8 Creative Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitos

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Anyone who has spent any amount of time in the South during the dog days of summer, can tell you the mosquitos are the size of birds and there are lots of them. They always seem to show up at the most inopportune times making being outdoors in the evening nearly impossible!

That prompted us to create this list of ways to get rid of them without using chemical-based bug sprays!

Here are 8 Creative Ways to Get Rid of Mosquitos

1. Plants

Citronella, lavender and lemongrass release a scent that deters mosquitos. Plant them in your flower beds or in planters where you spend the most time outdoors. This works and they look pretty too!

2. Fire Pit

Everyone loves gathering around the fire pit to socialize so go ahead and throw some sage in the fire to keep mosquitos at bay. They don’t like the smell of sage either. (It appears that mosquitos may have some sensory issues!)

3. Dryer Sheets

Dryer sheets contain chemicals that mosquitos do not like. Simply wipe your clothing with one, then tuck it into your pocket. You won’t see a mosquito all day.

4. Garlic

Eat a lot of garlic. Seriously! If you can’t swallow fresh cloves, take garlic capsules for the same effect. Just don’t take so much that you get mistaken for a piece of pizza.

5. Sandwich Bags and Pennies

We know it sounds odd, but fill a sandwich bag half way full with water. Place a couple pennies in the bag and hang over your doorways. The refracted light confuses the little boogers and they fly in the wrong direction.

6. Bathe

Add a few drops of citronella oil or Avon’s Skin So Soft to the water. You smell good to your friends, but not mosquitos.

7. Eggs

No, not the eggs you scramble up for breakfast, a patio egg. Made from porous ceramic, it absorbs and then diffuses the oil. Simply hang it where you plan to gather. Mosquitos gone.

8. Fan

Turn the portable fan on low and watch the mosquitos disappear! The wind disorients them and they leave!

Photo Credit: Big Stock

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