Outdoor Living

Make Mosquitoes Buzz Off!

Home Hardware
  • July 31, 2015

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There are so many great things to look forward to each summer, but mosquitoes are definitely not one of them!  If you’re looking for ways to help reduce the amount of mosquito bites you suffer, we’ve got you covered with the top 10 best ways to stay bug free all summer long.

Lemon Scented PlantsA citrusy scent is normally considered enjoyable, unless you’re a mosquito. Mosquitoes hate the scent of lemon and will steer clear of areas with a strong lemon scent. When planning your garden consider working a few of these plants in.

Mosquito LampMosquito Lamps/Lanterns are a great dual purpose product that help deter mosquitoes as well as provide you with ambient patio lighting. They are great to use not only at home, but also when camping or at the cottage or trailer.

CatnipBelieve it or not, mosquitoes hate catnip. Just make sure to plant catnip in a hanging pot out of reach of neighbourhood cats – otherwise you’re just replacing your mosquito problem with a cat problem.

Green Strike Mosquito TrapThis trap actually recreates the environment of a pond in your backyard. Mosquitoes fly into the water reservoirs to lay their eggs and then every 3 days the water goes through a filter wiping out eggs before they have a chance to mature. One mosquito can produce 30,000 eggs so this trap can reduce your mosquito population by up to 70%.

AgeratumNot only is Ageratum Artist Purple a long blooming and beautiful flower for your garden, it also helps repel mosquitoes. This plant secrets coumarin which is a natural mosquito repellent. Tip: crushing the leaves will strengthen its odour, however it is not advised putting it directly on your skin.

Mosquito CoilsThese coils are a great solution for an impromptu evening on the patio.  Each coil burns for 5 hours and gives off a pleasant citronella scent. If you don’t like the idea having the coil burning while sitting on your patio table, there are coil holders available that enclose the coil while still letting it burn.

Bat BoxThis one isn’t for everyone, but if you’re okay with having bats around, they are a valuable ally in fighting backyard pests such as mosquitoes. A single little brown bat can eat between 600 and 1200 mosquitoes an hour!

Clip-On Mosquito RepellentsClip-on Repellents are ideal for camping trips! They offer head-to-toe protection for up to 11 hours with no spray, grease, or odour. Because it clips right onto you, it’s a simple solution to use when exploring the outdoors.
GoldfishFirst off, kudos to you for conserving water and using a rain barrel! As we all know, sitting water is paradise to a mosquito, help protect your rain barrel from becoming their breeding grounds but adding a goldfish. These goldfish will snack on the mosquitoes as they try to lay their eggs in the water – just be sure not to let your rain barrel run dry!

Mosquito NetsDepending on how dense the mosquito population is in your area, you may need use a mosquito net in order to make sure you’re protected.  These nets come in different sizes for different uses such as a head net, a stroller net, or even a net for your whole bed.

Have you found any unique ways to make mosquitoes buzz off?  Let us know in the comment section below.

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