The sun is setting, the Sancerre is poured...and a near-biblical swarm of mosquitoes just descended on your yard. Before you retreat indoors for the season, consider these eight chic and clever bug-repelling solutions.
1. Citronella Coils
Looks like an abstract wind chime, works like bug-repelling incense. Psst: The cedarwood “coils” are soaked in citronella.
Fredericks & Mae ($36)
These cheerful annuals have a distinct scent that mosquitos loathe. They also contain pyrethrum, a natural compound used in most insect repellents.
Breezeless night? Position a good-looking, quiet fan at one end of your table to blow bugs away from food and faces.
4. Palo Santo Sticks
These aromatic wood incense sticks (which happen to look great in a decorative bowl) can be used as a substitute for citronella.
Need Supply Co. ($12)
5. Oil Lamps
Sprinkle a few attractive oil lamps (filled with citronella oil) as a festive, bug-fighting alternative to hurricane lanterns.
Design Within Reach ($149)
6. Linen Sprays
Spritz your tablecloth and clothing with this natural essential oils mist, which has bug-banishing notes of geranium, cedarwood and peppermint.
Kaufman Mercantile ($85)
7. Tiki Torches
Create a fortress by lining festive bamboo torches alongside, or around, your dining area. (The smoke repels any mosquitoes in the vicinity.)
AllModern ($28 each)
8. Citronella Candles
An oldie, but a goodie. We say skip the drugstore versions and splurge on something a little lovelier—like these large, hammered glass beauties.