May 20, 2024 - Things to Do

Bust out the box fan to ward off mosquitos

Illustration of a mosquito tombstone.

Illustration: Lindsey Bailey/Axios

Heads up to mosquito magnets like myself: It's time to try a new eco-friendly experiment to ward off the pests.

Why it matters: Mosquitos carry disease, sting when they bite and are distracting. They are the quintessential pest.

  • However, some methods to combat the bugs are linked to harming wildlife, like birds and bees.

Flashback: Two years ago, I told y'all about my homemade bucket mosquito traps. They seemed to work well but required a lot of maintenance.

Step one: Find a big fan. (One of the 2-by-2 classics will do, apparently.)

  • Step two: Secure a screen to the side of the fan that sucks in air.
  • Step three: Run the fan outside in the yard, deck, porch or wherever the mosquitos are bugging you.
  • Step four: Wait.

How it works: In theory, the wind stream from the fan pulls in flying insects, which stick to the screen and eventually die.

  • Or you could humanely expedite the process, such as misting diluted alcohol.

Intrigue: Some people have made the method a business model and are selling kits.

Caveat: We're doing this one together. Please show me some grace if it bombs.

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