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    17 Things For Anyone With Outdoor Pest Problems

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    1. A set of two mosquito-repeller lanterns that'll create a 15-foot skeeter-free zone *and* blend in seamlessly with your backyard decor. No more dinners and strict outdoor aesthetics will be ruined by mosquitoes and ugly lanterns.

    The mosquito-repelling lantern, which looks likes lawn decor
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Went camping deep in northern Minnesota right on the lake's shoreline. Used two of these because I knew I was going to be in a battle with the local 'state bird,' Mr. Mosquito. I did not get one bite the entire week. Yes, there were plenty of them flying around; we could see them and yes, we sat around a campfire, but I can only assume that these did what was promised and helped me avoid donating blood the wrong way! Also had visitors in town and we sat on my back patio, which has plenty of mosquitoes every night, but again these kept them at bay and we did not get bitten. Based on my experience, they worked as advertised." —Oak

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $90.22.

    2. Or a mosquito-repelling camping lantern if you want a portable and powerful option. No more sprays, lotions, citronella candles, and — most importantly, mosquitoes.

    The lantern
    Amazon

    Promising review: "After using this thing up in the mountains and in the backyard jungle I have, this little device makes a big difference in sitting outside at night. I doubted that anything besides a good repellent would work, but I was wrong. I will be buying a couple more to have handy wherever I am. Go ahead and buy one, they work!" —airdale

    Get it from Amazon for $37.52.

    3. A box of mosquito-repellent incense sticks to ward off buzzing blood-suckers within a 12 foot radius for up to 2.5 hours. They're made with rosemary, peppermint, citronella, lemongrass, cedarwood, and bamboo so they won't offend your nose.

    The green stick burning in an incense holder
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am so happy to have this mosquito repellent. I wanted something for my back patio in the evenings. This is so pleasant! Everyone comments about the scent; it’s not offensive like other nasty repellent sprays or candles." —Namaste

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    4. A camping hammock with built-in netting for preventing any mosquitoes from terrorizing your shut-eye.

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    Promising review: "Having never slept in a hammock before, we took these on a hike as an alternative to sleeping on a camping mattress on the ground. We tried them out for a 'lunchtime nap' and it took us about 10 minutes to put up two hammocks. The material seems durable, all the parts had a decent quality feel to them, and they help the weight and were very stable and comfortable. That night we decided to sleep in them for the whole night and they absolutely did the job. All in all we are happy campers with these purchases and they will become a regular addition to our hiking/camping trips." —Victor

    Get it from Amazon for $45.99+ (available in two sizes and nine colors).

    5. A bug bite suction tool, because those pesky bloodsuckers take no breaks — and neither do you. It's designed to actually suck out venom, saliva, and irritants on your skin that may be causing swelling and itching.

    Reviewer progression photo showing the tool reduced swelling after a mosquito bite until it was practically unnoticeable
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    You can also use it to treat bites from bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice.

    Promising review: "I am a magnet for bites of all kinds and carry topical and medicines with me at all times — so I figured this would be a good product to see if it really works. I woke up with a bug bite on my arm so I used this little tool (three times per the instructions) — immediately after using, it stopped itching! And less than 24 hours later the bump/bite gone! There is a very faint red mark from using the thing, but a small price to pay IMO. Bottom line: it’s awesome. I’m carrying it with me everywhere!" —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    6. And speaking of bugs, a pack of disgustingly effective sticky traps so you can snag those pesky gnats that are terrorizing your herbs.

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    Promising review: "I was having an issue with the fungus gnats inside and outside of my house. They were driving me crazy, flying in my face and I couldn't take it anymore. I ordered these traps and they worked instantly! I placed the stakes and traps in my orchids (which I keep in the kitchen) and then placed some in my mini garden outside. Both traps caught more than I expected and are still catching more. It caught not only the fungus gnats but all kinds of large and small flies and moths! Totally worth the buy and will be buying more when I run out." —Sami H.

    Get a pack of seven traps from Amazon for $5.09.

    7. A nontoxic disposable hanging fly trap that'll lure in buzzing pests. Once the bag is full, simply discard it!

    Reviewer photo of the bag, which is filled with flies
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I agree with all of the reviews; this product smells horrible but works amazing. I also agree, the worse it smells, the better it works. We have hung it amongst our garden, out of sight from the house. Everyone who came over for our latest barbecue commented in amazement about our lack of flies around the food. The traps were far enough away that the smell was minimal. I also did put out fresh traps before the barbecue to ensure a pleasurable experience for my guests, traps with the minimal amount of smell." —Jenn N.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.53.

    8. Or a fly stick if you're ready to claim victory over annoying winged insects. Just add a drop of honey or syrup and watch them flock like flies to, well, honey.

    Reviewer photo of their fly stick covered in flies
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING. I didn't even add syrup/honey or any type of bait. I had mine outside at my backdoor and whoa!! I also put one where I sit in the pool area in my backyard...the flies and gnats were sooooo annoying. This thing was near full in about five minutes!!" —Tonya Dean

    Get it from Amazon for $6.29.

