Have you ever woken up after a good night’s rest only to begin scratching at a new red, swollen spot? You wonder how you could have possibly gotten a mosquito bite when you haven’t been outside lately. Almost everyone can relate, and, unfortunately, the number of mosquitoes migrating indoors will be on the rise during peak season (which is predicted to be especially brutal this year). To help you keep your living space comfortable and pest-free, we have compiled a guide to indoor mosquito prevention and control; keep reading to learn more!
How to Protect Your Home From Mosquitoes
Why Indoor Mosquito Prevention Matters
As unbelievable as it sounds, the humble mosquito is actually the deadliest animal on the planet. Though only females feed on humans, over one million deaths per year can be attributed to mosquitoes. Most people know them as the bothersome, buzzing pest that makes an appearance at every outdoor gathering, but mosquitoes can also wreak real havoc. These tiny fliers carry a wealth of dangerous diseases, including West Nile, Zika virus, and dengue fever.
It’s important to take the proper mosquito prevention measures because once inside, mosquitoes can live for quite some time – anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on the gender and species. Typically, male mosquitoes don’t last more than a few days inside. In contrast, with enough food (that’s us) and the right temperature, a female mosquito can live up to four weeks, laying between 100 and 200 eggs in the process.
Why Mosquitoes Migrate Indoors
If you live in the relatively hot and humid southeast region, especially in high activity areas such as forests, swamps, marsh, lakes, and beaches, chances are that you are going to have a few mosquitoes venture into your home this season.
Typically, these unwanted pests come in through an open window, door, or another exterior entryway. In an already ideal climate for breeding, our homes serve as a five-star, all-inclusive resort with a steady supply of food, water, comfortable temperatures, and CO2.
Mosquitoes often venture in during the winter season to escape the colder temperatures, whereas, in the summer, they prefer to hang out in dark, damp corners to get out of the dehydrating sun. So, if you start hearing these pests buzzing around your home, here are a few places to check:
Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water and finding a suitable breeding spot is one of their strongest migratory drivers. If you have a mosquito infestation that won’t go away, then it’s a safe bet that they have found water somewhere in your home to breed. Luckily, mosquitoes need more than just standing water; they need water containing some sort of organic material to feed on, too.
Hence, prime suspects for breeding grounds include flower vases, houseplants, old beverages, shower drains, laundry rooms, sump pumps, and underneath soap dishes. Some species of mosquitoes lay their eggs on the walls of these moist containers, so it is very important to do a weekly scrub and cleaning if you suspect an infestation.
Mosquitoes typically become lethargic and slow in temperatures below 50 degrees and above 95 degrees. Studies have shown that mosquitoes stop biting in colder temperatures, and, since not all species die off in the winter, discomfort can drive them inside of nearby homes. After all, our homes are constantly regulated to fall somewhere between the high 60s and low 70, which is an ideal temperature for mosquitoes, too.
Different mosquitoes have different light preferences, but most mosquitoes have a preferred spectrum of light during which they are active, and another spectrum of light that seems to make them less so. For example, Aedes aegypti prefer to hunt under bright light, which may attract them indoors in the evening, while anopheles coluzzi prefer low light, potentially drawing them into your home during the day in the pursuit of darker conditions.
How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Inside
If you want to have some peace from these buzzing pests, make sure to carry out a thorough check-up on your home, removing any stagnant water to prevent breeding, and checking the exterior for any potential entry points. One of our knowledgeable mosquito exterminators can help you conduct a thorough pest inspection at no cost to you!
Check your screens for gaps and tears, and of course, make sure you have a screen in every window. You may also check your perimeter for leaks and use caulk or sealant to eliminate the crack. Mosquitoes are imprecise, erratic flyers, so if you don’t leave an obvious weakness, they are much less likely to find their way into your home.
Inside, make sure to use a sponge and scrub out the inside of water containers, and use a drain cleaner to purge the standing water from your pipes. Address any leaks in your home promptly, before the water has a chance to pool and attract invading insects. During the spring and summer months, make sure to refresh the soil in your houseplants to eliminate any mosquito nests several times.
Contact Your Local Mosquito Exterminators
Oftentimes, mosquitoes migrate into your home from the outside, which is why it’s important to eliminate outdoor problem areas first. A Palmetto Mosquito Control specialist will walk your property and help you identify problem areas and lures, eliminating the elements that are drawing mosquitoes to your home in the first place. Then, our mosquito control specialists will provide a defensive pest treatment to make the area unlivable for invading pests and mosquitoes.
Once we have identified and removed the lures at the source of your mosquito problem, one of our technicians will develop a mosquito and gnat control plan tailored to fit your budget and needs. As specialists in backyard mosquito control systems, Palmetto Mosquito Control offers a variety of treatment options including barrier mosquito treatments, mosquito misting systems, neighborhood mosquito control, and custom mosquito treatments for special events.
Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help you reduce the threat of pests during mosquito season!