Here is a simple way to reduce the number of mosquitoes if you are just relaxing outside or trying to enjoy an outdoor meal with friends and family—use a fan!

Mosquitoes are weak, slow flyers, so put a large fan where you are sitting to keep them away.

Fans also disperse the human odors that draw mosquitoes.

And remember, mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, so avoiding those times can reduce your chances of being eaten alive.

As long as you know what mosquitoes hate most, you can keep them away from you.

And you can use natural mosquito repellents if you don’t want to use a spray loaded with DEET. (Bonus: These natural solutions also help repel ticks.)