Nothing takes the enjoyment out of an afternoon barbecue or a late-night bonfire like a mass of mosquitoes. However, with the right barriers and repellents, you can protect your family and friends from these pests, and make it through the entire summer without calamine lotion.
Did you know that you can protect yourself from mosquitoes with plants? It's true! With the right plants, you can create an effective barrier that will keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor oasis.
This hardy annual won't just bring a splash of bright color to your yard, but it will also provide you with superb mosquito protection. Marigolds are the perfect plant because they contain Pyrethrum, a compound that gives its flower heads a distinctive smell that mosquitoes can't stand. To create your own mosquito-free zone, plant some marigolds in containers and place them around your seating area.
This grass-like plant contains chemicals, as well as a wonderful scent, that mosquitoes abhor. However, lemon grass only produces the scent when its stalks are bruised or crushed. For personal protection from mosquitoes, smash a couple stalks in your hand and rub the residue on your skin.
This citrus-scented plant produces a volatile oil with a strong smell to mask nearby attractants. In fact, citronella is so effective at warding off mosquitoes that it remains a key ingredient in most natural mosquito repellents. Products like Citronella Candles and Bugables Citronella Wrist Bands are infused with a heavy dose of citronella oil to keep mosquitoes away from your yard for hours.
Lawn & Garden Pest Controls
Don't let mosquitoes make gardening uncomfortable and outdoor parties unbearable ever again! Before you have some fun in the sun, you can prevent mosquitoes from taking over your property with these proven pest controls.
Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control Spray Concentrate
Diminish mosquito populations for up to 8 weeks with Cutter® Backyard™ Bug Control Spray Concentrate. This fast-acting formula kills everything from ants to mosquitoes, so your outdoor fun is never ruined by pesky pests. You can protect your personal space in a matter of minutes by simply attaching the bottle sprayer to your hose. Then, lightly spray your lawn and/or garden to create a bite-free zone that will last up to 8 weeks.
Stinger® 5-in-1 Outdoor Mosquito Killing System
Using a combination of UV lights, LED lights, thermal lures and octenol lures, the Stinger® 5-in-1 Outdoor Mosquito Killing System attracts and kills a wide range of flying insects. As the mosquitoes are drawn to the trap by its flashing lights and scented smells, they are met with a zap, which kills them instantly. This contraption is so effective that it kills up to two times more mosquitoes than other insect traps.
Pre-Strike® Mosquito Torpedo
Minimize mosquitoes, as well as future pest problems, in your yard by dropping a Pre-Strike® Mosquito Torpedo in standing water. Since swimming pools, ponds and birdbaths are the perfect places for mosquitoes to lay their eggs, you can eliminate their larvae by contaminating the water. Once a mosquito torpedo pellet dissolves in the water, it will release an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) into the water, causing the mosquito larvae to slowly die. Each mosquito torpedo tablet lasts 60 days, and it doesn't harm humans, animals or vegetation.