How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes: A Guide to Yard Sprays, Repellents & More
You've mowed the lawn, prepped the grill, and even upgraded your bamboo skewers. Your backyard is in pristine condition for a cookout—except for one thing: all those pesky, annoying mosquitoes.
Luckily, there are actions you can take to prevent these insects from ruining your day. Behold, our picks for 9 ways for how to get rid of mosquitoes:
1. Hire Mosquito Control
Perhaps the most comprehensive way to get rid of mosquitoes is to hire a professional team to mosquito-proof your yard. These pest-control companies vary in their methods, but they typically include use a mosquito yard spray or a fog that should neutralize the mosquito population (including its larvae) for several weeks. Many use EPA-approved chemicals, and some offer all-natural options, but be sure to study each treatment beforehand.
See some of our best mosquito-control deals below:
- Chicago: $39 for up to half an acre of mosquito control treatment from Mosquito Hunters ($59 value)
- Atlanta: $39 for one backyard mosquito treatment from Mosquito Authority of Atlanta ($99 value)
- Miami: $49 for half-acre chrysanthemum-based mosquito fogging treatment from MosquitoNix ($149 value)
- Minneapolis: $99 for two half-acre spraying sessions from SeasonGreen Turf ($200 value)
- Nashville: $39 for one-time mosquito control treatment from Sovereign Pest Control ($205 value)
- Denver: $39 for the repel+plus treatment from Mosquito Authority ($89 value)
- Charlotte: $65 for two half-acre EPA-approved barrier sprays from Mosquito Troop ($129.98 value)
2. Essential Oils as Mosquito Repellent
Maybe you've used essential oils as part of your aromatherapy to find a little relaxation, but some are especially potent mosquito repellents as well. In particular, grapefruit, citronella, and lemongrass have been known to fend off bugs when you apply it to your skin.
3. LED Mosquito Zapper
See our LED mosquito zapper deal.
The old-school method of a bug zapper works too, but these days, many zappers have been upgraded to use an LED light. These tend to produce a UV glow that hits a frequency that's especially attractive to mosquitoes.
4. Mosquito Repellent Bracelets
See our mosquito repellent bracelet deal.
Some swear that a DEET-free bracelet is the best mosquito repellent, and it's certainly one of the simplest. Just put on these wristbands—often emitting the scent of citronella, peppermint, and geranium—and bugs will keep their distance.
5. Mosquito Traps
See our mosquito trap deal.
Not too different from bug zappers, traps also tend to attract mosquitoes via UV light, fan, or carbon dioxide. But instead of zapping the bugs and letting them fall to the ground, a trap will usually collect the mosquitoes within a compartment, making for easy clean up.
Alternative deal: Check out this Bob Villa-brand mosquito trap.
6. Ultrasonic Mosquito Repellers
See our ultrasonic mosquito repeller deal.
We've touched on solutions that use light and scent, but what about sound? If that's the direction you want to go in, try ultrasonic mosquito repellers, which emit soundwaves (undetectable to humans or pets) that drive away bugs and other pests.
7. Mosquito Electric Fly Swatter
See our mosquito electric fly swatter deal.
For the person who wants to make eliminating the mosquitoes a kind of game, there's the electric fly swatter. Simply press a button to activate the swatter, and you'll zap any bug trying to pester you.
8. Mosquito Repellent Patch
See our mosquito repellent patch deal.
Just slap on a repellent patch to your skin (or a piece of outdoor furniture or your tent) and it'll start pumping out eucalyptus and other oils to drive away the bugs.
9. Tiki Torch with Citronella
See our tiki torch deal.
If you're wondering how to get rid of mosquitoes and complement your cookout with illumination, use tiki torches. These bamboo or metal sticks often come with a canister filled with citronella. When lit, they can provide a physical barrier between you and the mosquitoes. And if you have a large backyard, you can use the torches to light a path from your deck to your bonfire.