The only thing worse than encountering mosquitoes outdoors is dealing with them indoors. Not only do mosquito bites itch for days, but the insects can also carry diseases such as West Nile virus. The best-case scenario is to keep the pests out of your home in the first place, but that may be hard to do during a hot, humid summer. You can get rid of indoor mosquitoes in several ways in addition to killing the bugs as you see them.
Scents that Get Rid of Mosquitos
Burning citronella candles is an effective way to get rid of mosquitoes outdoors, but they may be too strong to burn indoors, especially for people with breathing issues. You also don't want to spray toxic, chemical-laden mosquito repellents inside your home. For a more natural alternative, fill an oil burner with a carrier oil, such as almond or jojoba, and add a few drops of essential lavender oil. Burn the oil near windows, doors or any other mosquito access points to discourage them from entering your home or lingering once in.
Dish Soap and Mosquito Traps
Another way to control indoor mosquitoes is to squirt a few drops of citrus-scented dish soap into small bowls or saucers and place them where you see the pests, such as your kitchen, bathroom or screened-in porch. This method works as well as burning citronella candles. Or make a mosquito trap: Cut an empty liter-size soda bottle in half and discard the top portion. Dissolve 2 oz. of brown sugar in about 7 oz. of hot water and pour the mixture into the halved bottle after it cools. Add a sprinkling of yeast, which will cause the solution to emit carbon dioxide, and wrap sides of the bottle in black paper or cloth. Because mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, they'll fly to the bottle and drown in the water. Make as many of these traps as you need and place them wherever you see mosquitoes around your home.
Swatting the Mosquitoes
Although swatting mosquitoes with a fly swatter won't get rid of all of them at once, it will help you handle them one-by-one. This method is particularly helpful if you just get one or two mosquitoes in your home at a time, such as after a door is left open. If you don't have a fly swatter, a rolled-up newspaper will work almost as well.
Keeping Mosquitos Out of Your Home
Prevent mosquitoes from entering your home with a few simple precautions. First, close the door immediately upon entering your home, especially on warm, humid nights. Also, make sure there are no holes in your window screens, and don't open windows without screens. Tightly cover containers of standing water, such as barrels or cisterns, around the outside of your home to discourage mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water.