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Summertime is great! There’s picnics, there’s barbecues, there’s long nights on the porch, there’s endless hordes of mosquitos…er, wait.

The endless hordes of mosquitoes are, in fact, not part of why summer is great, and are at best an unfortunate inevitability. But you don’t have to suffer through it anymore!

There’s a lot of ways to get rid of mosquitoes, or at least reduce the chances you’ll be covered in itchy red bites, and most of them are pretty unobtrusive and won’t require a ton of work on your yard or porch! Read on for a few ideas:

 

Get those candles! Everyone’s used them, and you probably have some around your house already, and there’s a good reason for it: those weird-smelling citronella candles and torches actually work. Unless you’re going for that outdoor luau vibe, you don’t have to use the big Tiki torches though; bring a coffee table or end table out onto the porch and you can set up some of the smaller tabletop candles that work just as well.

 

Clear out any standing water. It’s a gross, thankless job, but if there’s one thing mosquitos love, it’s weird green puddles like you see in that bucket you never emptied out. Try to clear out all standing water near or around the porch, including puddles, gathered water underneath the deck, and so on to make sure they don’t have a place to hang out and nest. Speaking of…

 

Clean out your gutters. This is a good idea for a number of reasons, but to keep things on-topic it’s a great way to avoid mosquitoes. There’s going to be a lot of crud in there, especially from the fall and winter, and boy do mosquitos enjoy the sort of grime and water you get in gutters.

 

Potted plants! If you’re not too into the candles, or if you want something a little more permanent, there’s a lot of potted plants you can buy that have mosquito-repellant properties such as citronella, mint, rosemary, or lemongrass. Set up some wire shelving on or near your porch to let the light in, and some potted plants to help ward off any pesky visitors.

 

Get a big fan. It’s a simple solution, but it’s an effective one. Mosquitoes can’t fly in winds faster than 2mph, so if you get a big oscillating fan to sweep across your porch it’ll create a nice wind tunnel to keep mosquitoes from getting too close. (This could also come in handy with spreading the smell of those citronella plants we just talked about to keep your whole backyard safe from unwanted bugs.)

 

All that, and you didn’t even have to put up one of those ugly mosquito nets! Hopefully with these tips you can get your backyard free of mosquitos in time for your next big get-together.

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