1. Turn On a Fan:  A fan blowing at a speed of two miles per hour simply is overpowering to a mosquito. So place fans around your deck or patio to get a good bug-free breeze going.

2. Plant Lemon Grass: Thai lemon grass contains citronella oil, which has a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitos to find you. At the same time, lemon grass is a beautiful mounding perennial

3. Dress Appropriately: Certain species of mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors like black, blue, and red. And they are all attracted to heat. So stay cool by wearing lighter colors

4. Change Your Light bulbs: Mosquitoes aren’t attracted to all kinds of light—just some. Instead of standard bulbs, opt for LEDs, yellow “bug lights”, or sodium lamps

5. Try Catnip Oil:  Believe it or not, the essential oil in catnip, nepetalactone, repels mosquitos more effectively than DEET. Though you may have to dodge your neighbor’s cat as a result

6. Build a Bat House: In only one hour, a bat can eat hundreds of insects, mosquitoes included. Build or buy a bat house, hang it in a well-ventilated area, and let those creatures do their thing.

7. Spray On Garlic: Yes, really. Garlic makes an effective natural mosquito repellant. Mix one part garlic juice with five parts water. Put the solution in a spray bottle and spritz yourself as needed. As a side benefit, you will also repel vampires! See number 6 above, lol

8. Remove Standing Water: Standing water is where mosquitoes make more mosquitoes. Limit the insects’ ability to breed by clearing your gutters of clogs, filling in sunken parts of your lawn, and regularly changing the water in your bird bath or kiddie pool

9. Use Natural Insect Spray: Made with five natural essential oils, Herbal Armor was voted “Best Gear of the Year” by National Geographic. Before heading outside, grab a bottle of this popular DEET-free insect repellant spray; reapply every two hours.