    9. Some Irish Spring soap to deter the furry critters and pests from having a nibble in your vegetable garden. Seriously, cutting this soap into cubes and spreading it around your garden in mesh bags can ward off hungry wildlife as they hate the smell.

    The soap
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    Promising review: "I bought it to keep the deer and rabbits out of my garden. It works!" —Eddie McElyea

    Get 20 bars from Amazon for $15.98.

    10. Or a deer-repelling spray for keeping Bambi out of your precious flower garden.

    The spray bottle
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have bought this twice and am ordering my third bottle now. We live in Maryland, north of DC, and behind a wooded preserve with a high population of deer who are brazen in their approach to eating vegetation. This has saved my hydrangeas, sedum, and even my gorgeous gigantic mums bought from Costco, all of which had been devoured by the deer until I found this product. I put it on once a month. The smell is strong but not offensive." —KSwan

    Get it from Amazon for $15.49.

    11. A set of ant bait stakes because the only thing worse than an outdoor ant infestation is when they move indoors. This'll tell those creepy crawlies to find a new backyard.

    Reviewer photo of the bait traps covered in ants
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    Promising review: "Oh my goodness! These are super easy to set up, and they WORK absolutely fantastic!!! My home is now free of infestation indoors and outdoors!! I now only have to use the outdoor bait every three months or so for maintenance. This stuff is GREAT!!!" —Karen

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $20.89.

    12. A heavy-duty garbage strap so you can prevent your trash cans from becoming an all-you-can-eat buffet for the bears and raccoons. Installation is permanent and doesn't require any tools!

    Reviewer photo of the strap on their large garbage can
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    Promising review: "I got this product to keep a group of raccoons out of my trash can. Since installed they have only visited a couple of times and were never successful in getting into the can and dragging trash all over the yard. Haven't seen them in a long time now. I guess they figure they can just skip this house since they can't get into the can. Very thankful for this item." —Mike

    Get it from Amazon for $31.50.

    13. A set of scare cats with reflective eyes that'll frighten away rodents, birds, stray cats, rabbits, and other wildlife humanely.

    The black scare cats, which are about the size of a real cat and have reflective eyes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "If you don't mind having fake cats all over your yard or garden, these are great. I had some birds eating our strawberries, so I put one of these right behind the strawberries in the raised garden bed and hung one from a porch light. The porch light one looks like the cat is flying, but the wind makes it move a bit and the birds are none-the-wiser. Haven't seen a bird near the garden in a month. Worked well for me." —Tiki

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $19.98.

    14. A set of bird-repelling discs if your outdoor dining set is covered in bird poop. Sunlight reflecting off the discs will scare birds away so you can enjoy your lounge chairs without fear of being mistaken for a toilet.

    Reviewer photo of the shiny silver discs, which come on a chain of three
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    Promising review: "I have so many birds in my backyard, and they tend to poop on my patio furniture. That is until I found these deflectors!! They are good-looking and easy to assemble. I highly recommend. And, the birds still visit but they stay in the trees and grassy areas." —Michelle Knaier

    Get eight strings (24 discs total) from Amazon for $15.95.

    15. Or a more high-tech pest repellent to specifically target whatever creature you're dealing with. It has five different sensitivities for different animals and emits an ultrasonic sound that you can't hear but that will chase away unwelcome guests. As if that wasn't fancy enough, it also has a motion detector that will trigger the ultrasonic sound.

    The repellant showing the different animals it deters, like chipmunks, cats, dogs, birds, rabbits, and snakes
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Very easy to set up and adjust frequencies/sensitivities depending on the animal you're trying to repel (in my case, it is cats). My neighbor's cats come over and do their business in my front garden bed and mess up the mulch every night covering their business. I installed this in the evening and by the next morning, it had already kept them from coming back. Very happy with this purchase." —Hong

    Get it from Amazon for $43.99+ (available in two styles).

    16. A mesh plant cover for keeping thieving fingers, paws, or claws from stealing the fruits of your labor. Each bag comes with a drawstring you can tie tight around the base of your plant or pot to protect it from destructive pests and bad weather.

    Reviewer photo of the mesh bag over their potted strawberry plant
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love the size of these nets. I'm trying my hand at growing tomatoes in pots this year. My friends have told me about their issues with birds, critters and insects, and these nets seem perfect. They fit perfectly over the cages, and I particularly like the drawstring on the bottom to safeguard any invaders. There's no problem watering the plants through the net and plenty of sun and air get through." —Debbie Cetin

    Get them from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in multiple sizes and in multi-packs).

    17. Or a larger plant cover because you want to safeguard your garden beds from hungry critters, strong sun, or cold weather (depending on where you live!).

    reviewer pier of the net-like covers over long raised garden beds
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This plant cover is thicker than others that I have purchased and lasts a lot longer. I have it covering my Brussels sprouts right now. The temps are getting hotter so I use it to shade my plants. It is also great to cover my squash plants to keep out the squash vine moths and borers." —C. Dryman

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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