You can get rid of mosquitoes in your bedroom by placing some natural substances in the room. Examples include camphor oil, crushed garlic, dry ice, basil, and tea tree oil. You can also use mosquito traps, ultrasonic repellants, and store-bought insecticides.
Having mosquitoes in the bedroom is annoying and a health risk since they are known to transmit diseases. Their buzzing noise and painful bites make one have interrupted sleep, and there is a need to get rid of them.
This guide explains the various safe methods that can be used to eliminate these unwelcome guests. Read on!
Natural Ways Of Eliminating Mosquitoes From Your Bedroom
Besides getting rid of mosquitoes from your home, you also want to ensure that the methods used are safe not only for human beings but also for your pets. For this reason, it is better to go natural when dealing with these insects. Here are some of the best and effective products;
|Product||How It Eliminates Mosquitoes|
Carbon dioxide (dry ice)
Attracts mosquitos and diverts them from the bed
Repels them by its strong scent
Expels mosquitoes from their hiding place due to strong smell
Tea tree oil
Repels mosquitos when applied to the skin
It kills mosquito eggs when sprinkled on stagnant water.
Dry Ice (Carbon Dioxide)
Mosquitoes get attracted to the carbon dioxide that human beings exhale, and getting a substance that ‘diverts’ their attention could be helpful. Since dry ice releases this gas, you can place some of it in a jar and keep it in the bedroom far from the bed. Place it in the container where mosquitoes get attracted to it. This method may take time to remove the creatures, but it is effective.
You can purchase dry ice from your local stores.
Camphor acts as an effective pest repellant due to its strong scents. You can dissolve a camphor tablet in a bowl of water and place it inside your bedroom. Doing this will repel mosquitoes out of the room. You can repeat this procedure every two to three days to keep them completely at bay.
An alternative method is to close the doors and windows and light camphor in the bedroom. Leave it to burn for 15 – 20 minutes for all the mosquitoes to die.
Mosquitoes, like most other insects, dislike the strong, pungent smell of garlic. Crush a few cloves of this substance, add them to water, and boil for a few minutes. Put the liquid inside a spray bottle then apply it around the room. Doing this will push away any mosquito that was hiding inside.
You can also cook with garlic (if you like them) and ensure that you heat your dish to produce the smell. It is not the food that will repel the insects, but the smell of garlic coming from the heated food. You may also have your garlic minced and boil it with water, then spray your room.
Basil is a very versatile natural solution for eliminating mosquitoes. For basil to be very effective, it can be placed inside the house as a simple standing plant. Basil essential oil has strong repellant properties when applied directly to the skin.
Planting Mosquito-Repelling Plants
Placing some mosquito-repelling plants such as tulip, feverfew, and catnip near the windows or door will help repel mosquitos from your house. You can plant them on your windowsill, flowerbed, or in your garden to prevent these creatures from coming into your home. You can also get a suitable version of the plants for use inside the house or even their essential oils.
Tea Tree Oil
This product has antifungal and antibacterial properties, and it is also effective in repelling mosquitoes. If you add a few drops of this oil to water and apply it to your skin, it will help fight off mosquitoes and keep them away from you.
Tulsi (also known as ‘holy basil) is an Indian herb that effectively keeps mosquitoes at bay and destroys their larvae. This herb can also be applied directly to treat a mosquito bite. By planting the herb and placing it at the entry points for mosquitoes, such as the window and doors, you are sure to keep them at bay.
Coffee grounds help kill mosquito eggs hence preventing them from hatching. You can sprinkle some of the coffee grounds in any stagnant water around your home, as doing this will make the eggs float. When they float, the eggs will be deprived of oxygen necessary for hatching; hence they will die.
Other Ways To Get Rid Of Mosquitoes
Apart from natural substances that are chemical-free and safe to use, you can also go for other methods if the infestation does not go away. These techniques include;
Using A Smokeless Mosquito Coil
Plugging in a mosquito coil that is smokeless in your room is not only efficient in chasing and killing these insects, but it is also safe for your health. This coil does not produce nasty fumes like burning coils, and you are sure to sleep uninterrupted.
Switching On A Fan
A switched-on fan helps keep your bedroom cool and disperses the carbon dioxide that you exhale from the room. The circulating air also disrupts the movement of the mosquitoes, thereby knocking them down.
How To Avoid Mosquito Bites At Night
Sleeping Under A Net
One of the most inexpensive and efficient ways to shield yourself from a mosquito bite is sleeping under a mosquito net. Most mosquito species are active at night when we fall asleep, and it may not be easy to wade them off. So a treated mosquito net acts as a shield of protection between you and these insects, and the chemical used on it will kill any mosquito that touches it.
Wearing Protective Clothing To Bed
Wearing long-sleeved clothes and long pants to bed can also prevent mosquito bites since your skin will not be exposed. Such clothes will deny the mosquitos the opportunity to bite on your skin.
Using Mosquito Traps
While this method could be expensive, it is also very effective. Mosquito traps use a combination of lures such as heat, light, and carbon dioxide to attract mosquitoes. When mosquitos come near the trap, they get sucked inside by a vacuuming fan. An electric grid or plate electrocutes the insects or they get captured on a sticky surface or a net.
If you go for this method, it is necessary to research well to get the best trap.
Use Of Bug Repellants
You may also use a bug repellant in your bedroom to keep the mosquitoes at bay. You can apply the substance on your clothing, skin, bedding, and other surfaces that may attract these biting creatures. Repellants have strong odors that keep away mosquitos. Make sure that the repellants do not get onto the face, under your pillows, or your clothing.
Sometimes you may feel that you don’t want to sleep under a net or apply something to your skin. When this is the case, you may decide to use insecticides to eliminate mosquitoes. The pyrethroids and pyrethrins compounds used to make most insecticides are effective in killing pests. These compounds cause paralysis and death to the insect by attacking its nervous system.
How To Prevent Mosquitoes From Invading Your Home
Getting rid of a mosquito infestation from home can be quite challenging, and it is better to stop it before it happens. The following ways can help you prevent the problem;
Remove Stagnant Water Around Your Home
Mosquitoes like breeding in stagnant water, and having such around your home can lead to an infestation. Ensure that no water stands near your home, whether on potted plants, rain barrels, or birdbaths. Make sure also that large pools and ponds are constantly chlorinated and circulated.
Keeping fish in the ponds can also help get rid of mosquitoes since they will kill the larvae and their adults. Remove any unintentional pools by creating an outlet for the water.
Cut Short Any Bushes And Grass.
Having long grass and bushes around your home provides hiding ground for mosquitoes. Ensure that you trim these bushes and grass to ensure that no mosquitoes hang around, especially after chasing them away from inside the house.
Seal All The Entry Points
One of the best methods of preventing mosquitoes from entering your house is to seal all nooks and crevices. Ensure that gaps around the windows and doors are filled to deny the mosquitoes any access into the home.
Keep Your Home Clean.
Like other pests and insects, mosquitoes like hiding in messy areas of the home. Keeping your bedroom tidy denies these insects a place to hide, and this makes it easier to eliminate them as they will become visible.
Having mosquitoes in your bedroom can be both annoying and frustrating. These biting insects cause disturbed sleep due to their buzzing noise, and their bites are quite painful. The insects can also transmit diseases such as malaria, which can be fatal. Using the above methods will help keep them at bay.