Best ways to battle mosquitoes around the home & pool....

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    What has been the most effective way anyone in here has found to keep the skeeters and no-see-ums away from patios and pools? We love to get in the pool late in the evening--which of course is the favorite time for mosquitoes to start their nocturnal feeding on human flesh. I keep reading about the ThermaCell lanterns as being really good, with hit and miss results on tiki torches and citronella oil. Anyone have better results with one or the other of these two--or is there something entirely different which you find works?

    Lastly....I have also been reading about mosquito misting systems for the entire yard, and they are supposed to be the best there is--but come with a premium price in the $2500 and up range. Not what I want to spend.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.
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    lots of frogs
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    Hope you're not implying frogs IN the pool. :D
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    We have the problem of spiders on our patio/pool area. The magic bullet that I've found is peppermint oil. I put it on the furniture and the spiders stay away. I've heard that some people use it to keep away wasps, wonder if it would work for mosquitoes?
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    I've read that peppermint oil is one of THE best deterrents for rodents. Never heard of it for spiders and such, but worth a try.
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    Put some water lilies in for them and they'll only jump in when they need to pee.
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    I use ThermaCell since my physician suggested I take one on my belt when I was in the jungles in South America on my way to the Galapagos. Have one on my terrace by the mangroves (where the noseeums are BAD) I have only had one evening when the ThermaCell did not work perfectly. Trick is to have a new strip and start it in place 10 minutes before you go outside.
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    We keep at bat in the eaves of our house. Well not keep exactly, he has just taken up residence there. They eat a lot of bugs, but still not enough.

    The only fool proof way is to get your pool screened in.
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    We use peppermint oil to keep our kids from getting lice. It was recommended by the pediatrician.
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    We have someone spray every 3 weeks and I think they use a product similar to this. I was skeptical at first because we live near a holding pond. Mosquitoes usually eat me alive, but since we've been having the yard sprayed (2nd year now), I haven't seen one yet.
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