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6 Surprising Secrets to Mosquito-Proof Your Home

6 Surprising Secrets to Mosquito-Proof Your Home

Patio party weather is finally here — the burgers are sizzling, the kids are running wild in the backyard — and mosquito bites are likely the last thing on your mind, until those itchy red bumps make their appearance.


Protect your family and your home by following our 6 simple secrets for mosquito-free fun under the sun. From practical tips to prep your yard, to bug sprays and repellents, to citronella accessories and more alternative options for bug bite protection, we've got you covered.

1 Know your enemy:
Bust those mosquito myths
by learning what really attracts mosquitoes.

If you've ever wondered what makes you a tastier meal for mosquitoes compared to others, it's not because of your blood, or what you eat. Any advice you may have heard to load up on garlic, bananas, and vitamin B12 does not have any effect on reducing mosquito bites.

So what does draw mosquitoes into your orbit?

Major factors that make you a target include body odour (e.g. perfumes, scented soaps and shampoos, etc.), movement, and sweat. Mosquitoes are also attracted to heat and carbon dioxide, a proven fact that helps to make mosquito magnets so effective for luring and trapping.

Shop All Mosquito Magnets and Accessories
2 Protect your skin:
How to choose the best
bug spray for your family.

For active adults and children, knowing how to find the right mosquito repellent is just as important as the freedom it provides outdoors.

The Canadian Pediatric Society and Health Canada recommend applying sunscreen separately first, allowing it to absorb into the skin for 20 minutes, then applying repellent. Combination sunscreen and repellent products should be avoided, as well as citronella oil for use on toddlers and infants.

Be cautious and always read the entire label before applying mosquito repellent skin products. Most importantly, check for each product's recommended age restrictions and limits on how many times they can be applied during the day. Do not apply to children's hands to reduce any chance that it can get into their eyes or mouths.

Citrobug natural mosquito repellents are DEET-free, non-toxic for the environment, and hypo-allergenic. These Canadian-made bug sprays include essential oils that are a mix of lemon, camphor, geranium, eucalyptus, and pine. However, while natural mosquito repellents are preferred for children because they are mild compared to other bug sprays, they also may need to be re-applied more often to protect from bug bites.

3 Grow your garden:
Add mosquito-repellent
plants to your perimeter.
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon balm
  • Catnip

Using special plants as secret weapons against pests is not just for experienced gardeners anymore. Consider adding these mosquito-repellent plants to your arsenal against insect bites on your deck or patio:

  • Lavender
  • Lemon grass
  • marigold
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Lemon balm
  • Catnip

The oils and/or distinct scents that come from these selections help to ward off these unwanted insects. Alternatively, they can also be bundled and burned in fire pits, which produces smoke that confuses mosquitoes. Citrosa geraniums were rumoured to work as a mosquito repellent, however, several studies have proven against their effectiveness.

4 Find hidden the hot spots:
Squash mosquito
breeding in your yard before it starts.

Mosquitoes are known for laying eggs in stagnant water, which can be found in more places around your home than you think.

Check all potential areas that can hold standing water for more than a few days at a time. Fountains, ponds, and swimming pools may be the most obvious, but also try to consider any other unconventional sources such as clogged gutters, birdbaths, pet dishes, and more. Replace tire swings and drill holes to the bottom of any containers that may need to be outdoors. Turn over any empty flower pots, wheelbarrows, watering cans, and other garden accessories to avoid collecting water.

Ensure that all water features in your yard are regularly maintained so that the water is properly treated and kept fresh and flowing. Push brooms can be used to spread out smaller puddles on hard surfaces, while wet/dry vacuums can be applied to larger water deposits. Maintaining a neatly trimmed lawn that is clear of any leaves, twigs, and branches also helps to eliminate any hidden mosquito breeding grounds.

5 Pay attention to detail:
Carefully choose
proper clothing and citronella accessories
for your outdoor space.

Strengthen your outdoor protection early in the morning or after dark — peak times when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing made of tightly woven material and cover any exposed skin as much as possible. Examples can include long sleeve shirts, pants, socks, and closed shoes such as sneakers or flats. Never wear repellent underneath your clothes.

Citronella oil is known as a natural approach to keep mosquitoes at bay. In the evening, add citronella candles and torches to give a sense of ambience in your backyard, as their smoke is proven to work effectively as a repellent. However, some candles and torches are also shown to have a limited effect. Take extra care to read full product details to ensure they are not only citronella “scented”. As a skin product, citronella oil is not recommended for use on children, but is safe for limited use by adults.

6 Observe and repair:
Build and strengthen
mosquito barriers for your home.

Stop these tiny invaders in their tracks before they can enter your home by securing its weak spots. Inspect your windows and door screens for any tears or holes, and patch them up with caulk or screen patches. Weather stripping will also help to seal door gaps for extra precaution. Other entry points that mosquitoes will use to sneak indoors include attic soffit vents, bathroom exhaust vents, and especially the garage.

Decorate your outdoor entrances and windows with special lighting that doesn’t attract mosquitoes, such as LED lights, yellow bug lights or sodium lamps.

In the rare occasion that a mosquito gets inside, they will typically be found resting on the wall or in spaces with low light, such as beneath kitchen or bathroom sinks, in any dark closets, or in the basement.

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