How to Kill Mosquitoes

The Non-Violent Approach to Killing Mosquitoes

The mosquito killer might be the name of a super hero - or at least a super hero that every homeowner wishes existed on a warm summer evening when mosquitoes are ruining some outdoor time! Fortunately, there are plenty of mosquito killing products that can help you help yourself.

Mosquitoes & Larvae
Mosquitoes & Larvae

How to Kill Mosquitoes

All mosquitoes pass through four stages of life - egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Under the best circumstances, mosquitoes can complete their life cycle from egg to adult in less than seven days. All the mosquitoes need to move through their life cycles quickly is your help. And since you clearly don't want to promote the wellbeing of mosquitoes on your property, it looks like you'll have to find the best mosquito killing methods.

Since each stage of mosquitoes can be killed differently, it is important to use the right techniques in tandem and at the right stages. The first three stages, however, all take place in water, so the first step is clearly to address any water-filled areas in and around your property.

There are plenty of potential places on your property where mosquitoes can develop. Since water is a necessary component to mosquito breeding, it is important not to take even the smallest lingering puddle for granted. Bordering swamps, ponds, neglected swimming pools, and bird baths can be all it takes, even in a drought situation, to produce mosquito larvae. So before you have to worry about killing mosquitoes, you may want to try to stop your growing mosquito problem first.

Of course, there will always be mosquito breeding areas that you cannot eliminate. In those cases, you may want to use a mosquito larvicide to kill your mosquito problem before it really starts. The larvicides kill the mosquitoes before they mature into biting adults. The active ingredient in these products is usually Bti (acillus thuringiensis israelensis), a soil bacterium. It disrupts the development of the larvae and is lethal only at the larvae stage of mosquito development. Keep in mind that the Bti toxin is not lethal to humans or pets when it is used as directed. Bti products come in many forms and can be used as part of a safe mosquito control plan by homeowners. Methoprene is another chemical common to products used in water features. The only downfall of this chemical is that it is an insect growth regulator and must be eaten by the larvae in order to work. That means the window of opportunity is only good before mosquitoes reach the pupa stage.

For a more natural approach, Mosquito fish (Gambusia affinis) are aptly named; their babies begin feeding on larvae the day they are born and will keep ponds clear of future biters. Cinnamon oil has also shown great promise in scientific studies in controlling larvae production. More research is needed, but it is safe and easy to use in standing water such as ponds and fountains.

Adult Mosquito Biting
Adult Mosquito Biting

Adult Mosquito Control

Even if you have been diligent in removing standing water and dealing with ponds and other bodies of water on your property, it's impossible to control all the potential breeding grounds that surround your home. Sometimes you have to take measures that directly target adult mosquitoes and kill them before they get a chance to sink their teeth in you.

Female mosquitoes are the biters of the bunch and they live for approximately a month. They can travel up to miles from their breeding grounds in order to find food and search out human prey by heat, movement, scent, and carbon dioxide exhalations. When dealing with adult female mosquitoes, the most effective solutions involve personal protection with tightly woven, light-weight clothing and repellents such as DEET. These measures will control the amount of mosquitoes that specifically target you, but they will not do anything to actually kill mosquitoes.

If you want to keep yourself protected and kill those mosquitoes for good, your best bet is to go with a widespread solution. You may want to invest in a safe piece of technology such as a mosquito trap, which uses Octenol, a synthetic component of human perspiration and U.V. light to attract mosquitoes away from humans and into their receptacles for quick and easy disposal. With a product like this, you will be able to kill mosquitoes before you even notice them and be able to lounge around your pool in unbitten peace.

As with killing mosquito larvae, it is important for you to investigate the safety of the "solution" for your mosquito problem. While mosquitoes are nuisances and can sometimes carry diseases, no product used on your property should be a danger to yourself, your family, pets, wildlife and plant life, even when combating this problem. Be sure to research any product that you plan to buy. Stay away from potentially dangerous products and stick with things like a mosquito trap which are proven to be safe and effective.

Mosquito Flogging
Mosquito Flogging

Other Mosquito Killers

Pethmethrin is a pesticide which is sold as a repellent and for use on clothing, not on skin. A combination of DEET-treated skin and permethrin-treated clothing can create a very efficient barrier against mosquito bites. Just be sure to read the labels on both products so you do not inadvertently harm yourself by using either product on the wrong spot.

