Nobody likes mosquitos. Not only are they carriers of disease, but they’re little bloodsucking pests that leave behind itchy bumps that drive you nuts. But what’s the best mosquito killer, and how do you get rid of these irritating, flying menaces?
Let’s discuss all the many options of environmental mosquito killers today. We’ll talk about different types, how to use them, and how to make them the most effective. I’ll go over preparing your yard in advance, too.
Getting rid of these bitey bugs is possible. Let’s start!
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|Zaps BugsFlowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect KillerZaps Bugs||Check Amazon Price|
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|High-Power TrapMegaCatch ULTRA Mosquito TrapHigh-Power Trap||Check Amazon Price|
|Repels MosquitosNeem Bliss 100% Cold Pressed Neem OilRepels Mosquitos||Check Amazon Price|
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9 Best Mosquito Killer Reviews
1. Summit 20-Pack Mosquito Dunk
- Kills mosquitoes before they're old enough to bite
- The only product with bti, bacteria toxic only to...
- Lasts for 30 days and treats 100 square feet of...
Type: Larvicide For Standing Water
These are my first option to pick up once I’ve mosquito-proofed the yard to the best of my ability. For any areas of standing water, these dunks are essential! The dunk releases a natural bacteria that kills off larvae and prevents mosquitos from breeding. If there’s any standing water in the yard, a dunk (or a broken piece of one) goes into it right away. Looking for a pet safe mosquito killer? This is it!
I can’t even express just how beneficial these have been for reducing my mosquito population. So before you invest in another more expensive option, start with some of these dunks. You’ll be glad you did.
2. Summit Responsible Solutions Mosquito Bits
- Quick acting formula
- EPA registered in all 50 states
- Available in a 30oz size
Type: Larvicide For Grass Or Garden Beds
If you have a space which doesn’t get lots of standing water normally, but where water can back up, this is your best larvicidal option. This granular version of the mosquito dunk can be spread across lawns and through garden beds to help control any larvae which might occur in those oddball areas where a whole or broken dunk just won’t work.
Like the full-sized dunk, these granules are full of a bacteria that kills mosquito larvae quickly. They are pet-safe mosquito killers, and safe around humans too!
3. Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer
- Advanced electronic insect control; non clogging...
- Recommended not to be used within 25-feet of area...
- Instantaneous operation, continuous and...
Type: Bug Zapper, 1/2 Acre Coverage
If you’d like to hear the telltale ZZZZZZAP! of mosquitoes dying in your yard, pick up the Flowtron bug zapper. While there’s a number of different devices designed for different coverage requirements, this half-acre option is good for most suburban homes. Place the Flowtron at least 25 feet from your patio and let it do its job. The biting bugs will die by the droves, leaving you happily bite-free.
4. Dynatrap Half Acre Mosquito Trap
- What We Catch – Attracts and traps mosquitoes,...
- 3-Way Protection – The UV light and TiO2 coating...
- Powerful Protection – The trap effectively...
Type: Small Mosquito Trap
Using a mix of UV light, small amounts of CO2 generated by the device, and a fan that sucks pests inside, this trap will readily catch mosquitos and other insects within. It doesn’t kill the bugs it catches, but they will die of starvation inside the catch container.
While this style of trap is more effective when paired with a more powerful lure (either a pheromone lure or a stronger CO2 generator), for a small mosquito trap, this is one of the best mosquito trap options available. The mesh is fine enough that it can also easily catch fruit flies or other smaller flying pests along with the mosquitoes. Nothing will get back out until you open the containment unit to empty it.
5. Katchy Indoor Trap
- Not effective on house flies. Is effective in...
- Triple trapping power: a UV light, powerful fan,...
- Use the fruit fly trap for indoors close to...
Type: Indoor Mosquito Trap
It’s silent, it glows, it’s unscented, and it works. But be forewarned, this doesn’t just work on mosquitos.
Designed to catch everything from fruit flies and house flies to mosquitos, this trap emits a warm UV light. Bugs flock to it, and once they get close, a powerful vacuum sucks them in.
