1. Load up on garlic. Consuming a lot of garlic creates an undetectable (except for mosquitoes) layer of garlic oil that seeps out of your pores and generates a mosquito barrier. If you don’t like the thought of eating more garlic, you can also use garlic juice to make a natural repellant.
2. When you're preparing for outdoor activities wear light colored garments because mosquitoes are typically attracted to dark colors.
3. If you usually use incandescent lights for outdoor lighting switch to fluorescent. Mosquitoes are drawn to incandescent lights.
4. Mosquitoes are attracted to over grown vegetation so keep your landscaping clean and tidy; doing so will go a long way towards preventing mosquitoes.
5. Mosquitoes don't like strong, windy currents so keep the area breezy by using fans when you're relaxing outdoors and sit next to them.
6. Grow plants like rosemary, horsemint, marigolds and catnip because they have an odor that mosquitoes can't stand. You can also dry out the leaves, crush them up to release their aroma, and even rub them on your clothing and skin for additional protection.
7. Purchase or build your own bat house. Research has shown that just one brown bat can kill 600 mosquitoes in an hour. And if you don't need to worry about rabies because according to the Niagara Frontier Wildlife Habitat Council less than half of a percent of all bats contract rabies, which is the same for any mammal, and bats really don't want anything to do with humans or pets anyway.
8. Another natural mosquito repellant is parsley. You can mix crushed parsley into a jar of apple cider vinegar and rub it on your skin or on a bandana that you wear around your neck when you're planning on spending time outdoors. You can also throw some rosemary or sage on your hot BBQ coals to repel mosquitoes.
9. Standing water provides the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes including clogged gutters, planter saucers, tarps, ponds, birdbaths and pet bowls. If you need to keep any of these items outdoors be sure to rinse them at least once a week to avoid attracting these pesky insects.
10. One of the most effective ways to repel or kill mosquito is with DEET but it's important to keep in mind that more isn't always better. 10% DEET will work as well as 100% DEET; the only difference between the two is how long it lasts on the material you put it on. Also effective is Permethrin which kills mosquitoes as well as ticks however it is only for use on clothing and should never be sprayed on skin.