How to control mosquitoes

Many of us have seen and heard those minute organisms known as mosquitoes. In fact, for some, those pesky creatures are probably an all-too-familiar sight – particularly if living near areas where mosquitoes tend to breed.

Unfortunately, mosquitoes are not simply an itchy-bite-leaving flying nuisance. Every mosquito you meet will have the potential to transmit life-threatening diseases with a sole bite. Mosquitoes infect more than 700 million people every year, affecting Africa, Asia and South America more so than other areas of the world.

The diseases they spread have led to millions of deaths, including 1-3 million deaths globally from malaria, 125,000 deaths due to dengue fever (and almost 50 million cases of the disease), and around 200,000 infections and 30,000 deaths in the world due to yellow fever.

All this means it is imperative that you learn how to control the mosquito population in and around your home. Read on for a guide to the right precautions to take if mosquitoes are a problem in your home.

How to remove mosquitoes from the home

If you see the occasional mosquito in your home, there are ways to reduce the mosquito population in your home. Prevent them from attacking you or your family by using specially designed pest control products that can target and kill the pesky creatures.

Mortein have a range of products to help, including the highly effective Mortein 2-in-1 Insect Spray. It is handy because you can simply point and spray at the mosquito in question, and – as long as you have good aim – it offers a 100% kill guarantee on both mosquitoes and cockroaches. The unique dual-purpose nozzle makes it easy to target the creatures directly, although we would also recommend spraying behind curtains and under the bed as an extra measure.

Another method to help control mosquitoes in the home involves using the Mortein Insta Vapourizer. It is a mosquito machine that begins acting in just five minutes to knock down mosquitoes with ease. Simply remove the cap and insert the liquid vaporiser bottle into the specially-designed electric heating machine. Plug it in, switch it on and make sure your doors and windows are closed for at least the first 30 minutes for best results.

How to control mosquito breeding

Mosquitoes spend the first three stages of their life cycles in water, so, in order to control mosquito breeding before they turn into adult biters, you will need to assess your home and surrounding areas for any large bodies of standing or stagnant water. This means upturning any pots, buckets and pails that may gather water, quickly removing any puddles that form after rain, as well as covering pit latrines (or covering the surface of the water with oil) and making sure septic tanks are properly sealed. To ensure you are doing a thorough job, follow the recommendations in our article on how to keep mosquitoes away from your home, too.

Reducing mosquitoes in your home will always need to take a three-pronged approach. You will need to figure out how to control mosquitoes outside and around your home, how to control mosquito breeding before they have a chance to turn into adult mosquitoes, and also know the right pest control products to use in order to fight mosquitoes if they do enter your home. All combined, you should hopefully have a mosquito-free future to look forward to.