Keep Mosquitoes Away When You're Outdoors

As gardeners, we all know too well the frustration of trying to enjoy the great outdoors, only to be pestered by swarms of mosquitoes.

These pests don't just ruin the tranquil ambiance - their bites can also carry dangerous diseases. Fortunately, there are some effective strategies to keep mosquitoes away and reclaim your outdoor space.

The key to effective mosquito control is to take a multi-pronged approach. Mosquitoes are deterred by certain colors, smells and conditions, so employing a variety of  tactics can help ensure they leave you and your yard alone.

Let's start by exploring some of the best natural mosquito repellents. 

Plants and herbs

Growing natural mosquito-repelling plants like catnip, marigolds, and lemongrass around your yard, patio or outdoor space can help create a natural barrier against mosquitoes. You can also plant them in containers near the edges of your garden to keep pests away from your veggies. Crushing the leaves of these plants and rubbing them on your skin will also provide an extra layer of protection. 

Essential oils

Certain essential oils like lemongrass, peppermint or eucalyptus are effective at keeping mosquitoes at bay. You can rub a bit of the oil directly onto your skin, or place it in an oil diffuser in your outdoor space. Their strong scents will confuse and deter mosquitoes. Use premium quality and pure essential oils for best results.

Fans and lighting

Mosquitoes are weak flyers, so using fans in your outdoor space can make it harder for them to land. You can also try using strong lighting positioned away from your main outdoor area, as mosquitoes are drawn to bright lights at night.

Preventive clothing

To fend off mosquitoes and their bites, wear lightweight, loose and long-sleeved clothes in light colors. Tuck your shirts into your pants and try to not expose any skin. Also consider treating your clothes with natural repellents or insecticides. 

Hydrogen peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is an affordable mosquito repellent you can use when you run out of options. You can use it in your outdoor space or other areas where mosquitoes frequent, and on patio furniture with a spray bottle. This will help keep mosquitoes away for a period of time, and can kill any eggs they may have laid.

Water woes

Another key step is to eliminate any standing water in your garden or property, which mosquitoes need to breed. Regularly check for stagnant water in birdbaths, kiddie pools or areas where water may collect. Also consider adding mosquito-eating fish to ponds or water features to help naturally control mosquito populations.

Bonus: Mosquito misting systems  

Another reliable and low-maintenance solution is to install a mosquito misting system. These automated systems use fine-mist nozzles placed strategically around your yard or patio, dispersing repellent solutions at regular intervals.

The best mosquito misting systems use natural insecticides that are safe for people and pets, yet toxic and effective against mosquitoes. They can be used to cover large areas, so you can relax without the threat of bug bites.

Final thoughts

Be sure to use an effective mosquito repellent when spending time outdoors - whether in the form of a lotion, spray or wearable device. Look for repellents containing ingredients like picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus, which are proven to deter mosquitoes. 

By employing this multi-pronged approach that combines mosquito control systems and preventative measures, you can significantly reduce mosquito populations and enjoy the upcoming summer filled with comfortable, pest-free outdoor time.

Don't let these pesky insects ruin your fun - fight back with these proven tips!