How to Keep Mosquitoes From Bugging You This Summer

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Burning tiki torch in the backyard

Summer in the Baltimore area can be hot, humid, and buggy. If you’re lucky, you have a screened porch – if you’re not so lucky, here are some ways keep mosquitoes away from your outdoor spaces.

This fabulous screened porch was part of a Whit Harvey Group listing in Ruxton that sold early this year. Bet the new owners are enjoying it right now!

Prevention is key. Before resorting to chemical sprays, make sure that you have done the following in your yard:

  • Prune any sort of vegetation and high grasses – mosquitos harbor in those areas during the day
  • Dump any standing water including any found in toys, fire pits and garbage cans. It only takes about a bottle cap size of water, for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
  • Don’t forget those plastic child’s toys! Many of them have spaces large enough to catch rainwater provide a perfect breeding ground.

In general, DEET will typically repel mosquitoes more effectively and for much longer than solutions concocted from commercial household products intended for completely different purposes. But if you are opposed to spraying this chemical into the environment, or applying it to your body, here a some natural solutions to try.


This spray recipe has been making the rounds on the internet with many good reviews:

  • 1 Big bottle Blue cheap mouthwash
  • 3 cups of Epsom salt
  • 3 stale 12 oz cheap beers

Mix those three ingredients together until salt is dissolved… Spray anywhere you sit outside, around pools, will not harm plants or flowers. Click for more tips in the full article.

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