Mosquito Myths

You're Probably Wasting Money on Mosquito Control....

Did you know that only one out of four mosquito products worked according to a recent Consumer Reports study? There is a lot of misinformation when it comes to what keeps mosquitoes away. I want you to know what works and what doesn't to help you better enjoy your yard...

Myth #1 - Citronella Candles

Citronella Candle For Mosquitoes

Citronella candles were found to be ineffective against mosquitoes.

Citronella Candles were found to be ineffective at preventing mosquitoes from landing on testers simulating a back yard environment.

While oil of citronella is known to help repel mosquitoes... the concentration put off by candles, just isn't enough to protect you from hungry mosquitoes. While citronella candles can help set a nice outdoor ambiance, I wouldn't count on them as your first line of defense against mosquitoes.

Tiki torches also fall under this false myth...

Consumers think that just because a product is out there, it will protect you. That’s just not true. It’s buyer beware when it comes to these things. Especially with Zika around.

Stacy Rodriguez New Mexico State University Entomologist

New Mexico State University

Myth #2 - Mosquito "Repellent" Bands

Mosquito Repellent Wrist Bands

Mosquito repellent wrist bands haven't been found to help prevent mosquito bites.

Mosquito Repellent Wristbands had a similar result to the citronella candles. While some studies have shown that bites can be less frequent right next to the wristband, they did not provide you very good overall protection.

Essentially the same issues arise with wristbands as with the candles. The oils used to deter mosquitoes can be effective...but the concentration and ability to completely protect yourself makes it a less than effective strategy.

The FTC even charged a company selling mosquito wristbands with deceptive marketing tactics due to the lack of their results.

The defendants said that their wristbands would protect you from mosquito bites, but their claims weren’t backed up by scientific evidence.

Jessica Rich 

Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection

Federal Trade Commission Seal

Myth #3 - Portable Diffusers

Mosquito Diffuser

Portable diffuser with essential oils wasn't effective against mosquitoes.

Portable Diffusers had the same problems as discussed before. They rely on mosquito repellent oils to prevent mosquito bites, but concentration and ability to protect a wide area made them a poor choice when protecting yourself from mosquitoes in your yard.

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So...What Actually Works?

Oscillating fans won the award for most effective way to keep mosquitoes from biting. The researchers sitting closest to the fan saw a reduction of mosquito landings by almost 50%. While not perfect, it can still be part of your arsenal against mosquitoes.

Oscillating Fans For Mosquito Control

Oscillating fans reduce mosquito bites up to 50%... if you are sitting near them.

A Fan of Fans

Why Are Fan's So Effective?


  • Disperse CO2: Mosquitoes are attracted to and hunt you down by sensing the CO2 you exhale. The oscillating fan disperses the CO2 making it harder for mosquitoes to find you.
  • Mosquitoes aren't the strongest of fliers: Most species of mosquitoes aren't that strong of fliers. The wind put out by the oscillating fan made it more difficult for the ones that got near to land (and bite) the researchers
  • Staying cool: Mosquitoes are also attracted to your warm body and the lactic acid in your sweat. A fan that keeps you cool lessens these mosquito attractants

But Is a 50% Reduction Enough For You?

So great... now you know how to reduce mosquitoes in your yard if you sit next to the fan... but that's still only a 50% reduction according to the study's findings. That still leaves you and your family getting bit when you're trying to enjoy your yard. Any bites can still suck the fun out of your time outside.

Mozzie full by John Tann

Mozzie full by John Tann.

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An Effective Mosquito Strategy is Personalized

What Else Works?

Layering effective mosquito strategies is the best way to really reduce the mosquitoes in your yard...


But, what other deterrents will work for your yard? That's where things get tricky...


Mosquito control for your home needs to be personalized 

  • Some things will work for your home that won't work for your neighbors' home....
  • Some things are under your control, while other things can't be changed...

A Tale of Two Reviews

To keep mosquitoes out of your yard, you need to know the strengths (and weaknesses) of each strategy.


Below are screenshots of two Amazon reviews of the same mosquito product. Due to the specifics of where a product is being used, a product can work great for one person, but seem completely worthless to another.

Very Positive and Very Negative Amazon Reviews For The Same Mosquito Product

Amazon Mosquito Positive Review

This person was very happy with the results.

Amazon Negative Mosquito Review

This person was very unhappy with the results.

How Do You Know What Will Work For You?

Finding out what will work for your home would require you to:

  • Find out what actually works against mosquitoes
  • Find out if the strategy will work specifically for your home environment
  • Test out and see if it works
  • Keep doing this over and over until you have reduced mosquitoes enough to enjoy your yard

Ugh... by the time you finish that, winter will already have come to take care of your mosquitoes....


To skip all that, I've put together a quick questionnaire to help you figure out what will and won't work best for your yard. After dealing exclusively with mosquitoes for years, I've been able to see what works and what doesn't in very specific circumstances.

After helping hundreds of people keep mosquitoes out of their yard, I've identified key questions to determine what will work best for your home's mosquitoes.

Nicholas Citrin 

Founder of CloverWall

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  • Discover what will really work for your yard
  • Stop getting eaten alive by mosquitoes
  • Stop wasting money on mosquito control that won't work for your home
  • Protect your family and pets from mosquito borne diseases

About the Author

Nicholas Citrin is the founder of CloverWall.

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