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These Are the Best Mosquito Repellent Plants—and More Tricks to Keep Mosquitoes Away

Beautiful days and warm nights mean it's barbecue season! Don't let pests ruin your summer—learn how to keep mosquitoes away.

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Best mosquito repellent plants - marigoldsPhoto: Shutterstock

Grow mosquito repellent plants in your yard

Flowers can do more than just provide a splash of colour in your yard. Investing in mosquito repellent plants can help ensure your backyard barbecue isn’t gatecrashed by unwanted (not to mention thirsty!) flying pests. Two of the best mosquito repellent plants are marigolds and calendula, while herbs like rosemary, mint and lemongrass can also keep biting insects from your patch of the great outdoors. Plant them near your patio or deck for the best benefit.

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Spray with mosquito repellent cedar oil

A mixture of cedar oil diluted with water can be sprayed on your lawn and shrubs to repel insects like fleas and mosquitoes. Not only does it keep pests away, but it can nix their eggs, too. Use it at night and by the morning, the yard will be ready for the whole family to enjoy, from pets to parents. This non-toxic mosquito repellent is just one way you can “green up” your outdoor living this summer.

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Tray and pans in outdoors stores stagnant water and breeding ground for mosquitoPhoto: ThamKC/Shutterstock

Reduce stagnant water to keep mosquitoes away

Mosquitoes will lay eggs in any stagnant, non-chlorinated water, whether it’s in an inflatable pool or a flower pot. Drain any stagnant water you find to reduce the risk of guests getting bitten while grilling burgers. But don’t worry about whether or not your neighbour is doing the same. Mosquitoes don’t fly very far, so cleaning up your property should do the trick.

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Want to keep mosquitoes away? Invest in a tent

For a touch of glamour and a foolproof way to keep out mosquitoes and flies, set up a tent in your backyard to surround the dining area where guests will be eating. If you don’t have the extra room, you can buy mosquito nets to hang from your outdoor umbrellas.

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Citronella candles used as mosquito repellantPhoto: Teodor Costachioiu/Shutterstock

Repelling mosquitoes with citronella

You can repel insects while creating the perfect ambiance with citronella candles. For longer nights, look for wax that contains geraniol, and for a more polished touch, look for lanterns that are designed to keep away mosquitoes. Pro tip: It’s best to use citronella after everybody’s done eating.

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Wooden walkout deck in the backyard garden of blue siding house. Photo: Artazum/Shutterstock

How to prep the patio to keep insects away

Insects like flies can thrive off even small amounts of leftover food. Be sure to wipe up any spilled liquid or crumbs after eating outside to help prevent against pests. As a bonus, it means your dining area will be in perfect shape for when your guests come over.

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Change your outdoor lighting

Certain lights can attract bugs, so opt for yellow lights instead of your traditional white bulbs. The golden glow can also make for a more pleasant outdoor experience. Turn off your outdoor lights before going to bed, as well.

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How to use hydrogen peroxide as a mosquito repellent

Mix this common household staple with water—a mixture of 1/3 hydrogen peroxide, 2/3 water—and spray it over your patio and its perimeter, especially in places where guests will be sitting and eating. Opt for a 3% hydrogen peroxide to keep plants safe.

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