How to keep mosquitoes from ruining backyard fun?


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Nothing spoils outdoor fun quite like mosquitoes. From their buzz to their bite, they’re always the first to show up when summer rolls around. It’s hard to have fun in your backyard or outdoor adventures with these pests frustrating you. Whether you’re worried about potentially dangerous diseases or just want to avoid uncomfortable, itchy bites, we’re here to help – because we’re in the business of helping. That’s why we’ve come up with a few quick and easy solutions on how to protect your people from mosquitoes.


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First, let’s go over a few tips to prevent mosquitoes from infesting your area. These preventive measures can make all the difference between a few stray bugs and a pest problem that comes back to bite you.

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Eliminate Standing Water

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Keep an eye out for small puddles of water from gutters, buckets, or even bird baths. If you have some standing water that can’t be helped, make sure to regularly change it out to ensure that it remains pest-free. If you have a pool, make sure to cover it every night.
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Trim Your Lawn

Turns out that mowing your lawn does more than make your neighbor envious. It prevents the spread of pests, too. Cutting down your lawn will make your home seem a little less appealing to insects. Without tall grass and extra moisture, mosquitoes miss out on places to rest or start their habitats.
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Spread Some Mulch

If you have a green thumb, you probably know firsthand that cedar mulch can deter even the most persistent of pests. Cedar mulch absorbs moisture and transfers it to the ground below, keeping potential breeding grounds water-free from even the peskiest of pests.
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Try Planting Protection

Mosquitoes are deterred by quite a few pleasant-smelling plants. Planting lavender, citronella, lemongrass, marigolds, and peppermint can deter mosquitoes and other pests from touching down in your yard.

Use repellent

The most effective solution, by far, is to apply repellent to your skin. Cutter® Insect Repellent comes in a variety of different styles and solutions for your outdoor needs. Whether you’re traversing deep in the woods or playing in the backyard, Cutter® brand has an option for every situation.

Make Some Wind

Installing or plugging in an oscillating fan where you relax could prove very beneficial. Mosquitoes don’t like the wind; the air will force the mosquitoes to scatter on their own.

Burn a Candle

Citronella is commonly used to deter mosquitoes. Using a Cutter® CitroGuard candle can provide a pleasant ambiance and excellent protection against biting mosquitoes.

Try Alternative Solutions

If you want to avoid products with DEET in them, the CDC recommends using products with Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Cutter® Lemon Eucalyptus Insect Repellent is a great alternative to DEET-based repellents!