If there’s one insect that has proven a nuisance to the human race, it’s definitely the mosquito. These unwelcome health wreckers have mastered the art of vigilance like some military-trained intelligence unit. You will hear them, feel the bites, but you won’t see them. They possess the power to carry deadly diseases’ agents and pass them onto humans. And if you’re asking yourself “what to do if there is a mosquito in my room,” then you’re one step ahead in protecting yourself from these suckers (pun intended).

In your adventure, you will need a golden helmet, a sword from River Zambezi, and a thunderbolt from Zeus. No, it’s actually quite simple to kill a mosquito in your house. While the challenge here is how to find it, you can still obliterate the insect even in its hideouts. Here are four ways to do so.

How to kill the mosquito when you can’t find it

Use a Mosquito Net

Sleeping under a mosquito net is the number most effective and cheapest way to keep these bloodsuckers away from you especially when you have an army of them. Interestingly, mosquitoes rarely attack during daylight, unless the previous nights have been tough for them to land a meal. So sleeping under a TREATED mosquito net is like having a divine shield of protection from the enemy. The mosquito net will act as a barrier and if the mosquito tries to pass through, the chemical on the net will smother it to death. Do this for a series of nights and voila, the mosquitoes will either die from starving or will run away to seek greener pastures.

Use bug repellent

So let’s say you find the net somewhat suffocating and bulky in your bedroom, which you shouldn’t since malaria and yellow fever is not a joke, using insects and any bug repellent for the bedroom is a good choice too. These are applied to the skin, the clothes or bed sheets and other surfaces and its odor discourages the bugs and insects from landing on those surfaces. Furthermore, some of them have been modified to work on your skin too, so nothing adverse will happen on your skin. No mosquito will want to touch your skin. They like their meals fresh and aromatic. Unfortunately, the use of these repellents, in the long run, make you bathe more times a day and wash clothes more frequently. Obviously.

Use insecticides

Maybe you want your room to stay as it is. You want nothing applied on your skin or clothes. Using insecticides comes as a saving grace too. Most insecticides are made from pyrethrum, which is a plant that produces an extract that is able to clog the trachea of insects when it touches them and suffocate them. Spray the room with an insecticide completely. Spray under the bed, on the ceiling, in drawers, even in the most unlikely of places. Ensure you have protective cloth on your nose to prevent inhaling the chemical. Leave the room clogged with the mist, close all the windows and doors and wait for 30 minutes. Every insect in the room will be dead. This is a good way to eliminate mosquitoes indoors.

Use mosquito trapping system

A bit expensive though, but very effective. The mosquito trapping system produces heat, carbon dioxide, and has UV lights. Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide which is why they mostly attack the face and head since you breathe out carbon dioxide. Equally, they’re attracted to body heat, and so the system mimics the body heat. The system attracts the mosquitoes and once they’re close enough, they get shocked and poof! Dead.

How to find the mosquito

The mosquito is buzzing around your ear. And you think, “I have a mosquito in my house.” You open the lights. Boom. Nothing. No one. And the cycle continues through the night. However, here’s a way to find that tiny little terrorist. Open a flashlight when you hear the buzz. Put it directly parallel to the wall. Observe for any shadows. If the mosquito is on the wall, its shadow will be huge. (Physics in play here.) Do the same in all direction until you find it. Obliterate that sucker with the palm of your hand or anything hard with a big surface area.

If you can’t find it with a flashlight, disrupt them from their hiding areas. Use a cloth to shove them out under the bed, in the drawers, or on the ceiling or the walls. Once you identify them, smash them.

Or you can stay up and wait for them. As I said, they are attracted to carbon dioxide, heat, and light. Shut off all lights, maybe use your phone to browse or read eBooks. Don’t wear earphones because your ears are your biggest asset here. They’ll fly their way to you. If you feel one is feasting on you, give it time to get cozy. After some time, smack it like there’s no tomorrow.

How to not have mosquitoes in the room

It’s futile to get rid of the mosquitoes and not take measures to prevent them from reigning over you in future. Here are simple things you can do to prevent them from coming back because these little tads never give up.

Grow some mosquito repellent plants

There are some plants that repel mosquitos just by being around. It’s also a good way to avoid using insecticides all the time. They produce a mild odor that mosquitoes find unappealing. They can also help make the house look lively. They can also be used as herbs and natural air fresheners. They include basil, lemon balm, lemongrass, peppermint, lavender, and Venus fly trap (insectivorous plants.)

Get rid of stagnant water around the house

Just getting rid of the mosquito in the bedroom is not good enough. You must eliminate their breeding grounds. Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water. The pupa transforms to full adults in stagnant water. Pave way for the stagnant water to flow out or add detergent on it to get rid of water’s surface tension.

Trim grasses and bushes

Mosquitoes may hide in grasses and bushes especially when you chase them away from your house. So getting rid of grasses and bushes or trimming them will steal their hiding grounds from them.

Maintain cleanliness

As with most insects, having a tidy, well-kept bedroom prevents mosquitoes from hiding under the mess and therefore easily spotted and eliminated.