Mosquito bites received you down? Strive these bug prevention options to make your yard extra pleasing
The not so great side of the great outdoors is that we humans make delicious bites for mosquitoes. Not only are they pests, but they can also carry dangerous diseases, from the West Nile virus to eastern equine encephalitis. Here are seven solutions that you can use to keep the mistakes at bay this summer.
Flowtron mosquito killer with mosquito attractant
Here’s an eco-friendly way to get mosquitoes, black flies, and other pesky insects out of an acre area. The weatherproof pocket lamp combines ultraviolet light with a built-in slow-release octenol mosquito attractant cartridge that lures insects into a self-cleaning death grid. No special maintenance is required. For best results, replace the cartridge monthly and regularly clean the bottom of the device of dead insects.
$ 74.99; $ 10.77 for a 450-hour refill
Murphy’s Naturals mosquito repellent candle
Citronella, cedarwood, rosemary, and other oils fuse into a winning combination that attracts people but kills mosquitoes. It’s free from DEET, petroleum, and other harmful chemicals and burns cleanly, so it’s eco-friendly and family-friendly.
Defense against plant-based lemon eucalyptus insect repellent
If mosquitos find you, no matter how many devices you try, it’s likely time for a spray. This highly rated DEET-free option is non-greasy, plant-based (it’s made from lemon and eucalyptus), safe for kids ages 3+, and lasts up to six hours.
$ 4.97 for 4 ounces.
Skeeter Screen Mosquito Repellent Lawn Incense
Made in the United States from sawdust, lemongrass oil, and geraniol (made from geraniums), these mosquito-repellent incense sticks can be placed in a flower pot, flower bed, window box, or sand-filled bucket in the yard to create a beetle-free Approximately 200 square feet zone (for best results, place sticks 8 to 10 feet around the area you want to protect.) Each stick will burn for three to four hours. Once burned, they are biodegradable. Contains 15 sticks.
Summit … responsible solutions Mosquito Dunks
The active ingredient in this inexpensive bestseller is BTI, a bacterium that is only toxic to mosquito larvae. Place a disc in your bird bath, fountain, or any other spot in your yard where water will pool and encourage mosquito breeding. It lasts 30 days and kills larvae in 100 square feet of surface water. It’s also EPA approved and non-toxic to wildlife, pets, fish, and humans.
$ 7.44 for 6 pack
Thermacell Mr300 portable mosquito repellent device
The wand-like Thermacell MR300 is small and light enough not only for the garden, but also for the beach, picnic, fishing, camping, or just about anywhere. It gives you an invisible, 15-foot, flawless zone for 12 hours. There’s no open flame, no charging (i.e. no cables), no strong odor, and no spray required. It comes with a fuel cartridge and three insect repellent mats that together will produce 12 hours outdoors without mosquitos. If you turn it off after each use, you won’t have to change the fuel tank very often, but you will need to change the mats about every four hours – or whenever you notice mosquitos again. Available in black, olive green and yellow.
$ 19.97 – $ 22.61; $ 19.99 for refill of 12 mat / 4 fuel cartridges
Thermacell Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent – Gen 2.0
This portable device has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that powers an internal heater to activate the mosquito repellent contained in a cartridge. The repellent will start working within 15 minutes of pressing the button to activate the machine. Depending on the size of the cartridge you buy, you can keep pesky insects out for up to seven hours. It’s dirt-free, odor-free, and won a Grand Award in Popular Science when it was launched in 2018.
$ 49.99; $ 7.99 for a 7 hour refill / $ 19.99 for a 40 hour refill