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.
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.
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.
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.
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.