Keep the Mozzies Away From Your Outdoor Entertainment

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We all love it when summertime comes around. Long nights out in the garden, watching the sunset and hearing the crickets chirp instils bliss in the heart – until the mosquitoes arrive.

Those pesky creatures can put a real damper on outdoor occasions and send you running indoors before the party should be over.

Don’t worry. Thankfully, there are plenty of tried and tested ways of keeping the mosquitoes at bay so your festivities can rule the night. We’ve compiled a few of the more ingenious ideas here to help you beat the bugs.

Eliminate still water

Get to the root of the cause by throwing out any standing water that will be a breeding ground for mozzies. Be thorough – don’t overlook still water sitting in old tyres or water bottles in your yard. Our point here is simple: don’t give mosquitoes a reason to stick around!

Watch what you wear

It’s summer, so we know it’s tempting to strip down to the bare minimum. But while shorts and singlets are nice and cooling, they do little to deter mosquitoes from piercing your skin and leaving a nasty itch.

If you plan on staying out late, loose clothes with white or lighter fabrics will give you a fighting chance against those persistent bloodsuckers. Mozzies are attracted to darker fabrics, and of course will find it much easier to reach your skin through lycra over baggy cotton.

Plant natural deterrents

PLANTS! They’re not just sweet-smelling, they’re also functional. Herbal and aromatic plants are some of the best ways you can convince those bugs to bugger off! You can have them in pots around your verandah or pergola, or plant them into the ground near your entertainment space. Here are some of the best plants to repel mozzies and other insects:

  • Basil – Its pungent but woody scent fends off mosquitoes and flies. Basil loves the sun and requires good drainage but should be kept damp.
  • Phebalium A small aromatic flower, Phebalium range from cream to bright yellow with flowers resembling a star.
  • Rosemary – It’s great on grilled meat, but it’s equally effective in repelling mozzies. Plus it thrives in hot, dry climes so it suits Aussie gardens to a tee.
  • Lavender – Who wouldn’t want this fragrant shrub in their backyard? Its flowers look glorious in bloom, it offers a luscious scent, it’s hardy and drought-resistant, and its essential oils keep the mozzies clear.
  • Citronella grass – Nothing is quite as effective as this lemon-scented plant at preventing a mozzie invasion, which is why it’s the most common natural ingredient in body repellents and candles, which leads us to our next point…

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Create some natural scents

Mosquitoes are guided by their strong sense of smell, which makes it all the more important you get one up on them by controlling the aromas around your home.

Firstly, avoid using heavily perfumed soaps on your skin and shampoo in your hair. Just like humans, mosquitoes have a sweet tooth and are attracted to tasty smells. Don’t coat your skin in a deliciously-wafting scent that’s only going to invite a bite!

As we’ve said, citronella grass offers one of the most popular mozzie-repelling scents around, which makes them attractive to use in natural sprays, candles, and coils. You can purchase a huge range of citronella coils or candles in supermarkets around Australia. But we love these DIY citronella candles brought to you by Garden Therapy.

You can also find a huge range of homemade bug sprays on the web. Wellness Mama is a great place to find DIY bug sprays using natural, anti-allergenic ingredients.

Finally, a smoky fire or incense is a great way to set the scene for a backyard do, as well as serving the dual purpose of stopping unwelcome critters from gate-crashing your affair. Burn sage or rosemary over a barbecue – or your DIY fire pit – to fend off all bugs.

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Invite a breeze

Mozzies can be pretty persistent, but even with their determination to get a good feed, they don’t have the best wings around. As weak fliers, an overhead ceiling fan on your verandah or pergola is a fantastic way for you to keep cool and keep comfortable and for the mozzies to keep out.

Heating up in your backyard?

Are you looking for ways to keep cool in your backyard this summer? Want to make a more inviting outdoor living space (to your guests – not uninvited mosquitoes!). Read more below:

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About Alex Kuchel

This is Alex. Alex is the National Brand Manager at Australian Outdoor Living (AOL). By day, she’s a member of AOL’s marketing team. She helps to conjure up ideas on how best to promote Australian Outdoor Living and enjoys working with a pretty awesome team of clever cookies. By night (and weekends), she enjoys the company of her family and friends. She’s a big believer in sun shine and does her best to enjoy it with those she loves most.”