Mosquitoes are a nuisance that can ruin a perfectly beautiful evening outdoors. The best way to ensure your summer is mosquito-free is to control the problem before it starts.

Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so be sure to keep items such as 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 your 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. These products are available at Hicks Nurseries.

Garden Incense Sticks & Candles

An effective and aromatic blend of earth-friendly ingredients including citronella, rosemary and thyme.

Bite-Lite® Candles
Repel mosquitoes and enjoy the pleasant scent of lemongrass and spearmint with candles from Bite-Lite®. Light the wicks about 20 minutes prior to sitting outdoors. Deet-free.

Skeeter Screen™ Brand Products
Choose from Skeeter Screen™ patio candles, patio diffuser, spreadable formula, yard sticks and a personal spray. All of their products are deet-free and are derived from natural essential oils. Safe for pets and children.

Mosquito Beater® Brand Products
All natural and non-toxic. Choose from granular or hose-end sprayer options. Repels up to 3 weeks.

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.

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 .