This unobtrusive system works to wipe mosquitos out of your indoor spaces. It provides 24-hour protection from these irritating pests.
Not only that, but it can also handle a number of other pest insects. No-see-ums, fruit flies, and gnats are equally likely to get sucked up by the trap. And, after everything’s dead in the catchment basket, you can simply dump the insects into the trash. No muss, no fuss.
Put one of these in your worst-impacted room and you shouldn’t have issues with flying insects. Just be aware, if you smell good to the mosquito, you may still get bitten before it encounters the Katchy!
6. MegaCatch ULTRA Mosquito Trap
MegaCatch ULTRA Mosquito Trap
- PATENTED TECHNOLOGY: Our revolutionary design...
- CO2: Mega-Catch Ultra Mosquito and Bug Trap...
- ULTRA MOSQUITO TRAP: Top of the line Mega-Catch...
Type: High-End Corded Mosquito Trap
Why would you ever want to spend a ton of money on a mosquito trap, you ask?
Well, the MegaCatch ULTRA will catch a ton of mosquitos. Rated more highly than many of its counterparts on the market, this corded mosquito trap has various attractant modules available, generates a good quantity of CO2, and in fact does a whole lot more to catch mosquitos than all of the traps we’ve discussed so far.
… but yes, it is expensive. In fact, it does have an ongoing cost associated with it, as you will need to purchase refills of modules for it.
However, it really, REALLY catches mosquitos. It is one of the best mosquito killer machines out there, quite frankly. This is one of those situations where you get what you pay for. So if you’re in an environment where mosquitos are constantly there, and you want a solution to get rid of them, the MegaCatch ULTRA mosquito trap is your best option.
7. Neem Bliss 100% Cold Pressed Neem Oil
- 🌱【The PUREST Neem Oil on the Market!】-...
- 🌻【Easy to Use for Many Applications!】- To...
- 🌷【Highly Concentrated and Soluble!】- All...
Type: Mosquito Spray
I consistently and regularly advise that people use neem oil on their gardens, and with good reason: this stuff works.
This 100% neem oil is a high-quality concentrated form. When paired with a hose sprayer, you can use it to coat your outdoor plants. The neem will not only repel mosquitoes but a whole host of other insects and plant diseases. It’s worth your time and effort to apply this stuff in your yard.
8. TIKI Brand BiteFighter Torch Fuel
- Mosquito repellent torch fuel: keep away uninvited...
- Versatile and long lasting: this torch features a...
- Personal Paradise: We can help you create an...
Type: Candle/Torch-Type Mosquito Repellent
TIKI’s fuel requires some form of torch to use it, whether Tiki-branded or other. However, it really works, and has been a mainstay of mosquito repellent options for years. The BiteFighter solution is a blend of citronella and cedar oils which keep flying insects at bay.
Whether you’re using a homemade torch (mason-jar type or something similar) or a commercial one, this is a great option for an evening of relaxation in the yard. Simply light the torches surrounding your area and you have an instant defense against all manner of bugs who want to feast on you.
9. Murphy’s Mosquito Repellent Sticks
- 2.5 Hours of Mosquito Protection: Enjoy Life...
- Harness the Power of Nature: We use a combination...
- Five Key Plant-Based Repellent Oils: Rosemary Oil,...
Type: Other Mosquito Repellent
Uncommon in the United States, mosquito repellent sticks are quite popular in foreign countries where mosquitos are a constant issue. They’re gradually making their way here. When lit like a normal incense stick, these citronella-lemongrass sticks will keep mosquitoes and other insects at bay for 40-60 minutes of time.
These aren’t as effective outdoors, but where they really come in handy is when used as a form of door guard in conjunction with a screen door or mesh mosquito screen. Simply light one of these just inside the door to your house when you’ll be going in and out, and the mosquitoes will stay outside where they belong.
Why Do You Need A Mosquito Killer?
If you don’t want the mosquitos around, this should really be self-explanatory.
But realistically, mosquito killers will reduce the population of mosquitos in your surroundings significantly. This is important for those of us who spend a lot of time outdoors, especially in the garden. After all, the last thing you want is to get eaten alive while you’re finishing off work at dusk.
