Australia is home to more than 300 species of mosquitoes and with summer just around the corner, now is the time to starting thinking about how best to protect yourself against these pesky insects. The great news is that there are a number of products available to help keep bugs at bay when indoors or outside.
As the brand that pioneered citronella-based products to Australian households, Waxworks offers a complete outdoor mosquito repelling solution while also providing contemporary ambience for outdoor settings. The range includes citronella candles, sticks and coils, torch oils and accessories.
The Waxworks Leaf Design Concrete Pot (RRP $8.95) will keep the pesky bugs away while you enjoy balmy summer evenings. The candle combines neutral on-trend design with citronella essential oil, pomegranate, and cranberry fragrance for a fruity, sweet aromatic experience. Waxworks is available in Bunnings Warehouse.
High-tech Indoor Gecko Bionic Mosquito Trapper
Gecko's innovative new indoor Bionic Mosquito Trapper (RRP $49.00) is compact, unobtrusive, and near-silent in operation. This clever unit is one of the latest high-tech mosquito trappers and produces low levels of carbon dioxide, combined with heat and moisture to mimic human breath. An on-board near silent fan draws in attracted mosquitoes to an internal capture basket. The stylish Gecko unit keeps you comfortable indoors and can be used in the living room, kitchen, study or bedroom. The Gecko Bionic Trapper is exclusive to Bunnings Warehouse.
Mosquitos be gone!
"More and more consumers are concerned about applying topical repellents and instead prefer repellents that create a barrier," says Daniel Jaegers, Insect Control expert at Thermacell Australia. The Thermacell Mini Halo Repeller (RRP $49.95) is a lifesaver for the outdoor lover. This butane-fuelled device uses a heat-activated, repellent infused mat to drive away mosquitoes providing a 21-metre square zone of protection. No messy sprays, oily lotions or open flame makes it perfect for when entertaining outdoors, picnicking in the park, or campsite fun. Available in blue or green at Bunnings Warehouse, Mitre 10 and Independent Hardware retailers
Let there be light and no mosquitoes
The Thermacell Bristol Mosquito Repellent Lantern (RRP $45.95) is a two-in-one mosquito repeller and light, that operate independently or together. The lighting is powered by LEDs. Light and portable, it's ideal for a patio, backyard or when gardening, camping or fishing. Like the Thermacell Mini Halo Repeller, it works by creating a 21-metre square zone of protection effectively repelling mosquitoes, black flies, and other biting insects. Available at Bunnings Warehouse.
A good idea is to have a multi-faceted mosquito repelling strategy with a few natural favourites such as the citronella-based products that can provide functionality as well as atmosphere along with more high-tech options to provide additional protection as well as portability.