The weather is perfect, the grill is fired up, beverages are chilled and you’re ready to enjoy a warm summer evening with your family and friends, but mosquitoes always seem to make an unwelcome appearance at every outdoor gathering. Even indoors, with every window and door sealed in your house, mosquitoes seem to magically find a way in.
We’ve all experienced the incessant annoyance of mosquitoes. And aside from the threat of the deadly diseases they can carry, there is nothing more annoying than mosquito bites on sensitive parts of your body. But, there are ways to help mitigate these pests without using smelly candles or spray-on chemicals.
We outlined a few scenarios below along with some recommended products to help you make an educated decision in purchasing the right mosquito deterrent; Camping or Outdoor Cooking (A), Backyard or Patio (B), Hiking or Backpacking (C), Other Ways to Stay Bug Free (D)
Camping or Outdoor Cooking
Torches and misters are great for camping, outdoor cooking and other localized outdoor activities, especially when you need pest protection for just a few hours at a time. They are very effective but usually require you to refill the repellent after a few hours of use.
Typically they use environmentally-friendly repellents that deter mosquitoes and other insects from the general area. Usually made from natural plant oils or other non-toxic chemicals, these mixtures are designed to mimic the conditions that mosquitoes typically avoid in nature.
Product Image Description Anywhere Fireplace Tabletop Cone Torch Terminix AllClear Mosquito Mister Lantern Terminix AllClear Backyard Mosquito Mister Product SKU 65612 66940 66945
Add some style and uniqueness to your BBQs and outdoor seating areas while repelling those annoying and biting mosquitoes and insects. One or more can be placed on any flat surface to radiate glorious light and repel insects to insure your outdoor time is most enjoyable. It features clean sophisticated lines in a stainless steel finish that will enhance any outdoor atmosphere whether it’s a barbecue, outdoor games, or any evening gathering around the patio, deck, yard or pool. The Anywhere Garden Torches use citronella or lamp fuel and comes with a snuffer cap for safe and easy extinguishing.
Terminix AllClear Mosquito Mister Lantern
The Mister Lantern has been University tested and proven to repel over 95% of mosquitoes over a 300 sq/ft area up to 10 hours. The natural mist solution released from the lantern is made from a solution of plant oils, is fast-working and safe for people, pets and the environment. The lantern is completely wireless and can be hung, wall-mounted or brought with you on the go as it is powered by 4 AA batteries, which are included with the Mister Lantern.
Terminix AllClear Backyard Mosquito Mister
The Backyard Mosquito Mister effectively repels 90% of flying insects, such as mosquitoes, over a 2000sq/ft area for up to 6 hours. An included remote lets users operate the mister from a safe distance and activate again, when needed, without having to move. The unit can be easily moved around to the ideal location thanks to its extendable handle and base wheels to allow for movement like that of a travel suitcase. The Backyard Mosquito Mister is powered by a standard AC outlet and includes a 30ft power cord to add flexibility in placement around a yard.
Backyard or Patio
Since they typically don’t require added chemicals or repellants, traps are ideal for areas around your home and other places you need round-the-clock mosquito protection. Though some larger mosquito traps may require propane, these will operate for weeks at a time before needing a refill.
Rather than repelling insects, traps are designed to attract them and kill them. Using a combination of UV lights and/or other chemical methods, mosquitos and other insects are enticed then drawn into a trap mechanism that prevents their escape.
Product Image Description DYNATRAP Mosquito and Insect Trap with Pole Stand Viatek Mini Mosquito Patio Trap Bite Shield 1-Acre Cordless Mosquito Trap Product SKU 61517 61102 61700
The Dynatrap uses three patented technologies: (1) Two fluorescent lights generate heat and UV rays day and night, (2) a titanium dioxide-coated funnel produces CO2, and (3) a powerful fan sucks insects into the trap. The insects are lured to the powerful vacuum fan, where they are collected and trapped into the retaining cage away from the area of usage providing the user safe pest protection and comfortable living quarters. A trap door automatically closes when power goes off, in order to prevent the critters from escaping. Its rugged all-weather construction is designed to survive life outdoors. However, it is also perfectly safe for use indoors, as it uses no chemicals and produces no odors. Features a twist on/twist off mechanism for activation.
Viatek Mini Mosquito Patio Trap
Silent but deadly trap lures disease-carrying mosquitoes and sucks them into a chamber of doom! Protect your family from deadly West Nile virus and other diseases while enjoying the great outdoors! You're going to love how this chemical-free trap keeps your campsite, deck or patio mosquito free. The state-of-the-art design uses acclaimed UV and carbon dioxide generation technologies to attract pesky mosquitoes. Portable go-anywhere design, easy-to-empty collection chamber and a clean killing system that has no popping or exploding insects.
