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Melinda Myers

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It’s time to get outside and enjoy summer BBQs, parties and quiet evenings on the patio or deck. Don’t let mosquitoes drive you indoors. Try these few strategies to help keep mosquitoes from ruining your fun.

Use a fan to create a gentle breeze that keeps the weak-flying mosquitoes away from you and your guests. Some gardeners even take a small fan into the garden while weeding.

Light a few citronella candles for a bit of ambience and mosquito control at your next evening party or event. Citronella oil and the scented candles do have some mosquito-repelling properties.  Scatter lots of candles throughout your entertainment space.  Position the candles within a few feet of your guests for some short-term relief from these pests.

Encourage guests to wear light colored, loose fitting clothing, covering as much of their skin as possible with long sleeves and pants.

A bit more information: Help manage mosquito populations by eliminating potential breeding locations on your property. Overturn buckets, clean gutters and empty any toys or objects that collect water. Regularly change water in birdbaths and use organic Mosquito Dunks and Bits in water features and rain barrels to kill larvae before they hatch into adults. These products are safe for pets, wildlife and people.