In some parts of the world, a mosquito killer is a necessary addition to our yard. Especially in areas that have lots of rivers or streams, mosquitos rapidly increase their population throughout the year. While they’re most prevalent at low-light times (dawn and dusk), they’re also around throughout the night. And if you ever want to set foot in your yard again, you’ll need some form of control measures.
Is Mosquito Repellent Enough?
The simplest answer is yes and no.
For most people, simply wearing mosquito repellent is plenty. This keeps the bugs from biting them. But what if you have pets or livestock? What about small kids who’re running back and forth from the house to a wading pool where they’re constantly washing that repellent off?
Most spray repellents aren’t going to help your dog Spot, nor are they likely to protect the neighbor kids. You can use some repellents that work in a small area, but their long term efficiency isn’t going to be as good as something that outright kills the pests. A repellent can buy you some time, though, and may be a lifesaver for short-term uses like parties.
Take These Steps Before Buying A Mosquito Killer
Before investing in any sort of mosquito killer, you need to do everything you can to make sure your yard is not a good mosquito environment. After all, if you have the perfect home for biting pests, they’re going to keep coming back!
Eliminate Standing Water
Mosquitos thrive in locations that have lots of stagnant water. Unfortunately, most gardeners have lots of locations like that, and they don’t even realize it. Every bucket, plant tray, or unused plant pot is a potential water-catching location during the rainy season, and it takes very little water for mosquitos to breed in.
Your first defense against mosquitos is to eliminate breeding locations. Turn over any unused pots or plant trays. Dump out the contents of buckets and store those upside-down as well. If you use buckets to collect plant debris in, empty out the debris and keep the bucket stored upside-down when not in use.
People with pets or livestock need to take action, too. Dog bowls and bird baths can become breeding locations if they’re not regularly emptied. So can watering troughs for horses or other large livestock.
If you have locations that you can’t easily empty, such as drainage canals, swales for rain runoff, watering locations for pets or livestock, or even things like fountains, it’s essential to use some form of larvicidal agent to treat the water. This will stop breeding in those locations. There are many animal-safe larvicides that will only act on mosquitos, not larger animals or birds, so I highly recommend using those.
Do Mosquito Maintenance On The Garden
Clean up leaf litter and debris in your yard. While you might not consider this to be a potential mosquito site, leaf litter or plant debris can hold quite a bit of water in it, and yes, mosquitos can breed and hide in it. If you are composting, turn your pile regularly between rains to reduce the amount of excess water buildup in the plant matter. Better yet, consider using something like a tumbling composter to allow for drainage and easy turning of the compost.
Be sure that any tarps you may have in the yard aren’t holding water. The same applies to BBQ covers or other fabrics (patio umbrellas, awnings, etc). Dump out any pooling water that might be there.
Finally, do you have any tall grass in your yard or extremely dense-growing plants? During mosquito season, these little biting pests will take refuge during the daytime in shaded, damp locations like these. Remove stands of tall grass, keep the lawn mowed, and keep bushes and plants trimmed to prevent mosquitos from having a daytime hiding place.
Types Of Mosquito Killers
But what is the best mosquito killer out there? That’s hard to define because it depends on how you intend on using it. Let’s go over some of the options on the market and see which one is right for you.
These should be part of your first line of defense. If you have any standing water that you cannot empty, using a mosquito dunk or some mosquito bits will help reduce your population. These dissolve in standing water, leaving a superfine coating across the water’s surface that will poison mosquitos that arrive to lay eggs. It will also smother the eggs themselves, keeping larvae from forming, and it’ll kill any existing larvae.
The majority of mosquito larvicides available on the market are safe for use around birds, cats, dogs, and other wildlife. They’re also safe for use in livestock watering troughs. However, before buying, it’s important to check the label to be absolutely certain that they’re safe for what you intend to do.
Most of my favorite larvicides are made of bacillus thurigiensis var. Israelensis, aka BTI. This bacteria will easily eliminate mosquitos, black flies, and fungus gnats, but it’s harmless to wildlife or people. Other forms of BT work extremely well on caterpillars or other pests, but not on mosquitos. This bacillus is usually spread via granulated forms or in the form of caked “dunks”.