Bite Shield 1-Acre Cordless Mosquito Trap
The Bite Shield Cordless Mosquito Trap protects you from mosquitoes and other flying insects that bite. It is powered through the use of propane gas, sold separately, so no power cord or custom wiring installation is required. The Mosquito Trap is made out of a durable construction specifically designed for outdoor use only and includes wheels that make it mobile. Once the trap has been lit, it will operate for three to five weeks continuously, capturing mosquitoes on a single tank of propane depending on environmental conditions. It uses all of the proven mosquito attractants such as carbon dioxide, moisture, heat, blue light, and octenol to draw the annoying and harmful insects away from where your loved ones gather; powerful enough to cover a full acre of land
Hiking or Backpacking
If you are out hiking away from your camp area, or working in your yard away from the house, then a mister or trap is probably not going to have the coverage to keep you mosquito-free. Portable insect repellents work on the same principle as misters, working to deter mosquitoes and other insects from your area using scents that bugs hate.
Product Image Description Bite Shield Portable Mosquito Repellent Product SKU 61491
Are you concerned about the diseases carried by biting insects? West Nile virus is now being seen in almost every state in the country, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that when dealing with West Nile virus, prevention is your best bet. The Bite Shield Portable Mosquito Repellent goes where you go. Safe for indoor and outdoor use, this portable, lightweight biting insect repellent produces a scent that biting insects hate but is pleasant to humans.
Other Ways to Stay Bug Free
Traps and misters aren’t the only line of defense against bugs. There are many other ways to keep the warmer months as bug-free as possible.
Product Image Description Bug Off Instant Screen Door My Critter Catcher Hands Free Insect and Pest Grabber Rechargeable Insect Vacuum DYNAZAP Extendable Insect Zapper AntBlocker Pet Food Tray, Sandstone Product SKU 6260 60450 6118 61519 35660sd
This Bug Off Instant Screen Door mounts between door jambs on a single door frame or sliding door frame; no tools or expertise is needed. It installs and uninstalls in minutes, making it ideal for your home or taking it with you on vacation. Once setup, the attractive and durable screen door remains sealed with magnets, keeping pesky bugs and mosquitoes out and allowing the fresh air of the outdoors in. Whenever you, your children, guests or pets need to go in our out, just walk through the screen and it will open right up, once you are through the center and bottom magnets will snap together, closing the screen behind you.My Critter Catcher Hands Free Insect and Pest Grabber
The My Critter Catcher solves your unwanted house guest problems by following the longtime "catch-and-release" practice used by fishermen who place live fish back into the water soon after catching them. Useful and helpful for those who have a fear of insects and pests, the My Critter Catcher has a long handle to keep those creepy-crawlies away from you when returning them to their homes. The My Critter Catcher requires no batteries or harmful pesticides as dozens of soft nylon bristles open and close around insects and pests without harming or letting them escape for easy transportation outside.Rechargeable Insect Vacuum
Standard vacuums simply suck the live critters into the vacuum bag. But the Insect and Bug Vacuum goes one step further by exterminating them with a jolt of electricity inside the sealed chamber. It's like having your own mini electric chair for bugs! An internal trap door prevents the bugs from crawling or flying out. It uses no hazardous chemicals, traps or glues, so the unit is completely safe to use around your family and pets. The Insect and Bug Vacuum is fully rechargeable, outputting enough power to suck up hundreds of bugs per charge. It even tells you when the battery is low.
DYNAZAP Extendable Insect Zapper
Trying to get those bugs trapped high on your walls or ceilings? Put down your old fly swatter and pick up a DYNAZAP DZ30100 Extendable Insect Zapper. Fully extendable and bendable, the DYNAZAP kills hard-to-reach mosquitoes, wasps, flies, hornets, yellow jackets and other annoying flying insects on contact. The DYNAZAP is fully extendable to over 3 feet in length, and has a telescopic head that bends in multiple directions for hard-to-reach areas. It has a safety switch that only works when the trigger button is on.
AntBlocker Pet Food Tray, Sandstone
The Antblocker Pet Food Tray is the most effective, 100% ANT-FREE Pet Food Tray available! Designed for use outdoors or indoors, wherever you feed your pet. For 100% effectiveness avoid placing the Ant-Blocker in high grass, against walls, fences, chairs, dog houses, shrubs or trees, anything that the ants can use to form a 'bridge' gaining access to the top of the tray. The Ant-Blocker's secret is the patented water moat; it is 100% effective in keeping ants from reaching your pet's food. Eventually the ants will stop coming to the area altogether, when they can't get to any food.