1. New polymerized 30% DEET cream formulations provide excellent protection not significantly exceeded by higher DEET concentrations.
2. Picaridin is odorless, has a pleasant feel, and doesn’t plasticize like DEET. Studies have shown it to be as fully repellent to mosquitoes as DEET and can also be applied on infants as young as 2 months.
3. Choose a natural product, such as oil of lemon-eucalyptus, sold as Repel®. Repel is a 40% formulation of naturally-derived eucalyptus and has a pleasant scent and feel without any plasticizing properties. It is also effective at repelling ticks.
4. Mosquitoes are attracted to sweat, but the act of sweating can mask more effective attractors of Mosquitoes, such as perfumes.
5. Try garlic. If you have pets, then know that mosquitoes will go for them too. It’s not recommended to give a cat or dog “too much” garlic. However, before you go mixing garlic cloves in with your pets food you should check with your vet. The best way to feed your pets garlic would be to buy it ready made and specifically for pets and that will eliminate the chance of human error.
6. Garlic powder from your local grocer sprinkled all through your yard may create a Mosquito repellent and go a little extra thick around the patio and porch area. This may protect pets, too. Read natural ways to repel mosquitoes and ways to repel other insects as well.
7. Burn a citronella candle or torch. The smoke in the air may help keep away some bugs.
8. Try a citronella plant in a pot on your porch to help. Another approach would be citronella incense coils.
9. Dump or flush out any stagnant water sources in your yard. Examples of mosquito breeding grounds include old tires, driveway puddles, unfiltered fish ponds, empty flowerpots, and any item that can hold water for more than a few days at a time.
10. Hanging sealed-clear-plastic bags of water with a small entry and placed around the area you wish to keep insect free will only capture flies, not mosquitoes, bees, wasps, or crawlers. Dryer sheets (rubbed on or hanging) have been proven in multiple controlled studies to have no effect whatsoever on the number of mosquito bites received.