Let’s be honest with ourselves. The absolute worst part about the weather heating up is the dreaded mosquitoes returning from whatever hellish domain they inhabit during the winter. Unfortunately for many, there is no way to step outside and enjoy the sunlight without being bitten, developing itchy bumps, and potentially being exposed to transmittable diseases.
Although numerous companies manufacture pesticides and repellents, they’re not all effective. Many of them also include toxic ingredients that can affect the health of humans and animals. If you just want to enjoy an evening out on the patio, what are you supposed to do?
Surprisingly, there are a couple of outdoor repellents that combine natural and synthetic ingredients to create a powerful shield from mosquitoes. We have found the best option for you if you would like to spend some time outside on the porch without dousing yourself in chemicals.
Why You Should Repel Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are perhaps humanity’s greatest enemy, managing to kill more people each year than humans themselves. This is because many of these insects are vectors of deadly diseases like malaria, yellow fever, dengue, and West Nile virus. You might also be familiar with the Zika virus that caused worldwide fear and panic several years ago.
Besides being dangerous, mosquitoes are also irritating. They travel in swarms and the female members of the species are the frequent biters who steal blood and use it as fuel to reproduce. Many people are allergic to their bites and develop itchy and painful bumps and rashes as a result.
These are all good practical reasons to eliminate mosquitoes. They are also simply annoying, making it difficult to do anything outdoors without hearing their buzzing and feeling the sting of their proboscis. This is why they should be repelled when possible.
What Attracts Mosquitoes?
There are actually hundreds of different mosquito types, but they are surprisingly attracted to the same things. These include stagnant water, hot climates, and animals. One of the best ways to stop mosquitoes from appearing in the first place is by eliminating areas where they can breed, which is primarily those stagnant pools of water.
If you have a fountain that isn’t in use, a birdbath, or even just a small body of water near you, it would be a good idea to treat them with a pesticide that kills mosquito larvae. You could also drain them when they are not in use to stop breeding. You may check the video above to know the types of people that attract mosquitoes.
Another way to stop mosquitoes from using them as breeding pools is to keep the water in constant motion. This means turning on a fountain regularly and changing out the water in birdbaths and pools so larvae don’t have a chance of survival. If this sounds like too much work, you can always refer back to pesticides and not having water features in a garden.
Unfortunately, if you live in a naturally muggy area, there is little you can do to reduce the attractiveness of your yard and body to mosquitoes besides using repellents. Again, clear out any standing water and try to avoid going out in the evening, which is when mosquitoes are the hungriest and most active.
The Best Mosquito Repellent for the Patio
There are numerous ways to repel mosquitoes, but the best way to keep them off of patios is by using natural repellent candles. These candles combine rosemary, peppermint, and citronella to keep the bloodsuckers away and can be placed anywhere outdoors.
Citronella is an effective ingredient in pesticides and repellents because it tastes awful to mosquitoes and also makes it difficult for them to sense nearby animals that have blood they can feast on. Most candles last for up to 30 hours and can be stored outside in metal tins. Part of why these are the best is because they can be moved around as needed and don’t use any unpleasant chemicals that can leave residue on the patio.
If you want to kill mosquitoes in addition to repelling them, it’s recommended that you use a traditional bug zapper or lantern. Again, a lantern doesn’t produce potentially toxic chemical residue and instead relies on using the mosquitoes’ senses against them. Lanterns emit ultraviolet light that is attractive to mosquitoes, and some also release alluring scents.
With a lantern, the mosquitoes will fly right into an electrified grill or wall around the lantern, where they will be zapped and killed instantly. The combination of repellent candles with a bug zapper is one of the most potent ways to enjoy an evening outdoors in tranquility. They also require little work and are quite inexpensive, making them a favorite amongst individuals.
The Best Chemical Repellent
If you don’t have any qualms about using pesticides against mosquitoes, then there are hundreds of options available. The most powerful ingredient is DEET, a compound that has been the gold standard against mosquitoes since 1957.
DEET can be used by individuals over three months of age and should not be swallowed, but works great as a repellent applied to the skin or sprayed into the air around the patio. The only exception is that anything that is over 50% DEET should not be used on the skin because it is too much of the chemical at once.
If you’re just going to be hanging out on the porch or patio, the best mosquito repellent will be one that has a concentration of around 10%. This concentration lasts for around 180 minutes or about 3 hours. This is long enough for any backyard party or barbecue!
Apart from mouse problems, mosquitoes are another trouble at home. When dealing with mosquitoes, it’s best to take as many precautions as possible to avoid being bitten. Many of the diseases they carry have no cure, and some also don’t have any vaccines to prevent their spread.
Besides using a repellent on your porch, remember to carry one for your skin and clothes with you when traveling. If possible, do some research before you leave home so you know the mosquitoes’ habitat and how to avoid them.
Don’t let the fear of these bloodsucking menaces get you down. Fight back with a strong repellent and enjoy your time outdoors!