Here are some tips for getting rid of mosquitoes by by Kristine Solomon, posted on June 15, 2010 at

We pinpointed ten of our favorite reader suggestions for altering your outdoor environment to keep those hungry insects from turning us into the main course at our next barbecue.

Chiminea. Photo: kretyen, Flickr

"I have a chiminea on my patio and when i do a campfire, I throw in a few chunks of pinion wood. it works like a charm keeping the skeeters away." -- Rick L

"After noticing that flies and mosquitoes didn't seem to be around our deck when the conditions were breezy, I moved a cyclone fan onto the deck and kept it on low. The principle is that the little critters can't get their bearings in the moving air. It seems to work." -- Pathfinder

Lemon Scented Geranium, a.k.a. Mosquito Plant. Photo: melynda.huskey, Flickr

"I have geranium plants on front and back porch and haven't seen mosquitoes in years." -- Jayne  (Editor's note: Lemon-scented geranium, also known as Mosquito plant, is the specific type of geranium to plant to repel mosquitoes.)

"This solution always worked for me when I lived in Florida. Take an old garden feeder that attaches to your garden hose and fill with the following solution: 1/3 stale beer (any kind), 1/3 epsom salt and 1/3 mouth wash (with alcohol). Put it in the feeder, attach it to the hose and spray your entire yard including shrubs, trees and even door ways. We did this twice a year and never had to worry. The smell will be strong at first but then in about an hour you won't be able to tell." -- Tracy

"ThermaCELL Portable Mosquito Repellent Appliance. Available in Home Depot or Lowes. THEY WORK." -- Charlie

"The most effective thing I have done is putting water on a white paper plate, then adding a few drops on lemon Joy [dish detergent] on either side of the place I'm sitting. The mosquitoes are drawn to the Joy, not you." -- Tennwilliams

"Put used coffee grounds in standing water. When the larvae hatches they float to the surface of the water and get covered by the oils from the grounds and it kills them. I think it cuts off their oxygen. Plus it's safe for the environment." -- Kenny

"We have had a Mosquito Magnet on our acre forested property for several years. We are on our second unit and we catch thousands of mosquitoes almost every month." -- Michele

"Try using Red Cedar mulch or chips; you find the big 25-50 pound bags at Lowe's or The Home Depot. Spread it in the yard and it will keep them away. Make a tea out of the chips and put in a pump sprayer or bottle and spray it on the patio or walkways where you can't spread the chips because they will be tracked into the house. It really works and it's on the cheap side." -- Brazztazz

"Mosquitoes find us by zeroing in on the carbon dioxide we exhale. Put a chunk of dry ice, which is solidified carbon dioxide, in a bucket 15 ft. or more away from the party area and they will flock to it and not to you. As the dry ice "melts" the carbon dioxide releases into a cloud of gas around the bucket, much denser than what you'll be exhaling so much more enticing to the mosquitoes." -- Argie


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