The Aedes mosquito has evolved to thrive in human habitations and while any mosquito can enter your home through an open door or window, the Aedes mosquito will actually breed inside your home. So how can you kill mosquitoes indoors? BUGCO’s Darrell Mather has some suggestions in this video. Call us at 210-340-2847 for more information and a free quote.
Summary of the How to Kill Mosquitoes Indoors Video
There are a variety of mosquitoes in the San Antonio area, but the Aedes mosquito is often found indoors and prefers to feed on humans. There are two varieties of the Aedes mosquito — Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus — which are known to inhabit Texas in the area around San Antonio. The Aedes mosquito can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever viruses, and can be recognized by white markings on its legs. These mosquitoes typically lay eggs near standing water in containers that hold water, like buckets, bowls, animal dishes, flower pots, and vases. They prefer to bite humans and prefer to live near humans, indoors and outdoors. They bite during the day and the night.
- The Aedes mosquito might breed in your sink drains, toilets, pet bowls, shower drains and potted plants.
- You can reduce the numbers of mosquitoes in your home by eliminating these breeding sites. If you have sinks or showers that you don’t use often, cover those drains with a stopper.
- If you have toilets in unused bathrooms, flush them at least once a week.
- Change the water in your pet bowls frequently. Don’t just add water to the bowls.
- Don’t overwater your indoor plants.
- When you return from a vacation, run water through all the drains in your home, flush all your toilets and run your washer to kill mosquitoes and mosquito larvae that may be lurking in those drains.
- You can use insect spray indoors but use caution and don’t overspray.
- Check your screens and door seals to keep outside mosquitoes from moving into your home. BUGCO Pest Control pest control specialists can inspect your home looking for the points of entry that mosquitoes and other insects are using.
- The In2Care mosquito trap which is placed outdoors targets the Aedes mosquito and kills mosquitoes and their larvae at breeding sites all around your home and in surrounding yards. Mosquito misting systems provide a quick knockdown and mosquito kill around the outside of your home and also reduce the numbers of spiders, roaches and other insects coming into your home from the outside.
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Transcript of How to Kill Mosquitoes Indoors
– I’m Paul Sherland and I’m with Darrell Mather of Bugco San Antonio and we’re going to talk about a frequently asked question. How to kill mosquitoes indoors? Darrell, how do I do that? How can I control mosquitoes indoors?
– Yeah Paul, so something people face is, the variety of the mosquitoes that we have in the San Antonio area, there’s a wide variety, but there’s only a select few that prefer to breed indoors. And we’re going to kind of talk about how that occurs in the first place. So with that, mosquitoes do like to breed in stagnant water outside. So when we’re talkin’ about inside, there is a species the Aedes aegypti, that have modified over the years to be able to breed. So when we’re talkin’ about the indoor population, we’re talking bathrooms that aren’t used, guest rooms, things like that, where the drains are exposed and the stoppers are not stopping the mosquitoes from going down. They’ll go down that pipe, they’ll find that standing water and they’ll start breeding there. And you’ll have a breeding population coming up from out of the drain itself, not only the sink, but in the bathtub. So go ahead and start, by stoppering those spare, you know spare rooms, ones that aren’t being used. And then we’re talking about toilets as well. So go to that spare room, go to that guest room, stopper ’em up and just once a week or so, or more often, just flush the toilet. That’s all you need to do. We want to make sure that we’re not giving them places to hang out, to breed, to live, because if they have shelter and they have a breeding site, well obviously the next step Paul, is they’re coming for you because you’re the food source. And we all know that what do you need? You need food, water and shelter. So we’ve given ’em that if we’re not stoppering it up and then you have the price to pay for it, because you’re going to be getting bitten. So those are things that we want to address, but not only that, did you know, they also can breed in potted plants and soil in the house. So that’s somethin’ that we have to be concerned with, but a way that we could remedy that is, you don’t have to remove your plants, but just water them less frequently. You don’t want that soil to be too moist, or too saturated, which allows them to breed. Go ahead and keep it dry. You know water your plants, only as frequently as needed. And even then, not to excess. So those are some key factors, that are going to play into reducing breeding mosquitoes in the house. Also don’t leave your doors open. That’s going to have to number one. If you have pets that come in and out frequently, then open the door, get ’em in, close the door. We don’t want those mosquitoes getting inside. Also in that vein, when we’re talking about pets, make sure that you’re changing their watering bowls frequently. So if you have ’em inside, you know, don’t just add water to the existing water. Let’s go ahead and get that dumped out. Let’s get that cleaned out. And get fresh water in there daily. So that way you’re going to giving them a breeding place in your pet’s own watering dish.
– That’s very important.
– That’s all really valuable information Darrell. If I’ve got mosquitoes in the house, like the Aedes mosquito, can I use a, just an indoor insect spray to kill those?
– Yeah your standard insect spray is going to help to kill on contact, obviously. It’s like with any insecticide, you don’t want to apply too much in any given area. Those are very fine particulates, so one quick burst, kill the mosquito, but you’re not going to want to go spraying the house as if though it’s a, you know, something to…
– You don’t want to fumigate.
– It’s not a long term, yeah, so it’s not a long term preventative measure. Just kill on contact and then put it to the side. That shouldn’t be needed frequently. So as long as we can maintain, like we were talkin’ about earlier. Keeping the doors closed, make sure you have screens on the windows should you want to open the windows and making sure that we’re maintaining those spare, or unused restrooms, that’s going to be really key. And also you know, in the laundry room, where the pipe goes down and it dispels the water, so there’s no real perfect way to seal that, but so long as we’re using our washing machine frequently, it flushes that line out. So that’s something that, say you were gone on vacation for a week or two, you know, just come back, if you don’t have any clothes to wash, just go ahead and run it one time and get that water to expel and cycle.
– That’ll help out.
– Okay. Yeah those are great tips. Great tips, I appreciate it Darrell. Thank you very much.
– Obviously, we could talk about outdoor mosquito control to help reduce the amount that’s getting in, but we’ve discussed that in some other videos. So I would encourage anyone to go look at those videos as well and we could talk about not only how to reduce ’em inside, but effectively reduce the quantity getting in, by reducing what we can, their breeding populations outside.
– Okay, okay. That’s great. Thank you very much Darrell.
– All right thanks Paul.