6 Smart Expert-Approved Ways to Repel Mosquitoes
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