Solving the Mystery of Fire Pit Mosquitoes

Fire pits are an excellent addition to any outdoor space, as they offer warmth, ambiance, and a gathering spot for friends and family. However, they can also attract pesky mosquitoes, which can put a damper on your outdoor activities. In this article, we’ll explore different methods for keeping mosquitoes away from fire pits.

Do Fire Pits Repel or Attract Mosquitoes?

First and foremost, fire pits do not repel mosquitoes. In fact, the warmth and light from a fire pit can actually attract mosquitoes to the area. Mosquitoes are attracted to heat, human odor, and carbon dioxide, all of which are present around a fire pit. I have experienced this firsthand during many nights sitting around the firepit.

Therefore, if you want to enjoy your fire pit without being bothered by mosquitoes, you’ll need to take additional measures.

Mosquito Repellent Wood

Another method for keeping mosquitoes away from fire pits is to use mosquito repellent wood such as Skeeter Logs. These are types of wood that naturally repel insects, such as cedar, eucalyptus, and citronella. By burning these types of wood in your fire pit, you can create a natural barrier against mosquitoes. However, it’s important to note that this method is not foolproof, and you may still experience some mosquito activity.

Does Burning Sage Repel Mosquitoes?

Burning sage, or “smudging,” is a traditional practice that’s said to have many benefits, including repelling insects. While some people swear by the mosquito-repelling properties of burning sage, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. I personally don’t think burning sage is an effective way to keep mosquitoes away from your fire pit.

Do Smokeless Fire Pits Repel Mosquitoes?

Smokeless fire pits, such as Solo Stove and Breeo, are designed to reduce the amount of smoke produced by a fire. While they can be effective at reducing the annoyance of smoke, they also repel mosquitoes.

I still experience plenty of mosquitoes around our Breeo during the Pennsylvania summer months.

Other ways to repel mosquitoes

Here are some additional methods you can use to repel mosquitoes:

  1. Use mosquito repellent: Apply a mosquito repellent and leave some more close by so your guests can use some too
  2. Wear protective clothing: Wear long sleeves and pants to cover as much skin as possible.
  3. Remove standing water: Mosquitoes need standing water to breed. Empty any containers that may be holding standing water, such as flower pots, buckets, and bird baths.

Wrapping up

Fire pits do not repel mosquitoes, and their warmth can actually attract these pesky insects. While burning sage may not be an effective method for repelling mosquitoes, using mosquito repellent wood can be an effective ways to reduce mosquito activity.

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