7 Myths About Mosquito Control That You Need to Stop Believing
Contrary to popular opinion, these often-tried remedies won’t ward off mosquitoes.
Citronella candles are better than othersKaja N/Shutterstock
Citronella candles are no more effective than other candles at keeping mosquitoes away. Candle smoke in general might have a limited effect. Likewise, planting Citrosa geraniums won’t repel mosquitoes. Instead, learn the 11 natural mosquito repellents worth trying.
Misting systems a long-term fix7th Son Studio/Shutterstock
Outdoor foggers and misting systems will temporarily reduce mosquito numbers, but they rise again as soon as the system turns off and the spray dissipates.
Spraying garlic will keep pests awayElovich/Shutterstock
Spraying garlic will make your yard smell like an Italian dinner, but does little else. Try these 11 strategies for DIY pest control.
Bug zappers kill mosquitoesTunedIn by Westend61/Shutterstock
Bug zappers attract and kill thousands of insects, but most of them aren’t mosquitoes. They kill only a small number of mosquitoes in the area. (Ironically, they zap a lot of insects that prey on mosquitoes.) Try these 8 trusted mosquito repellents instead.
Propane gas traps make a big impacteffective stock photos/Shutterstock
Placing propane gas traps in your yard will effectively capture many mosquitoes, but again, only a small fraction of those in your yard.
Ultrasonic devices do what they promiseIrina Iglina/Shutterstock
Ultrasonic devices have no repellency value at all, according to studies. Instead, grow these 8 mosquito-repelling plants in your backyard.
Housing mosquito predators will keep bugs awayJay Ondreicka/Shutterstock
Building bat towers and purple martin houses to attract potential mosquito predators has been proven useless. Bats and purple martins rarely feed on mosquitoes. Here are 5 ways to prevent mosquito bites overnight.