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Mosquitoes on a deck or porch can be a nuisance.
But there’s no need to let those pesky insects keep you from enjoying time on your deck because there ARE remedies.
In fact, the simplest ‘mosquito-busting’ solution just might surprised you.
You’ll be glad you did!
According to The American Mosquito Control Association the best defense is a good offense.
First, ‘remove any mosquito friendly habitat’ from your property. The biggest culprit is standing water which is a breeding ground for larvae.
Check flower-pot saucers, buckets and any other place that water collects. Change the water frequently in wading pools, bird baths and pet dishes. Clean rain gutters if necessary.
Deck Design with Mosquito Curtains – Archadeck Chicago
Mosquito-repellents for skin or clothing?
“Deet” is the protective ingredient in these products and it’s EPA approved.
50+ years of research shows, when used correctly, Deet formulations seem to have a good safety record.
Picaridin and Synthesized Plant Oils are also deemed safe and effective Deet alternatives.
The best resources we’ve found on this topic include WebMD, Consumer Reports and outdoor health/recreation business-sites like REI. If you have children, check with your pediatrician and if you have pets, check with the vet.
It’s a mixed bag when it comes to reviews for other gizmos, gadgets, and theories about mosquito-control.
The actual effectiveness of bug zappers, DIY misting systems, ultrasonic or CO2 expelling devices, magnets, traps, certain plants and other home concoctions are widely debated. There’s benefit to burning citronella candles; the smoke emitted is a mosquito-irritant, maybe more than citronella itself.
So what IS the best way to eliminate mosquitos on your deck? Read the rest of this entry »