Mosquitoes . . . just saying the word makes me itchy! The best way to ensure your summer BBQ is the talk of the neighborhood (in a non-itchy, fun way) is to control the problem before it starts.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so be sure to keep things like tarps, tires, saucers, children’s toys and other items in the yard covered when it’s raining or turn them upside-down so they don’t fill with water. If you’re friendly with the neighbors, encourage them to do the same.

Plant Herbs

Herbs such as citronella, basil, lemon balm and lavender naturally repel mosquitoes when planted near patios and walkways. They’ll make your garden look and smell delicious!

Turn on a Fan

No really, a fan. Mosquitoes are weak flyers and tend to stay away from windy situations. An oscillating fan on the patio will help to keep them away.

Products that Control Mosquitoes

There are several products available to keep those pesky mosquitoes at bay.

Garden Incense Sticks & Candles: An effective and aromatic blend of earth-friendly ingredients including citronella, rosemary and thyme.

Citronella Candles: made using natural citronella essential oil. Contains a wind-proof wick and provides a long burn time.

Mosquito Dunks or Mosquito Bits: Safe to use in fish habitats. Place in containerized standing water wherever it accumulates in places such as flower pots, bird baths, roof gutters, rain barrels, etc.

Area Mosquito Repellent: This product contains natural cedar, citronella, geranium and lemon oil which naturally repels mosquitoes. May be used in areas where children and pets play. Spray around patios, decks and other areas where mosquitoes congregate.

We hope our tips will keep your BBQ mosquito-free! If you have any tips to share or questions, reach out to us on Facebook, Twitter or by email at .