding inside your home it can be much more difficult to find the standing water they’re spawning within than finding the source outdoors. And because installing mosquito misters indoors is not advisable, finding the source is crucial to preventing future infestations inside. Even half an inch of water or a dripping pipe underneath a bathroom sink can create a tiny pool of water just large enough for female mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
- Find and Eliminate the Water Source. Check under sinks, behind the dishwasher, in the attic where the air conditioning system’s condensation drip pan may have standing water. Check under and behind your refrigerator for any signs of a slow leak that mosquitoes can use to have more babies. Have you witnessed mosquitoes flying up from your shower drain or another floor drain? If you answered yes, we recommend calling a professional for mosquito control service.
- Fill Gaps and Spaces Around Windows. If you leave your windows open, make sure there are no holes or gaps in the screens. If you don’t open your windows, there could still be small entry points around the window and window frame. Inspect each of these areas closely to ensure there is not a breach.
- Close the Door Fast. When you open the door to leave or enter your home, mosquitos could be sneaking right past you and into your home. Make sure you close the door quickly when you enter and leave.
- Kill Adult Mosquitoes with Traps. Install mosquito traps and fly paper around your home and along windows to trap and remove mosquitoes. While this won’t prevent the unborn larvae from biting you in a few days, it can offer some temporary relief until you find and eliminate the source of the mosquito infestation.
- Treat Mosquitoes with a Fogger. Treat your home with an indoor mosquito fogger specifically intended for use in your home. Read the instructions carefully and remove any pets, plants, or other living things per the fogger’s instructions before you turn it on.
- Buy Catnip Plants. Did you know that catnip repels mosquitoes? Get a couple of catnip plants and put them in decorative pots inside your home. If you have a cat, having a catnip plant might make them a little crazy so choose the location wisely.
- Install Mosquito Zappers. Find a hanging mosquito zapper that’s safe for indoor use. This will only kill adult mosquitoes but like the mosquito traps will offer temporary relief from the biting mosquitoes.
When to Call a Professional
Getting rid of an indoor mosquito problem can be a hassle if you’re unable to find the source of water the mosquitoes are breeding in. If you’ve exhausted all of our tips and still cannot find the standing water fueling the infestation, call a professional mosquito exterminator to get rid of them once and for all.
At Life After Bugs, we use science-based mosquito control treatments that are safe for your family, children, and pets. Contact us to schedule a free consultation for mosquito suppression treatment or to install mosquito misters in your backyard. Our pest control technicians provide services for homes and businesses across the greater Houston, Texas metropolitan area with satellite offices in Katy and Richmond.