According to the American Mosquito Control Organization, there are about 2,700 species of mosquitoes, 176 of them in the United States alone. Odds are, one of these bugs might be flying around your car on any warm summer day. Mosquitoes in your car are not only a nuisance, they can be downright deadly. Aside from distracting the driver enough to cause an accident, mosquitoes can bring allergic reactions and carry serious diseases, such as viral encephalitis and West Nile virus. Protect yourself from mosquito bites by killing the bug while keeping your eyes on the road.
Things You'll Need
- Citronella scented car air freshener
Squish the mosquito against the car window, suggests PestControlRx.com. Make sure you've pulled over and stopped the car first.
Open a window, giving the mosquito an instant escape. The force of the moving air will cause a vacuum effect, sucking the mosquito out of the car and killing it in the process. Use your hand to help it along if needed.
Grab a newspaper or any flat, malleable object and swat the mosquito against the dashboard. If you have a flyswatter, use that to smash the mosquito.
Load your car with citronella scented air freshener and leave the windows open. The mosquito won't be killed by the scent, but will be repelled by it.
Tips & Warnings
- DEET has been used effectively to prevent mosquito bites in children, adults and infants over 2 months old for over 40 years. While it may not kill mosquitoes, it's very effective in keeping them away and preventing mosquito-borne diseases.
- Avoid having any stagnant water in your car. Mosquitoes are drawn to it.
- Using an insect killer inside your car will kill a mosquito, but can also be toxic to you.
- Portable electronic devices that claim to kill mosquitoes using high-frequency ultrasonic sound have repeatedly been shown not to work, according to the University of Kentucky's Entomology department.
- Pest Control RX: 5 Ways that Will Kill Mosquitoes in Your Car
- University of Kentucky Entomology Department: Mosquitoes, Practical Advice for Homeowners: M. F. Potter, Lee Townsend and F. W. Knapp; July 2003
- Web MD; Are You a Mosquito Magnet; Elizabeth Heubeck
- The American Mosquito Control: Fun Facts
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