My Favorite Way to Keep Mosquitoes at Bay
There are some things you can count on each summer that bring a smile to your face: short sleeves, bbq’s, great sunsets, flowers, fresh tomatoes. And then there are the ones that make you long for the days of polar vortexes and parkas. I’m talking about mosquitoes — those tiny boogers that hold the power to drive folks into near madness once they decide to park and hang out in your backyard for the day.
How to get rid of mosquitoes has become an extra popular topic in all things home and garden over the last few years with an new and extra big emphasis on getting away from toxic sprays and repellants and instead encouraging folks to use more natural remedies — like planting lavender or citronella geranium on your deck or patio. The big question I get from most clients is, “Do these plants actually help?” and for the most part the honest answer is, “Nope.” Here’s the kicker, most of those plants with the magical mosquito-repelling qualities need to be activated to work (translation: crushed up and rubbed on to your skin). As it turns out, most people aren’t up for that.
The secret quick and easy way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor dinner party has nothing to do with lemony sprays and neon blue zappers, or lavender plants, but has everything to do with one thing: moving air. I’m talking about a fan, or even better, multiple fans. Is it kind of ugly? Yes. Is it effective? Yes! Mosquitoes can’t hang out and hover in even the slightest of breezes, so we’ve found that setting our clients up with a strategically placed fan or two can make all the difference in their ability to spend time cooking, reading, eating, and entertaining outdoors even on the hottest, stillest summer evenings. Bonus points to the fan for also creating a slightly cooler environment. Get out there an enjoy!
*Note: The fan method is really only effective if your place of concern is a smallish area of your outdoor space, such as a patio, terrace, rooftop, or deck. So, for example, if you’re hosting a kickball game on your .5 acre lawn, this isn’t going to work for you — go get that bug spray.