Experts share how to get rid of mosquitoes in the kitchen
Pest control professionals and entomologists have shared their best tactics for showing mosquitoes the door
Mosquitoes are unwelcome guests in our kitchens, causing itchy skin and even transmitting diseases. So knowing how to get rid of mosquitoes that have found their way to our kitchen sinks and other warm, damp spots can make summer evenings a whole lot easier.
If you live in a mosquito-dense area near ponds, lakes, or marshes, these pests are likely to come indoors seeking food sources and standing water.
From long-term preventative measures to quick fixes, below we have gathered expert-recommended techniques to deter these buzzing insects.
How to get rid of mosquitoes in the kitchen
It's also worth noting the colors that attract or repel mosquitoes when getting dressed in the morning.
1. Remove standing water
Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water, so address any leaky, damp areas as a priority.
Emma Grace Crumbley, an entomologist at Mosquito Squad explains that potential breeding grounds in your kitchen include standing or stagnant water areas, such as behind or under your refrigerator (if leaking), under the sink, in over-watered plants, or in pet water dishes.
'Keeping these areas clean and water-free (or, in the case of the pet bowls, changing out the water frequently) can reduce the number of mosquitoes hatching and hanging around your kitchen,' she says.
Emma is the resident entomologist with Mosquito Squad, and her passions include insect education, scientific communication, and public, urban, and environmental health awareness. Mosquito Squad is dedicated to mosquito and tick control through integrated and environmentally conscious pest management.
2. Keep on top of cleaning
Cleaning the kitchen regularly is key when dealing with any pests, not least mosquitoes, so be sure to wipe down surfaces regularly, removing food debris and moisture as soon as possible. Try cleaning with lemon juice, too, as this will not only sanitize surfaces but also put these pests off, as citrus is one of the scents they cannot stand.
Trent Copperfield, Vice President of On Demand Pest Control, says that 'unhidden cheese can also be an attractant for mosquitoes,' so keep food covered or stored in airtight containers, at Amazon. 'Be sure to dispose of any garbage and clean your kitchen thoroughly to eliminate any potential food odors,' he adds.
3. Use a dehumidifier and fan
As well as dealing with sitting water, consider reducing the moisture in the air. Along with bathrooms and basements, kitchens tend to be the most moisture-prone rooms in our houses. Lower the humidity levels with one of the best dehumidifiers – setting your machine on a timer so that the overall humidity is controlled is one excellent way to prevent mosquitoes from breeding indoors.
Additionally, a fan will keep the air moving and keep your home cool, and in turn, make your kitchen must less inviting to these pests; they are weak flyers and they seek out warmth.
Another way that fans keep mosquitoes away from us is by circulating the air and making it harder for them to detect the carbon dioxide we breathe. So investing in the best fan for your kitchen is a wise move.
4. Prevent them from entering
Often, mosquitoes will enter through open doors and windows, following us inside as we come through the door. So try to keep them closed where possible, or use mosquito screens, available at Amazon to allow a breeze without the dilemma of inviting in these evening bugs. Experts also advise filling in any cracks around doors and windows where mosquitoes may be entering.
5. A bowl of soapy water
Despite everything we have just said about standing water, place a bowl of water and dish soap (enough to create plenty of bubbles) on your kitchen counter as a quick and easy way to fend them off. Pest expert Trent Copperfield agrees that this is an effective method, and will suffocate and kill mosquitoes on contact.
6. Mosquito-repellent plants
For a more natural option, use mosquito-repellent plants on windowsills and dining tables. Think lemongrass and marigolds, or citronella, which can also keep wasps away.
7. Burn essential oils
An oil burner creates a lovely fragrance as well as deterring mosquitoes, if you have the right scents. As we mentioned above, mosquitoes do not like citrus, so lemon is a good choice. Other essential oils to try are citronella, eucalyptus, or lavender (which can also help to get rid of mice).
What is the quickest way to get rid of mosquitoes?
'If you want to take a more aggressive approach, you can use alcohol, like beer or rubbing alcohol, to eliminate mosquitoes,' says pest control expert Trent Copperfield. You can either place a small glass of beer on the counter as a deterrent or pour rubbing alcohol into a spray bottle and spray a mist as a quick way to kill mosquitoes.
'This method has an offensive odor on mosquitoes, which causes them to flee from it immediately, making it one of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes in the kitchen.'
Is it safe to use mosquito repellent in the kitchen?
'Since the kitchen is the main part of the home where food and drink are stored, I would not recommend using a chemical-based mosquito or insect repellent in this area,' comments Emma Grace Crumbley. 'There is some risk of contaminating food and drink with these chemicals, especially when applying aerosol repellents and bug sprays.'
A reminder of the food chain may also come in handy: spiders are natural predators of mosquitoes, so depending on their size and how you feel about spiders, try to leave them and their webs alone.
Millie Hurst is Section Editor at Homes & Gardens, overseeing the Solved section, which provides readers with practical advice for their homes. She has been in the world of digital journalism for six years, having previously worked as Senior SEO Editor at News UK both in London and New York. She joined the Future team two years ago, working across a range of homes brands. Millie formerly worked as Senior Content Editor at Ideal Home, taking care of evergreen articles that help and inspire people to make the most of their homes and outdoor spaces. Millie has a degree in French and Italian and lives in North London.
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