6 Tricks to Ward Off Mosquitoes

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Plan a party without mosquitos

If you think you’re the only one planning a feast this barbecue season, think again. When warm weather hits, hungry mosquitoes swarm.

These tiny pests can be annoying, itchy, and worst of all, dangerous. Whether the threat is Zika or West Nile, no one wants mosquitoes crashing their party. Avoid getting bitten with these six tricks.

6 Tricks to Ward off Mosquitoes

 

Water in a bucket
1. Eliminate standing water

Keep mosquitoes from coming to your yard in the first place by eliminating their ability to lay eggs. Rid your yard of any standing water from objects such as trash cans, buckets, discarded tires, wheelbarrows and toys. Use mosquito larvicide in ponds and keep water flowing with a pond bubbler or fountain. Remove water from plant saucers using a turkey baster.

 

Create a barrier around your yard

2. Create a barrier

Before an event or busy weekend outdoors, protect the yard by spraying a repellant on the grass around the perimeter of your home. Spray on a calm day when rain is not expected. Look for products with long-lasting effectiveness.

 

Plants that repel mosquitos

3. Grow repellant plants

Strong-scented plants such as lemon balm, catnip, basil, lavender, peppermint, sage and rosemary can repel mosquitoes. Plant near patios and walkways to keep these pests at bay.

For additional protection, crush herb leaves and rub the leaves and oils onto your skin. Learn about natural mosquito control in containers.

 

Citronella candles

4. Citronella

Citronella oil is commonly used to repel flying pests such as mosquitoes. Place scented candles or torches outdoors around places where people congregate. Be cautious not to have the flame where children play or in busy areas.

Wear scented wristbands when camping or pass them out at outdoor summer parties.

 

Fan

5. Blow them away

Even the slightest breeze will deter mosquitoes. Set multiple fans around your patio and turn them on low. Aim them downward since mosquitoes tend to fly close to the ground.

 

Bats eat mosquitos

6. Put up a bat house

A single bat can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes each night. Attracting bats to your yard can reduce the number of mosquitoes and reduce your chances of being bitten.

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