We all rely on the bug zapper for eliminating flies and other flying insects around our patios. But did you know that bug zappers can be effective on mosquitos, too?
While mosquitos are most commonly drawn to scents, like the CO2 that we exhale or the aroma of sweat on skin, they can also be lured by ultraviolet light. Bug zappers can be a good measure of defense. They won’t capture all mosquitos, but they’ll certainly eliminate those which are drawn close enough. One good ZZZZT! and that mosquito is no longer around to annoy us.
There’s a wide variety of bug zappers out there, and some are more effective on mosquitos than others. Check out my buyer’s guide on the best bug zappers to read more about different options!
As I mentioned above, mosquitos are usually drawn to particular scents or pheromones. You might notice that some people don’t seem bothered at all by these biting irritants, but others are like a magnet. That all has to do with the chemical makeup of our skin, how we sweat, what’s in that sweat, and how much CO2 we exhale.
Mosquito lures are devices that are designed with a lure or bait inside to entice mosquitos closer. Once they find the lure, these devices will catch the mosquitos within. Some have a bug zapper inside. Others simply trap the mosquitos and they die of starvation in the containment unit.
This type of device may or may not require power from a cord or a battery. It depends on whether they have a fan to pull nearby mosquitos inside, as well as if they have a zapper. Some simply entice the pests into something they can’t escape from. They usually have replaceable lure cartridges using odd chemicals like octenol, or CO2 emitters that work in a similar way.
Incredibly effective against most types of mosquito, these are definitely worthwhile, but it can take some time to find the right lure type for the mosquitos in your area.
There seems to be a spray for everything out there… but are these safe to use around pets, children, or yourself?
The short answer is that yes, some of them can be perfectly safe. I’m going to focus on these safer options instead of the riskier chemical mosquito sprays.
Neem oil, a derivative product from neem seeds, contains azadirachtin. This natural-forming chemical is quite useful in a wide host of garden uses, as it is a natural insecticide. And it works against mosquitos, too. It’s safe for almost all avians and mammals, does not pollute the water or harm fish, and can keep aphids, spider mites, and a whole host of other pests at bay. However, it does need to be reapplied after heavy rain.
Various blends of other plant oils are also widely used. Rosemary, mint, sesame, or thyme oils are usually blended together with a few other active ingredients. While these will break down within a few days, they’re a great short-term option.
Interesting enough, one of our favorite additions to food can be a powerful repellent to mosquitos. Using a garlic spray can make mosquitos turn and fly away, as they hate the scent. However, heavy applications of garlic spray also mean your yard will smell like garlic for a while. It isn’t the best choice to use this spray right before your big garden party!
Another option that can be used is pyrethrin or permethrin sprays. The active ingredient pyrethrin is derived from a couple of chrysanthemum species, and is used widely to knock down populations of mosquitos and other pest insects. This is great for most organic gardeners. Permethrin sprays are lab-created variants of pyrethrins. Both pyrethrins and permethrins can also cause damage to beneficial insects, especially honeybees and other pollinators. Use these sparingly!
Foggers are great for short-term mosquito defense. Averaging at least six hours of mosquito-free time per fogging, these devices create a mist that evenly coats the area. The mist kills off any mosquitos that are hiding within its range of coverage, and will keep mosquitos at bay for a few hours after drying.
If your goal is mostly to keep the mosquito madness away for short bursts of time, consider a repellent instead of a killer. These are usually limited in scope and range, meant for short-term use. They’re great while you’re cooking on the barbecue, for instance, or for a couple hours’ time spent on the patio.
Repellents won’t kill off the pests, though, and if you move out of range of the scent these produce, you’re subject to bites again. Other options provide a better long-term solution.
So there you have it – some of the best mosquito killer and mosquito repellent options for your yard and garden. While there’s still lots of other alternatives we haven’t talked about (including repellents that you carry on you, such as repellent sprays, lotions, and bracelets!), this list should give you a great starting spot for most environmental control options.