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7 Myths About Mosquito Control That You Need to Stop Believing

Contrary to popular opinion, these often-tried remedies won’t ward off mosquitoes.

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Citronella Candles

Citronella candles are no more effective than other candles at keeping mosquitoes away. Candle smoke in general may have a limited effect. Likewise, planting Citrosa geraniums won’t repel mosquitoes.

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Outdoor Foggers and Misting Systems

Outdoor foggers and misting systems will temporarily reduce mosquito numbers, but they rise again as soon as the system turns off and the spray dissipates.

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Spraying Garlic

Spraying garlic will make your yard smell like an Italian dinner, but does little else.

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Bug Zappers

Bug zappers attract and kill thousands of insects, but most of them aren’t mosquitoes. They kill only a small number of mosquitoes in the area. (Ironically, they zap a lot of insects that prey on mosquitoes.)

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Propane Gas Traps

Placing propane gas traps in your yard will effectively capture many mosquitoes, but again, only a small fraction of those in your yard.

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Ultrasonic Devices

Ultrasonic devices have no repellency value at all, according to studies. Find out more about ultrasonic devices and how they got popular.

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Bat Towers and Purple Martin Houses

Building bat towers and purple martin houses to attract potential mosquito predators has been proven useless. Bats and purple martins rarely feed on mosquitoes.

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