I devour the Science Section of The New York Times every Tuesday morning along with a cup of peppermint tea. Recently, I came across an article about repelling mosquitoes with fans. Well, now, this is something I have been doing for years! Now, finally, even the Times has thought it merited a mention. This is a completely non-toxic, non-messy way to enjoy an outdoor meal or watch the kids playing in the wading pool without being eaten alive. I¹ve even used it in the garden!
Just get a regular or oscillating fan with several speeds, plug it in, set to medium or high speed and position it so that it is blowing air over the area you are going to use. Fact number one is that mosquitoes will avoid flying into strong breezes (think of those little delicate and light bodies!) and fact number two is that strong breezes disperse the human scents that the girls are attracted to. The effectiveness of fans in deterring mosquitoes has been supported by research conducted by Michigan State University¹s Department of Entomology.
So, if you are like me, a little wary of chemical insect sprays for the yard or bug repellents with health warning labels, your might find that the safest (and cheapest) way to enjoy the great outdoors this summer is to point a couple of fans in your direction and enjoy the breeze!