10 Ways to Ward Off Mosquitoes

Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso

Warmer weather is cause for outdoor entertaining, but be prepared for unwanted visitors. Bloodthirsty mosquitoes show up wherever there’s warmth and moisture; fortunately there are measures you can take to stop these pests from sucking the fun out of everything. Warding off mosquitoes will allow you enjoy being outside but these precautions aren’t solely to lessen the nuisance – these disease-carrying bugs can be a legitimate threat to our loved ones. Efforts to prevent mosquitoes from showing up to the party add the bonus of deterring other pesky insects at the same time, and these tips should do the trick.

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Avoid Still Water

Stagnant or still water is a breeding ground for this pesky insect, so it’s best to minimize these kinds of environments as much as possible; this includes water in buckets, gutters, kiddie pools, bird baths, and any other containers. Circulating water, such as that in a fountain, should be fine.

Mosquito-Repelling Plants

Use nature to boost your exterior’s defense. Certain plants have mosquito-repelling qualities, such as: marigolds, lavender, artmisia, and nepeta. Try adding some of these to your garden in addition to cutting down high grass, brush, and tree limbs and ridding all foliage debris.

ThermaCELL Repeller

An electric tabletop repeller will help decrease unwanted visitors. The ThermaCELL Patio Shield Mosquito Repeller creates a 15-foot zone of protection when in use. Fragrance-, flame-, and DEET-free, this stylish device will keep away mosquitoes for hours.

ThermaCELL Patio Shield Repeller, Target, $21.99


These bloodsuckers will have a harder time invading your space with constant air circulation. Keep the air moving with a ceiling fan. Not only will the movement deter bugs, but it’ll carry away the CO2 produced by humans, making it harder for them to find what they’re looking for.

Kensgrove Indoor/Outdoor Ceiling Fan with Remote Control, The Home Depot, $239

Citronella Candle

Enjoy the outdoors without interruption by lighting up citronella candles. These soy candles are infused with oils from the citronella plant, which is known to fend off buggy predators.

YCYH Citronella Scented Candle, Amazon, $15.99


Shield your gazebo or pergola from insects with impenetrable netting panels.

Sunjoy 10 x 10 Mosquito Netting Panels, Amazon, $54

Mosquito Magnet

This mosquito-trapping gadget means business. It uses a mixture of attractants to lure ‘skeeters and other creepy crawlies within an entire acre!

Mosquito Magnet® Patriot Plus Mosquito Trap, $329.99

Incense Sticks

Repel mosquitoes with plant-based ingredients that’ll stay burning for up to three hours.

Mosquito Guard Incense Repellent Sticks, Amazon, $17.95

Electric Lantern

Control bugs within a half-acre radius using this electric and lethal lantern.

Flowtron BK-15D Electronic Insect Killer, Amazon, $39.84

Tiki Torches

Keep insects away while illuminating your exterior.

8-Pack Bamboo Tiki Torches, Amazon, $29.99


Dani Caruso
By Dani Caruso
Dani is House One’s assistant editor. As a Norwalk, CT native, Dani graduated from UConn with a BA in Digital Media and Design. This millennial longs for the days of All That, Tamagotchis, and Dunkaroos. When she’s not working, she’s hanging outdoors, playing with her dogs, or watching makeup tutorials on YouTube.

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