When planning an outdoor gathering at night you want to make sure to spend your money on the most effective products. The cold truth about a myriad of barrier methods we have researched is that very few that have been tested are effective. Surely, there are anecdotal reports, but they are less reliable.
Our sources include the American Mosquito Control Association and Consumer Reports.
Products that use fans, electric grids or adhesive pads to capture and kill have had some success, says the American Mosquito Control Association.
Things you can do
Set up an outdoor fan. They work.
Experts say that wearing light colors is less attractive than dark ones.
Consumer Reports suggests LED or yellow light bulbs can help
Products in photo above have had mixed reviews, no conclusive studies
Dynatrap: Reviews are mixed, but consensus is that they do catch some mosquitoes. Read review.
Off Mosquito Lamp: No conclusive evidence, only anecdotal references.
Skeeter Patio Egg: Same as above
Don’t Waste Your Money on These Products
Long considered a standard outdoor repellent, it gets a thumbs down by the experts. Studies show they are minimally effective, only up to a few feet. Less so if it is windy.
Other Products to Avoid
Safety experts warn against yard foggers or misters that spray insecticide because of the risk of inhaling chemicals that have been linked to serious health problems.
Wrist bands, sonic repellents and clip-on fans were tested by Consumer Reports and found to be ineffective.