Keep Mosquitoes From Spoiling Your Outdoor Fun...In Style!

Use these easy tips to keep the fun going outside all summer long

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Bridget Houlihan


Jan 21, 2021

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Summertime and the living’s easy is a popular saying when the warm weather hits. What better way to enjoy the outdoors than to host a party or a barbecue for all your friends, neighbors, and family? It’s a great way to catch up, enjoy some delicious food and drink, and spend time outdoors relaxing, swimming, or playing games. There’s one thing that can put a damper on all this summer fun, and that’s mosquitoes. These pesky insects seem to swarm around anybody trying to get a little fun in the sun. Their bites can be extremely itchy, not to mention that some carry some pretty serious diseases.

No one wants to see their outdoor fiesta ruined because of bugs, which is why we’ve come up with some fantastic outdoor mosquito solutions that are easy to incorporate into all your favorite summer activities. Not only are these some practical solutions to deal with your mosquito problem, but they are guaranteed to be stylish as well. Because who says you can’t keep away bugs in style?

lavender plant
Lavender is one of many plants that naturally keep mosquitoes away.

Power of Plants

Many people just think of pesticides or other chemicals when it comes to removing insects from in and around your home. But some of these powerful chemicals can be damaging to the environment, are probably not so great to be exposed to for long periods of time. There’s no need to use chemical sprays when you can just add some plants to your outdoor area that are natural outdoor mosquito repellents.


These lovely purple hued plant is a welcome addition to any homeowner’s outdoor garden, and once established will come up each year. It’s lovely scent just seems to fill the air, plus bees and butterflies love it. No need to worry about rabbits or deer destroying your lavender plants, as the essential oils in the plant keep them, as well as mosquitos away. Plant lavender anywhere there is full sun, and this hardy plant will take off. Not only do you get some beautiful flowers and a lovely scent, but you will also enjoy more mosquito-free outdoor gatherings.


These colorful annual plants are a wonderful way to incorporate a pop of color in your garden, and they are also a natural way to keep mosquitoes at bay. Their fragrant smell keeps those biting bugs out of your area in a delightfully natural way. Pick up some marigold plants each year and place them in pots all around your outdoor patio or deck where they can be sure to get full sun. Marigolds are also a popular plant to add around borders or as welcome additions to vegetable gardens.

Citronella grass

Everyone’s heard of citronella candles, but did you know you can easily purchase the plant that lends its oils to those candles? Citronella grass is a low maintenance plant that will keep mosquitoes miles away from all your backyard activities. Many gardeners swear by citronella, as well as other lemon scented plants such as lemon grass, as the best method to keep away mosquitoes. If you live in a warm climate you can plant this grass outside, but if you are in a colder one, it might do better in a pot instead.


Many people enjoy growing their own herbs for use in cooking, but some herbs are also natural mosquito repellents as well. Rosemary’s distinct aroma keeps mosquitoes and other annoying bugs away from your outdoor space. Place rosemary anywhere there is full sun and watch the mosquitoes disappear. Not only will the bugs be gone, but you’ll also have a continuous supply of rosemary for all your cooking needs.

outdoor patio set
There are many stylish ways to incorporate mosquito repellent into your outdoor area.

Mosquito Repellents

There are other outside mosquito solutions in addition to plants. No longer do you need to rely on a bug zapper or a sheet of sticky paper to keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor gatherings. These items are designed to blend right into the scenery, as well as deter mosquitoes.

DynaTrap Outdoor Lantern

Add some ambiance to your outdoor patio or deck with a DynaTrap outdoor lantern. These lanterns would look good anywhere, and are whisper quiet, so you might just mistake them for another lamp! The cool light attracts the bugs and the bottom portion collects them once their disposed of-- with no need to have the annoying zap sound. This lantern is effective for up to a half of an acre and can be left outside in all weather conditions.

Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent

Radius Zone Mosquito Repellent mosquito repellent not only works wonders around the outside of your home, but it is also designed to be transported and used elsewhere as well-- making this the perfect solution for camping! The repellent is scent free and operates on a rechargeable lithium ion battery, which can operate for over six hours on a full charge. There is even a shut-off timer for up to two hours, and a single refill can keep your area mosquito-free for up to 40 hours. Just set it up and mosquitoes are gone!

