Beyond Bug Spray: Our Favorite Ways to Keep Insects From Crashing Your Outdoor Fun

Apartment Therapy's Guide to the Perfect Summer

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Nothing makes me want to avoid the outdoors in summer more than mosquitoes. Which is a darn shame, considering those warmer, more casual nights are the perfect time to invite folks over to enjoy a dinner party outdoors. And of course, mosquitoes aren't the only bugs out to ruin your good time. Here are our favorite ways of keeping bugs out of your outdoor areas.

Start here: The no-chemical secret weapon you should employ today:
The Best Way To Deter Mosquitoes - Naturally

Make sure your plants are helping:
Natural Remedy: 5 Plants That Repel Mosquitoes

If it's flies that are bugging you:
An Eco Friendly, Safe Way to Repel Flies

Let other creatures help keep mosquitoes down:
How to Build a Bat House

Keep the lighting low and keep bugs away:
Make Your Own Citronella Candles That Really Work
How To Make A Wine Bottle Tiki Torch for Under $4.00

Keep them out to begin with:
Mosquito Curtains: Beating the Mosquitoes in Style
Mosquito Netting, 5 Ways

Still didn't find something that helped? Try this master list:
Our Best Posts on Natural Non-Toxic Bug and Pest Control

What are your bug-beating tricks for enjoying the outdoors in the summer months? Share your secrets in the comments below!

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