OMG. Someone please invite me to join the Bartolivia team. Now I know a lot about mosquitoes. I know Barr’s trivia topics usually revolve around things like “culture” or “history” or “what people can reasonably expect to know”, but MAN. The intel of this mosquito is golden. Did you know they are attracted to the carbon dioxide and heat you give off? Or are you attracted to people drinking beer? Or do only female mosquitoes bite? Or are they so sensitive to garlic that one researcher ate so much Italian food that he didn’t get bitten by mosquitoes? (This is what actually happened in Duke’s biology lab.)
On that topic: Do you know what else mosquitoes hate? Everything on this list. Last month we put out a question for her EHD viewers – Does anyone recommend a mosquito trap that actually works? – And hey, it delivered! Today, we’re talking about some of our favorite effective mosquito bites, from Bistro Lights to prevent bites (who knew they existed?) to some beautification solutions that will turn your garden into a bug-free garden in the long run. Here are a few of the items we offer. zone. And if the problem he wants to throw $50 in and get fixed right away, there are recommendations for that too. 🙂
our top recommendation
When you post a question on Instagram and get 16 simultaneous responses with “Thermacell” instantly, that’s a pretty good sign that you’ve landed on a great product.this rechargeable Thermacell E-90 Protects approximately 300 square feet while stationary (check details) Click here for durable options!), boasting 9 hours of battery life. You should stock up on spares for refills. 120 hour pack It costs about $50 extra, but it’s worth it for the protection you actually get.
Nice looking option
It’s Thermacell…in the sky. (Full disclosure: this was actually my favorite option.) If you’re going to light the exterior, why not no Why not choose lighting that makes you more comfortable? (And understand this: Repellent can be turned off when you don’t need it, so it works perfectly all year round.) Refill A bit pricey – $72 for 200 hours effect, or about 2.5 hours per night for 90 days – but if you’re a frequent entertainer (or just like sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful ambient light ), which is absolutely optimal. Best mosquito repellent option for you!
i love these tea light Best of all, it’s very reasonably priced (cheaper than Amazon!), cream-colored (not bright yellow!), and has a perfect 4-hour burn time. I’ve found that these protect a fairly small radius (about 3 feet), but I’ve also found that they look very beautiful when scattered around a solid landscape in a patio or garden. A great way to create mosquito repellent without going over your budget.
Remember that little story about CO2 and heat? Fans keep the air circulating, reducing mosquito infestations. No need to splurge here. Box fans work just as well. – But if you’re ready to upgrade your outdoor oasis, our team is especially keen on it. Fans of Rejuvenation. (However, in all cases, only consider options that are moisture resistant and approved for covered outdoor use.)
budget friendly fix
I have to admit, these incense sticks are surprisingly effective.of Mr Murphy Aromas of citronella, cedar, lemongrass, rosemary and peppermint.of Madison James It combines geranium, Texas cedar, cloves, and some secret family ingredients. Both brands have a burn time of about 2.5 hours, and he’s priced at about $1 per bottle. If you have a small outdoor space (such as a balcony!) just put one of these on and you’ll be comfortable all night long.
mosquito dunk A dissolving tablet that can be used in any standing water. It contains naturally occurring bacteria found in soil that are deadly to mosquitoes but non-toxic to other wildlife. Each tablet is effective for about 30 days and can treat about 100 square feet of water, making it a great bargain for less than $10. (Pro Tip: Break the dunk into smaller pieces to handle bird baths, troughs and small ponds!)
spray and sticker
Parents, rejoice! No more chasing your kids around the house trying to get them to apply bug spray. These non-woven stickers are coated with a natural oil that repels mosquitoes and actually stays effective for up to 72 hours (though his first 8 hours are noticeably more effective). Just add a few patches – 4 is the recommended number for kids over 6 (parents included) 🙂 – and you’re good to go. These really surprised me.
Clean ingredients that smell of nostalgic summer memories? Please sign up. Kinfield was my first brand (thanks to whoever recommended it!). I am very excited to inherit this brand. DEET free spray We use Indian citronella, lemongrass, cloves and a touch of vanilla to repel insects. If the scent of the spray is too strong for your liking, mosquito repellent wipes try it! (The ingredients are the same, but the scent is lighter. Perfect for hiding in the car!)
If an all-natural product isn’t enough and you want something a little more chewy (are you kidding me?), this is it. sawyer repellent is the best picaridin (DEET-like but non-toxic) alternative on the market. Protects against mosquitoes and ticks for up to 12 hours and flies, gnats and other annoying creatures for up to 8 hours. The only caveat is that the skin can get a little sticky, but the price you pay for not being bitten is small.
After all, we can use nature to our advantage. If a garden-filled summer sounds like fun, try planting actinidia, citronella, beauty berries, lemon balm, lavender, and marigolds around your favorite outdoor lounge spots. They are beautiful (win) and mosquitoes hate the smell of each of these plants (double win!). Your local horticultural center will provide advice. (Just to be clear, some of these are not pet safe, so if you have a furry friend who likes to eat greens, do your research.)
I never dreamed that I would see so many testimonials from these people. bat house Completely exterminated the mosquito population. I wasn’t going to try it in my apartment, so am I going to take their word for it? But research shows that bats can eat up to 7,000 bugs in a single night (so you’re always ready to join the bar trivia team), so if you have the space, bats are a natural beast. It will be an amazing method of pest control.
after being bitten
So you didn’t heed my advice and got bitten. what now?Please enter these anti-itch patch, designed to soothe inflammation and stop scratching. (It’s like a pimple patch, but better for the body.) Buyer beware. It’s incredibly sticky in a good way and doesn’t flake off in the shower or pool. Nor can they be peeled off at the moment of itching – induced mania), which is why they are most often used for very large and irritating monster bites.
It may take a few tries to get the full effect (get it from experience!), but it’s definitely better than using your fingernail to mark an annoying bite with a small X. I’m here. (Why do we literally do that?) insect bites It takes a little workshop, but you may need to hold it longer or use it multiple times on the same bite. But it’s also a cheap and great way to get rid of insect residue under your skin. (It is effective not only for mosquitoes, but also for stings by bees, wasps, ants, etc.)
This is no joke, it’s the most “crappy, we live in the future” product on this list. Connect. heat it up on the iPhone (Click here for Android version!), customize the heat level and duration to gently heat and get rid of the itch. Best of all: It’s a one-time purchase and doesn’t require additional batteries, so you can easily deal with future bites and discomfort.
That concludes our roundup of EHD certified mosquito traps…but I’m just a gal, so there must be some great products and methods out there that I’ve missed. Anyone want to share their experiences and recommendations with the class? We all have ears. Have a great (and mosquito-free) weekend 🙂 xx
Opening image credit: Photo by Sarah Ligoria-Trump | Source: The Evolution of Our Backyards – Changes I Didn’t Teach and What the Trees Looked Like After the 2017 Massacre