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8 Secrets for Keeping Mosquitoes out of Your Backyard

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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Cedar oil in a glass bottle and cedar cones with nuts on a old wooden table.elizaveta66/Shutterstock

Spray with 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. (We like these spray bottles.) 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. Use the rest of that cedar oil to make DIY cleaning spray.

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Tray and pans in outdoors stores stagnant water and breeding ground for mosquitoThamKC/Shutterstock

Reduce Stagnant Water

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 neighbor is doing the same. Mosquitoes don’t fly very far, so cleaning up your property should do the trick.

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Residential backyard with gazebo, deck, stone patio and swimming poolElena Elisseeva/Shutterstock

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 where guests will be eating. If you don’t have the extra room, you can buy mosquito nets like this to hang from your outdoor umbrellas.

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Citronella candles used as mosquito repellantTeodor Costachioiu/Shutterstock

Set the Mood

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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Close up of Marigolds flowers blooming against beautiful sunlight at the garden in Thailand.FootMade0525/Shutterstock

Let Your Garden Do the Work

Flowers can do more than just provide a splash of color—plants like marigolds and calendula can help repel mosquitoes, while herbs like rosemary, mint and lemongrass can also keep biting insects away from the yard. Plant them near your patio or deck for the best benefit. Learn how to grow herbs in your garden.

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

Prep the Patio

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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Decorative outdoor string lights hanging on tree in the garden at night timefunkyteddy/Shutterstock

Change Your 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. Here’s a look at everything you’ll need for the perfect barbecue.

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Spray Hydrogen Peroxide

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. Check out these other uses for hydrogen peroxide, too.

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