If you're like many of us, right this very moment you're dealing with a mosquito problem. And when it comes to mosquitoes, it's usually a big problem. Nothing subtle about those insects.
First, check to make sure you don't have any standing water — that's where mosquitoes like to live and breed. Clear out your gutters, change water in your birdbath or blow-up pool, empty potted plant trays, put away toys, and make sure your fountain or in ground/above ground pool has proper circulation. You might be surprised to find places where you have standing water somewhere on your balcony, patio, or backyard. (Even just a puddle needs to go! Refill it with dirt.)
Then, find an EPA-approved insect repellent that's effective and, more importantly, safe to use. Keep it within reach, both indoors and out. The EPA has a helpful search tool that'll help you choose an appropriate repellent product.
For a natural solution, consider planting herbs (like these shade-loving plants) around your outdoor area. Thai lemongrass works really well since lemongrass contains citronella oil, so, plan on placing a few of these perennials around your outdoor space to keep those annoying insects at bay. Other herbs to include are lavender, basil, lemon balm, and peppermint.
And then, in order to cover all your bases, try any of these alternative ideas to deter those unwanted guests.
Keep this in your kitchen to combat fruit flies as well.
Mosquitoes don't like to fly around (or "locate potential hosts") when wind speeds are greater than 10 MPH. Place some fans strategically around areas you like to congregate. Yes, even outside.
Essential oils such as lemon eucalyptus, grapefruit, and cedarwood keep bugs at bay. So, we've added them to a charming candle that also gives off a gorgeous glow.
Stick a few of these in some planters or in the ground around your seating area. The sticks give off a pleasant scent to humans, but not to mosquitoes.
Plant-based ingredients means that this compact candle burns clean.
Let these hang down and do their work.
Before you head outside, spray this on.
For outdoor use only, this device gives off a scent-free repellent. So then nothing will compete with that delicious barbecue smell.