Article – Solo Stove, Author – Carolyn Owen
Get a Mosquito Free Backyard or Camp Area
Picture this… It’s a warm night and your backyard is looking like an oasis after a long day at work. You grab a drink pop the cap and light your Solo fire pit. You then settle into your Adirondack chair ready to wind down. Everything’s going great. Spotify radio is playing the greatest hits of the 70s, and Fleetwood Mac is singing all your cares away. There’s nothing that could bring you down now!
But that’s when you feel a hot sting on your ankle. Without a second thought you reach out to smack a pesky mosquito. Not this again! You consider going inside, but opt for some bug spray. Couldn’t this be easier? Shouldn’t you be able to enjoy your Solo firepit without unwanted insects bringing you down?
We can help. Read on to get your fireside pest woes under control as we guide you through creating a mosquito free environment.
Certain fire woods can act as natural repellents for mosquitoes. Check them out:
We’re pretty partial to this one. Our Juniper Aromatic Firewood smells lovely to you, but stinks to high heaven to mosquitoes. Juniper’s crackles and pops will undoubtedly add to the warm, grounding ambiance a tranquil night in your backyard will bring.
Reigning as the natural-born champ of the insect repellent world, Eucalyptus contains “eucalyptol”, the active ingredient that sends mosquitoes flying. This hardwood burns extra hot, ready to ward off pests next time you get a fire started.
Hailing from the American Southwest, Piñon firewood is an aromatic vanquisher of mosquitoes. A favorite among firewood users, you can use Piñon to go on a fragrant journey west, yet ensure no uninvited-flying-bloodsucking-beasts come along.
You can add these certain insect repelling herbs to any fire to keep mosquitoes at bay:
Citronella isn’t just what’s found in bug sprays and candles. It’s an herb you can buy or grow yourself to add to your fire. You can enjoy your night bite-free, because its strong smell wards off mosquitoes.
Mint creates a smell that is a bit more pleasant than its citronella counterpart, but mosquitoes hate it. Toss some in your fire to amp up the aesthetics and your bug free backyard bubble.
We all know and love this purple plant for its calming qualities. When added to a fire it riles mosquitoes right up and they fly out of dodge as soon as possible.
Plants on fire pro-tip: Bundle any of these together, or add in other herbs to create the perfect mosquito-repelling scent
Don’t stop with the fire pit, add these things to your backyard to make sure you’re checking every box on a mosquito’s bad list:
Citronella candles are the most commonly used mosquito removal tool, so you can pick one up at just about any store with an outdoors aisle. Put these on the outer corners of your space because they keep bloodsucking bugs from entering in the first place.
It’s time to haul that almost industrial sized fan out of the garage. Use ceiling fans, revolving fans, or even personal fans to increase airflow. This makes it difficult for mosquitoes to fly in the breeze.
By simply planting any of the herbs from the previous section in your backyard, you can help ward off mosquitoes around the clock. Also, they’ll look great in your outdoor space!
Check out our Solo Stove products to enjoy in your backyard any time of the year!