Candles & Coils

All kinds of smoke dampen the blood-lusty mosquito, whether it's from a citronella candle a mosquito coil, a cigarette or a campfire.

Many people are unaware that incense is also unattractive to mosquitoes, but unfortunately for all smoke-making mosquito deterrents, most people can't stand to sit cloaked in their line of smoke long enough to stay protected.

Citronella candles, mosquito coils, campfires and incense will only work effectively in the range of their smoke reach. Therefore they can rid an area of mosquitoes to a certain degree, but they won't prevent bites from the most stubborn of blood-suckers who will still find there way to you around the smoke. Citronella candles and mosquito coils are also ineffective mosquito deterrents in strong winds.

Natural oils such as lemongrass, citronella and eucalyptus oil can also be worn to ward off mosquitoes. Avon Skin-So-Soft is an oil-based skin spray with no toxins that became popular as a mosquito deterrent in the early 1990's. However, Skin-So-Soft along with any mineral oil-based spray or lotion will protect you until the oil evaporates, so it must be reapplied frequently (every 10 to 15 minutes) to work effectively.

Did You Know?

Mosquitoes kill more people than any other animal.

Mosquito coils are most commonly available online in packs of 4, for between $5 and $12.

Citronella can be purchased in various forms including citronella candles and citronella torches (for between $5 and $15), burning citronella oils for outdoor lanterns (for between $20 and $200), citronella scented wet wipes (about $15), citronella wristbands ($3 to $5) and in citronella rub and spray-on lotions ($10 to $25).

Avon Skin-so-Soft is available for between $8 and $12 online.

Click the links above for some leading online suppliers of mosquito control and citronella candles!