If there is one insect that has proven to be a nuisance to the human race, it is definitely the mosquito. These unwelcome health wreckers have mastered the art of vigilance like a military-trained intelligence unit. You can hear them and feel their bites, but you cannot see them. They possess the power to carry deadly diseases and pass them onto humans. If you find yourself asking, “What can I do if there is a mosquito in my room?” then you are one step ahead in protecting yourself from these suckers. (Pun intended.)
For your adventure, you will need a golden helmet, a sword from the River Zambezi, and one of Zeus’ thunderbolts. Not really. It is actually quite simple to kill a mosquito in your house. While the challenge lies actually in finding it, you can still obliterate the insect even in its hideouts. Below, we will explain four ways to do so.
How to kill a mosquito when you cannot find it?
1. Use a mosquito net
Sleeping under a mosquito net is the most effective and cheapest way to keep those bloodsuckers away from you, especially when you are facing an army of them. Interestingly, mosquitoes rarely attack in daylight, unless it has been tough for them to land a meal in the previous nights. So, sleeping under a TREATED mosquito net is like having a divine shield of protection from the enemy. Your mosquito net will act as a barrier and the chemical on the net will kill those who mosquitos who dare to touch it. Do this for a series of nights and voila, the mosquitoes will either die from starvation or will leave to seek greener pastures.
2. Use bug repellent
So, let’s say that you find a net somewhat suffocating and too bulky for your bedroom, which you should not since malaria and yellow fever are no joke. In that case, using any bug repellent for the bedroom is a good choice, too. These are applied to the skin, clothing, bedding, and/or other surfaces and their odor discourages insects from landing on those items. Furthermore, some of these products have been modified to work on your skin so that nothing adverse will happen to your skin and no mosquito will want to set foot on it as mosquitos prefer their meals fresh and aromatic. Unfortunately, the use of these repellents, in the long run, will make you bathe more and wash your clothes more frequently, for obvious reasons.
3. Use insecticides
Maybe you want your room to stay as it is. You want to apply nothing to your skin or clothing. Using insecticides will come as a saving grace in that case.
Most insecticides are made from pyrethrum, which is a plant that produces an extract that is able to clog the trachea of the insects that it touches and suffocate them.
To use, completely spray the room with an insecticide. Spray under the bed, on the ceiling, in the drawers, even in places that seem most unlikely. Ensure that you have a protective cloth on your nose to prevent you from inhaling the chemical. Leave the room clogged with this mist, close all of the windows and doors, and wait for 30 minutes. Every insect in the room will be dead. This is a good way to eliminate indoor mosquitoes.
4. Use a mosquito trapping system
This option may be a bit expensive, but very effective. Mosquito trapping systems produce heat, carbon dioxide, and have UV lights. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide. This is why they mostly attack the face and head as you breathe out carbon dioxide. They are equally attracted to body heat, so the system mimics body heat. The system attracts the mosquitoes and once they are close enough, they get shocked, and poof! Dead.
How to find a mosquito?
You can hear a mosquito buzzing around your ear. You find yourself thinking, “I have a mosquito in my house.” You turn on the lights. Boom. Nothing. No one. This cycle continues through the night. However, there is a way to find that tiny little terrorist. Turn on a flashlight when you hear that telltale buzz. Put the flashlight directly on the wall so that the beam runs in a straight line across the wall. Watch carefully for any shadows. If the mosquito is on the wall, its shadow will be huge. (Physics come into play here.) Do rotate the flashlight in all directions until you find the mosquito. Obliterate that sucker with the palm of your hand or with any hard object with a large surface area.
If you cannot find the mosquito using a flashlight, disrupt its hiding areas. Use a cloth to scare it out from under the bed, from in the drawers, from the ceiling, or on the walls. Once you identify it, smash it.
You can also stay up and wait. As I said, mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide, heat, and light. Shut off all lights and use your phone to browse the internet or to read eBooks. Do not wear any headphones because your ears will be your biggest asset here. They will fly back to you. If you feel one feasting on you, give it time to get cozy. After a short wait, smack it like there is no tomorrow.
How to keep mosquitoes out of your room?
It is futile to get rid of the mosquitoes you encounter and to not take measures to prevent them from entering in the future. Here are simple things you can do to prevent them from coming back because these little pests never give up.
1. Grow some mosquito repellent plants
There are some plants that repel mosquitos just by being around. This is also a good way to avoid using insecticides all the time as they produce a mild odor that mosquitoes find unappealing. These plants can also help make your house look more lively, be used as herbs, and are natural air fresheners. Some mosquito repelling plants include basil, lemon balm, lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, and Venus flytraps (an insectivorous plant).
2. Get rid of stagnant water around the house
Just getting rid of the mosquitos in your bedroom is not enough. You must eliminate their breeding grounds. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. The pupae transform into full adults in stagnant water. Create a path for the stagnant water exit or add detergent to it to get rid of the water’s surface tension.
3. Trim the grass and bushes
Mosquitoes may hide in grass and bushes, especially when you chase them away from your house. So, getting rid of long grass and bushes or trimming them will take their hiding grounds away from them.
4. Keep your home clean
As with most insects, having a tidy, well-kept bedroom prevents mosquitoes from hiding under the mess and therefore makes them more easy to spot and eliminate.