Proven methods to keep the bugs at bay.
Planning to spend as much time outdoors as possible this summer, hosting cookouts and patio dinner parties? Then you're going to need a top-notch bug repelling plan. From bug repellant sprays that really work, to modern mosquito bracelets, these six pro-approved tips are proven to keep the bugs at bay. Once you've turned your backyard into a bug-free zone, the outdoor dinner parties will last late into the night.
Use Mosquito-Repelling Scents
Place jarred citronella candles ($11 for 3, amazon.com) or insect-repelling incense under the dining table to help keep feet and ankles bite-free.—Colin Cowie, event planner
Buy Some Bug-Repelling Bracelets
I first spotted mosquito-repellent bracelets ($17 for 6; homedepot.com) making the rounds at my son’s soccer tournaments. They’re sweat-proof and kid-safe.—Elizabeth Demos, Savannah-based designer and prop stylist
Turn to a Family-Safe Formula
I’m a big fan of Burt’s Bees’ herbal insect repellent ($8; bedbathandbeyond.com). It’s safe for the whole family and smells like yummy lemons.—Nicole Gibbons, interior designer
Slather on Bug-Repelling Sunscreen
Sunscreen bug repellent ($14 for 2, amazon.com): It’s not the highest SPF at 15, but it’s a great option for when you don’t feel like slathering on sunscreen AND bug spray.—Elizabeth Demos, Savannah-based designer and prop stylist
Light Some Citronella Candles
With their soft firelight, Tiki citronella candles ($12 for 3, amazon.com) create great ambiance without a smoky fire, and are easy to light and put out.
Invest in a Patio Shield
The Thermacell Patio Shield ($25; thermacell.com) creates a barrier against mosquitoes without any scent or flame.—Tara Guérard, event planner