How to keep mosquitos away in New York State

Alisha Starr
Photo byJimmy Chan

Now that the weather is staying warm consistently, people are already beginning to complain about mosquitos.

In fact, I'm one of those people. I had a bonfire last night and got bit several times on my ankles and legs despite making sure everything was covered up.

So, how can you help ward off these pesky creatures? Let's dig in.


  • Bug zappers—these indoor bug zappers are a good solution if a few sneak in and you want them taken care of ASAP
  • Candles—lavender candles can help repel mosquitos so lighting one near you can help keep them away
  • Properly seal your space—Make sure screens on doors and windows don't have gaps where they can crawl in


  • Get rid of standing water—Keep pools covered at night and avoid having water near you because this attracts the bugs
  • Use mosquito traps—They make special traps that can catch mosquitos and other bothersome bugs
  • Keep your grass short—Mosquitos and other bugs are attracted to areas with longer grass and plants, so keeping your lawn trim can make a difference
  • Light citronella candles—These are a long-time favorite for keeping mosquitos away since they don't like the smell
  • Add natural deterrents to your garden—Plants like basil, garlic, lemongrass, and sage help repel mosquitos

Aside from being annoying, mosquitos can quickly get out of control quickly. They can lay hundreds of eggs at a time, so if they find a hangout spot they like, you can guarantee they'll continue multiplying.

Aside from that, they can also carry disease (though it's not typically something to worry about in New York state).

Try out one of these tips today to see if you can find a tried and true hack for keeping mosquitos away while you enjoy your time outdoors!

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