ISSUE 31  |  Cabins & Camping

Banish the Bugs: New Solutions for Outdoor Entertaining

July 30, 2012 3:00 PM

BY Janet Hall

No room for torches or tired of citronella candles? Here are two solutions to keep unwanted flying insects from crashing your outdoor festivities.

N.B.: Note that many citronella candles on the market are not made with actual bug-repelling citronella oil, rather with a citronella-like scent that may smell nice but is ineffective.

What are your favorite bug repelling tactics?

Above: From New York City Flower Market-based Madison and James, the citrusy Flyaway Sticks burn for four hours and keep bugs at bay. Made of wood and orange oil, the 19-inch long sticks are available in a package of 30 for $30 at Terrain. Consider standing them in small terra cotta pots filled with sand.

Above: The hand-stamped eco-friendly paper packaging puts the Flyaway Sticks into summer hostess gift territory.

Above: CB2’s kiln-fired Terracotta Oil Lamps light up with citronella or mineral oil (there is a removable oil canister for easy filling); $9.95 and $14.95 depending on size. Citronella oil is non-toxic and an effective natural bug repellent. You can find Citronella Lamp Oil through Amazon; $9.95 for a 32-ounce bottle.