In the warmer months and in warmer climates, mosquitoes are a fact of life. You can complain all you want, but getting rid of them isn’t always as easy as spraying store bought insect repellent on your body every hour. Although some insect repellent can definitely give you results, others fall short of doing their job without leaving you a sticky and uncomfortable mess afterwards. Luckily, there are some hacks to repel mosquitoes from your home. Maybe not for good, but once you are armed with these hacks, you will know exactly what to do every time you encounter another flock of the annoying bugs.
If you live somewhere especially humid, you might even encounter mosquitoes inside and that’s where the problem becomes so much worse. You can’t exactly spray your arms and legs with mosquito repellent while sitting on your living room sofa. And there is something incredibly off putting about burning a citronella candle all day and night in your kitchen. Instead, you can follow these hacks to get rid of the mosquitoes in your house before you feel like you have an infestation. Because in the warmer months, mosquitoes can feel like an intrusion of the worst kind.
1. Invest In A Ton Of Citronella Candles
It’s no secret that citronella keeps mosquitoes away. But when you would rather not kill mosquitoes in your home, this is the easiest solution. Even if the candles are associated more with the outdoors, you can still keep some inside to keep mosquitoes away at all times.
2. Rely On A Fan For Help
Because mosquitoes can’t fly very fast, if they are caught in the draft from a fan, they don’t stand a chance. Attach a net to your fan and turn it on to act as a sort of trap to catch the mosquitoes in your home. After a while, you are so much less likely to get those annoying bugs back in your home.
3. Stock Up On Vanilla Extract
You have to love the scent of vanilla for this one, but it’s fairly easy to do and keep on hand. Simply mix water and vanilla extract to make a spray. Spritz yourself or spray near the outside of your home to repel mosquitoes and work at keeping them away.
4. Try Out New House Plants
Potted plants like basil, rosemary, lemon balm, and lavender all have properties to repel mosquitoes from your home. And the best part is that you don’t have to do much other than having these plants in pots throughout your house.
5. Use Dry Ice
The thing about dry ice isn’t that it kills mosquitoes or keeps them away permanently. But it does lure them into an area where you can kill them. So if you set up a trap with a bowl of dry ice nearby, it’s the perfect setup you need to get those bugs out.
6. Buy Plenty Of Garlic
Mosquitoes also hate garlic. Whether you decide to munch on a bunch of it or make some kind of garlic spray to spray outside of your front door or windows, garlic is another trick to keeping mosquitoes out of your house.
7. Make A Homemade Trap
Another option is to make a homemade mosquito trap with the bottom half of a plastic 2-liter bottle. You simply add in brown sugar and hot water and allow the sugar to dissolve. You then add yeast and wrap the sides of the bottle with black cloth or paper. To make a funnel of sorts for the mosquitoes to enter the trap, you place the other half of the bottle upside down in the bottom half.
8. Use Things From The Outdoors
The smells that come from naturally grown things like rosemary and pine cones do wonders in keeping mosquitoes away. It would probably be best to burn these right outside of your home rather than inside, but there is something about the smells that emit from these when they burn that the little bugs absolutely hate.
9. Buy Extra Dish Soap On Your Next Shopping Trip
Some old wives’ tales say that to repel mosquitoes in the home, you can squirt dish soap in a dish to attract and then kill mosquitoes. Alternatively, you can add a few drops to a water spray bottle and spray the air near where most of the mosquitoes in your home roam and potentially watch them die out.
One of the most common reasons why mosquitoes come into the home is standing water. The source might be a houseplant, which is common, or you could have water under a sink somewhere in your home. If you can locate what is attracting so many mosquitoes into your home, then you can sometimes even present so many from coming into your home. If not, these are the tips and tricks to help you out.