Citronella Candles: Keep Bugs Away
Citronella candles are a decorative and effective way to deter biting insects and mosquitoes, but the trick to using citronella candles for effective mosquito control is volume. While a single citronella candle can only provide so much protection, a central grouping of several citronella candles combined with citronella candle torches around the edge of your patio or outdoor area is the most effective approach to repelling mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Making sure you space citronella candles safely held in glass containers at close intervals around the outdoor area you intend to use will help to create a "screen" of candles that will help to increase the average proximity of guests to the citronella (the closer a person is to the citronella candle, the better protection from mosquitoes and biting insects they receive).
Citronella candles are an excellent environmentally conscious alternative to synthetic insect repellents like the chemical DEET. Made with oils extracted from the citronella plant (citronella is a member of the lemongrass family), citronella candles are available in a variety of sizes and colors and can be purchased in all kinds of glass, terra cotta and metal candle containers . From animals to flowers, the candles are also available in all kinds of bright, playful poured and molded shapes, making citronella candles a bright and attractive candle decoration for screen porches, decks, docks and all kinds of other outdoor settings.
Colorful citronella candles and citronella candle torches make a great hostess gift the next time you're invited to a cookout or outdoor party. Try taking small poured citronella bucket candles, citronella candle torches or citronella votives along on your next picnic, ball game, lake shore barbecue, camping trip. You might even try making your own citronella votives by adding citronella oil to a basic candle making recipe.