How To Get Rid of and Kill Mosquitoes



If you are as passionate about getting rid of and killing mosquitoes as we are, then you have come to the right place!

On this page we discuss the best ways to help you eliminate this pesky creature from any area that you spend significant time in.

Below are the absolute best ways to get rid of mosquitoes:


Preventing Mosquitoes from Breeding


One of the simplest and best ways to get rid of mosquitoes is to prevent them from breeding in the first place!

As you may already know mosquitoes reproduce in areas where stagnant water collects; and it only takes them just over a week for up to 300 new mosquitoes to be born from just one female mosquito. Stopping this life cycle from taking place is by far the most effective and inexpensive way to get rid of mosquitoes!

You may think that there is no stagnant water collecting anywhere in your yard; but before you automatically assume this, check and make sure you are not overlooking some of these common areas below:


  • Garbage Cans

  • Clogged Gutters

  • Flowerpots & Saucers

  • Vases

  • Plastic Tarps

  • Pool Covers

  • Wheelbarrows

  • Discarded Tires

  • Buckets

  • Birdbaths

  • Pet Water Bowl

  • Water Fountains

Garbage Cans Discarded Tires
Clogged Gutters Flower Pots & Saucers

Tips to prevent mosquito breeding:



1) Mosquitos only need an inch of stagnant water in order to hatch their eggs; so keep an eye out for any other areas that are able to hold at least this much water.

2) Mosquitoes spend their first 10 days in water. So checking your yard every week for standing water is a very good way to prevent new mosquito larva from fully developing.
3) If you have a water garden, bird bath, flower pot, etc. that you don’t want to empty every week than you can buy inexpensive Mosquito Bits which are little corn cob granules that you can sprinkle in any standing water to kill mosquitoes before they are old enough to fly. Mosquito Bits



Bait and Kill Mosquitoes



Bait and Kill Mosquitoes So you checked your yard and are sure there are no mosquitoes breeding in it, but you still are getting bit by them whenever you walk outside! Even though you have done everything in your power to keep them from originating in your yard, mosquitoes are able to travel up to 3 miles and it is not possible to make sure there is no stagnant water in a 3 mile radius of you!

This is where the bait and kill method can really help you take a chunk out of the population of mosquitoes that are within range of your yard! Mosquitoes need sugar from plants in order to survive and one company has created a product that mimics the smell that attracts them to plants; this bait is infused with garlic oil which kills the mosquito and interrupts the breeding cycle!

This product is called Terminix AllClear. The best part about this bait is that it is non-toxic and safe to use around people, pets and food! It is extremely affordable and reduces the population of mosquitoes by more than 90% in just 2-3 weeks!


Tips: How to use Terminix AllClear Bait:



1) Do not apply the product when rain is forecasted within 24 hours of application. Also do not hand water or use sprinklers on any of the treated areas for at least 48 hours.

2) This spray is meant for outdoor use and best when applied to non-porous areas such as stained/painted wood, plastic, metal and non-flowering foliage. Do not use on porous areas such as brick, untreated wood, concrete, fabric or soil.

3) It is recommended to reapply this product at least once every 4 weeks (or more often if there is a lot of rain).



Mosquito Fogger for Killing and Repelling



Mosquito Fogger
Mosquito Fogging
Foggers are an extremely effective way to kill and repel mosquitoes for a short period of time. You may wonder why a person would choose a fogger over the simple and low cost bait and kill method.

Although the bait and kill method reduces the mosquito population in your yard by more than 90% over the course of 2-3 weeks; it also involves luring the mosquitoes to the area in which you want to keep them away from; once they are there it takes about 24 hours for them to die from the garlic oil they have just ingested which leaves you and your guests vulnerable to their bites until they die.

This is where the insect fogger shines! Immediately after applying this mist to your yard, the product will take effect by killing and repelling mosquitoes in the area for 6 or more hours. Leaving you and your friends mosquito free for the whole night! Another advantage of using this product is that it also kills and repels gnats and biting flies; which can be equally annoying depending on the area and climate you are in.

Overall the insect fogger is a more costly option, but is one of the best options for eliminating mosquitoes, gnats and biting flies from your yard for the night.


Mosquito Fogger tips:



1) Even though the manufacture does not make mention of the need for a respirator anywhere on the product page; it is always a good idea to use one whenever you are dealing with chemicals.

2) Remember that a propane tank and fogger insecticide is required for using this product.

3) This is one of those products that you are going to want to pay close and careful attention to the instructions that come with the fogger. If you decide to forego the instructions you will likely end up misusing the fogger.
Respirator for Fogging
Propane Tank for Fogger Fogging Insecticide



Bug Zappers For Killing Mosquitoes



Bug Zapper Bug Zappers are extremely controversial because they kill a lot of different bugs including mosquitoes. These products emit an ultra violet light that many bugs cannot resist the urge to gravitate to.

The UV light itself is not a great lure for mosquitoes; studies have shown that mosquitoes make up 4.1 - 6.4% of the bug zapper kills. [1]

In order to kill a greater amount of mosquitoes, we highly recommend that you purchase Mosquito Attractant Cartridges which makes the bug zapper up to 5 times more effective at killing mosquitoes and other biting flies!


Tips: How to use a bug zapper effectively:



1) Keep the bug zapper at least 25 feet away from the area you want to protect. You want the mosquitoes to be attracted away from the area you plan on being in rather than too it. Also the when the bugs are getting zapped, they can potentially release particles that you do not want to be near.

2) Change out the mosquito attractant cartridges at least once every 30 days to ensure that your bug zapper is killing a large amount of mosquitoes.

3) If your primary goal is to kill mosquitoes than stick with the less expensive 1/2 acre bug zapper since the size of the UV lamp is not going to make a large difference in the amount of mosquitoes that are lured to your unit.
Mosquito Attractant



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References


1. American Mosquito Control Association “Do Bug-Zappers work?”, American Mosquito Control Association. Retrieved on 7 Oct. 2016.