Misting hoses or fans

Another stylish way to keep mosquitoes away is to install misting hoses or fans around your patio, garden, or deck area. Although still, stagnant water attracts mosquitoes, moving water actually deters them. You can install misting hoses along deck railings or the perimeter of your garden to keep bugs away, and stay cool at the same time. You might even want to consider incorporating some lights as well to really make your outdoor area beautiful. Misting fans are also another great option to repel mosquitoes naturally. Who doesn’t want the coolness of a misting fan on a hot summer day? Cool yourself off and enjoy a bug free outdoors.

lily pads in a pond.
Standing water can attract mosquitoes, but there are options to keep them away!

Stylish Accessories Repellents

If something a little more low key is what you have in mind for your outdoor mosquito solutions, then consider incorporating some of these ideas the next time you want to enjoy a little time enjoying the outside.

Mosquito control briquettes

If you’re lucky enough to have a pond on your property, then you already know that standing water attracts mosquitoes. If you’re finding that you can’t enjoy your koi pond, or your bird baths seem to be overrun with insects, then consider getting some mosquito control briquettes. These handy briquettes can be placed into a still water area to eliminate the breeding ground for mosquitoes. Although lethal to mosquitoes, these briquettes are perfectly safe for aquatic creatures and plants and are safe for humans to be around. These are long lasting too, and guaranteed for up to 180 days of mosquito protection.

Citronella candles

Sometimes the tried and true methods are some of the best available options for mosquito control. Like the plant they are derived from, citronella candles are very effective at keeping mosquitoes away from your outdoor area. They are available in an endless variety of sizes and shapes to match the decor of your outdoor patio. Consider adding some tabletop candles around your patio as well as taller lantern or torch-style candles around the perimeter. The stylish options are unlimited with this solution! Just like the plant, the smell of citronella-- and almost anything with a lemon scent-- acts as a natural repellent for mosquitoes.

Mosquito repellent bracelets

A fun way to keep mosquitoes away no matter where you are outdoors is to use a mosquito repellent bracelet. These bracelets are made with citronella oil, and are a great DEET-free way to enjoy the outdoors this summer. Mosquito repellent bracelets are fantastic at keeping away bugs no matter where you are, and come with 240 hours of guaranteed mosquito protection. Bracelets are also a great idea for kids, who like to run and play outdoors, but are not necessarily in the range of other methods of mosquito protection. For your next outdoor party you can even have a themed color so all your guests match! This is just another stylish way to keep mosquitoes from ruining your outdoor fun.

Eco-Friendly Sprays

If you prefer the satisfaction of knowing you are protected from mosquitoes all day no matter where you go, and don’t mind putting on a spray or a cream, then consider some of these options for a worry-free way to keep mosquitoes away.

Picaridin insect repellent

This handy spray uses picaridin as its main ingredient and is DEET-free. The spray is fragrance-free and ideal for when you want to spend time camping, hiking, or biking outside. It offers 12  hours of protection against mosquitoes and other bugs such as ticks. This all-natural spray won’t harm clothing, backpacks, or any synthetic materials either, so you can be sure it won’t affect any of your favorite clothes. Just spray and you’re ready to go!

Repel plant based lemon eucalyptus spray

What better way to keep mosquitoes away than with both lemon and eucalyptus scent? Not only is this spray natural and DEET-free, but it simply smells amazing! This easy to carry spray bottle keeps you protected for up to six hours from mosquitoes. The lightweight spray never feels greasy and is easy to apply on the go. Make sure you pack this essential the next time you want to spend time outdoors, either away from home or in your own backyard!

There’s no need to use harmful chemicals to keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor areas this summer, in fact there are some pretty stylish ways to incorporate mosquito control methods! Whether you choose to add plants or incorporate citronella candles, you can be sure that mosquitoes won’t ruin the summertime fun.

July 22, 2019
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