Mosquito killing sprays come either water or oil based and can be used indoors or outdoors. Most sprays only work if you hit the insect directly. So if you are dealing with a traveling mosquito, those products are less effective and may be worrisome if used around children and pets or people with compromised immune systems.

As a safer and easier alternative, it may be best to purchase a home use model of a product such as a Mega-Catch Mosquito Trap. This is a much more environmentally-friendly and safe way of killing mosquitoes in the home. Plus, you will not have to hunt for mosquitoes, thus allowing you to relax while your product does all the mosquito killing for you.


Ultra Mosquito Trap from Mega-Catch
Ultra Mosquito Trap from Mega-Catch

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Jim Wilck 7 years ago

Very helpful and it does not try to sell me anything. Thank you.


varsha 7 years ago

there are over 2500 different species of mosquitoes.we can kill them when they are in the egg.there are 99%of comments of mosgitoes are killing people and so and so far.


Bud1 6 years ago

I'm going to spray a marshy pond-ditch with clorox..what will that do to the larve?


Mike_Coventry 6 years ago

The best way of killing mosquitoes and keeping the numbers down is to eliminate the ones that bite (The females) This usually means an outdoor trap as they generally breed outdoors. The female mosquitoes will find the trap before they go looking for you and your family. Look at top traps like the Bantix Mosquito Slayer PRO, which incidentally has been invented by the same person who invented the original Megacatch trap (link is at www.bantix.com.au ) The PRO is the "Real Deal" when it comes to mosquito control - its certainly no toy or just a light and a fan as some traps are- this trap uses carbon dioxide (the gas that's put into fizzy drinks) and other NATURAL attractants to lure the mosquito into the trap where she drowns. You can then tip the mass of dead mosquitoes onto your plants as fertilizer. Beware of spending money on Zappers (the mosquitoes and no-see-ums are often too small to get zapped) and other cheap traps that are not very efficient or robust. Around your family and friends, safety is an issue, the reliable Mosquito Slayer leads the way on this point, as it is only 12volts and doesn't use explosive gasses like some traps do.


ashley jones 6 years ago

WHAT IS DEET?


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kenneth avery 5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

SUPER HUB! Loved it. Great tips. Voted UP, awesome, useful. Thanks for sharing these great tips.


Zahid Shaikh 5 years ago

Good tips,Best tips I loved it


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daviddwarren22 5 years ago

When I reading this hub, I've learn something new In my knowledge. Great hub, I like it.


faz 5 years ago

how we can finish dangee virous from pakistan


Mike_Coventry 5 years ago

Hi Faz saw your question about dengue virus in Pakistan.

I mentioned the Bantix Mosquito Slayer PRO before. Bantix now make a lure specifically designed for the Dengue Mosquitoes Its called "Bantol 42" Powder and according to Bantix Worldwide it attracts the Aedes Mosquito into their trap. The reference can be found at mosquitotechnology.org. Their traps target the female mosquitoes - the ones which carry the dengue fever virus. They export traps all over the world. Hope this helps you - best regards Mike.


Ki1 4 years ago

Just smashed the bastards against the wall


1234 4 years ago

thanks for the information ireally appreciate it.i really needed the information. irritated by them


ABHISHEK 4 years ago

How we can finish mosquito?


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

I love mosquitoes. They are a part of nature. Leave them alone.


Doo_liss 4 years ago

Melissa, I can't help but say that you are ignorant. Mosquitos provide nothing for nature, save for small amounts of pollination among males. They carry many viruses, and actually can hospitalize people in big enough swarms. That's just like saying "Leave the roaches alone."


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

"Mosquitos provide nothing for nature" It's crazy to call me ignorant and make an asinine statement like that. Many animals are -heavily dependent- on mosquitoes, and I feel like you, Doo_liss, pulled your statement out of your a$$. A human, of all species, has the nerve to criticize another species of animal for being damaging (to them, of course).


ten_ninja 4 years ago

i wanted to know how oil works to kill mosquito young


Jovaine Wilcone 4 years ago

The best way to me for killing mosquitoes is by clapping them .. this for sure is a sure death sentance for them or use a zapper ( electrical shocker) to kill them


jackson 4 years ago

Melissa you are so stupid, mosquitoes are a plague.


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

@Jackson Every bite you get is a present from me through them. And you will never succeed at eliminating them. So cry more, imo.

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