As enjoyable as spending time outdoors can be when the weather’s warm, summer is also mosquito season. Here are some best ways to repel mosquitos from your property this summer.

Ways to Repel Mosquitos: Get Rid of Standing Water

Mosquitos breed and lay their eggs in standing water. Even the smallest puddle in your yard can become home to thousands of mosquito eggs. Places where standing water accumulates, include gutters, birdbaths, kiddie pools, and flower planters. Repel mosquitos by checking these areas regularly and keeping them clean.

Keep Screens Closed at All Times

If you have a screened-in porch or deck on your property, keep the doors closed and repair any holes as soon as possible. It’s also a good idea to add screens to the windows in your home to keep mosquitos from entering your house. In addition, you can set up mosquito netting around any outdoor area. Netting is available as a large tent, or you can easily add it to an existing gazebo or patio. It’s quick and easy to install and can be taken down and stored in the winter.

Plant Mosquito-Repelling Flowers and Herbs

There are specific plants that naturally repel mosquitos with their scents. They include marigold, geraniums, bee balm, peppermint, and lemon balm. These plants are easy to care for, and several produce eye-catching flowers.

Ways to Repel Mosquitos: Light Citronella Candles

Citronella is an essential oil derived from lemongrass, and most animals and insects dislike citrus scents. Citronella candles or incense sticks can effectively repel mosquitos and other bugs in the immediate area. The distinctive odor fills the air, keeping mosquitos away.

Use Bug Spray To Repel Mosquitos

Bug sprays are an easy and convenient way to keep away mosquitos. DEET is one of the most popular ingredients in bug repellant, but it can feel unpleasantly oily and damage synthetic fabrics. If you want to avoid DEET, try a formula with picaridin instead. A 20% concentration of picaridin is just as effective at repelling mosquitos.

Try a Portable Mosquito Repeller

Suppose you plan on sitting outside for hours or going on a camping trip. In that case, you can carry a portable mosquito repeller, a small device containing a synthetic repellent that provides a 15ft mosquito-free zone. They’re inexpensive, and each cartridge works for 12 hours before it needs to be replaced. These products are ideal for anyone who spends much time outdoors daily.

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