How to Stop Mosquitoes from Invading Your House
Mosquitoes invaded my house one day like tiny blood-sucking ninjas. It resembled a scene out of the never-made hit "Invasion of the Blood Snatchers." They waited to attack until my family was sleeping and defenseless. All three of us woke up the next morning covered in painfully itchy red marks.
We soon located the perpetrators hovering around the refrigerator ice dispenser and the bathroom and kitchen sinks. I also spotted one in my bedroom and angrily smashed it, leaving a long red smear on my wall. So gross.
Fortunately, my longtime exterminator offered me some free advice via the phone for getting rid of these little suckers for good. All that was required was a bottle of bleach. Read on for step by step instructions.
Mosquitoes are not only gross, annoying and ugly, but the females (the ones who bite us) carry horrible diseases like West Nile Virus, Malaria and Zika from person to person, never getting sick themselves. Even when they're not transmitting diseases, their saliva causes an immune reaction and hypersensitivity in humans.
As the video below explains, mosquitoes lay their eggs in water, but they don't need much. Even leftover water in your rain gutters or water in a pet's dish can house hatching larvae:
It's really no surprise these little blood-thirsty beasts are considered the deadliest animal family in the world.
Eradication of the species sounds like a fabulous idea when you're covered in swollen, itchy bumps, but it's not an option. Scientists say mosquitoes are an important source of food for birds, bats, fish and frogs. Silly food chain.
Mosquitoes may be here to stay, but that doesn't mean they're welcome visitors. In my case, other than smashing them one by one, I had no idea how to make them go. I also wasn't sure where they came from or if they were continuing to invade.
Overwhelmed and drowsy from Benadryl, I suggested burning down the house and starting a new life.
Thank goodness for my friendly bug guy. He helped me in the past with an ant invasion, offering an easy, less-toxic approach to ant control. He came to the rescue again this time with an ingenious method for keeping mosquitoes from invading indoors: bleach.
The bug blaster explained that the mosquitoes were likely entering my home through a rarely-used drain. They probably found some standing water in the pipe for laying eggs, meaning more mosquitoes to come. Great.
Steps for Terminating a Mosquito Invasion
This method of keeping mosquitoes away with bleach is easy, cheap and effective. Bleach is an awesome anecdote for so many things, so you likely already have a bottle lying around your house. If not, a 64-ounce bottle should cost you around $3.
Now without further ado, here are the four steps to preventing further mosquito infestations:
Step 1: Locate a bottle of bleach.
Brand name or generic, it's is not important. Mosquitoes can't read.
Step 2: Pour bleach down every drain in your house
You won't need to use much, just a small amount. Don't forget to pour the bleach in the overflow drains on your baths and sinks, and the drain pipe leading up to your washing machine. The bleach will kill any mosquitoes working their way up the drains as well their eggs.
Step 3: Close every drain
Or seal them off if they don't close.
Step 4: Exclaim, "See ya later suckers!"
This step is not required but highly suggested.
I'm still not entirely sure which drain the mosquitoes were entering from, but I suspect it was the rarely-used bathtub upstairs or the never-used shower downstairs. Nonetheless, we treated every drain in the house (except the washing machine).
We haven't seen a mosquito since. This method really works.
We also have much to be thankful for. With several reports of West Nile Virus in our area, we're fortunate our run in was limited to annoying, itchy, red bumps.
Now that we know how to keep them out, we hopefully won't have to worry about seeing them again. I'll probably continue to treat the drains with bleach periodically, just to be on the safe side.