We are amid the season where you may ask yourself the same two questions frequently. The first is how to get rid of mosquitoes, and the second is how to stay cool when the temperatures continue to arise. But what if the answer to both problems had one simple solution: a fan.  Experts have already revealed several ways to deter this pesky creature away from your home, whether through citronella candles or mosquito repellent plants. However, some suggest that your fan may also be effective in keeping this unwanted house visitor away. But how powerful is this method? And do you need to pair your fan with any other mosquito repellents? Here’s everything you need to know.

Do fans keep mosquitoes away?

The question as to whether fans keep mosquitoes away divides opinions. While the fan itself does not necessarily deter mosquitoes from a space, it does reduce the chances of being bitten by the fly. Here’s why.

1. Fans make it harder to trace target scents

‘Mosquitoes are attracted to carbon dioxide and other chemicals that we emit when we breathe. Fans blow air around and can make it harder for mosquitoes to detect these chemicals in the air,’ explains Melanie Rose, a trained Pest Specialist from Nationwide Pest Control (opens in new tab). This, therefore, means that the mosquito is less able to find their target – reducing the risk of them coming closer and biting us. And Melanie is not exclusive in her observations. Thomas Dobrinska, Board Certified Entomologist with Ehrlich Pest Control (opens in new tab), reinforces that ‘high-powered fans will re-direct scents and carbon dioxide cues’ that attract mosquitos.  ‘Large box fans and oscillating fans placed in the backyard could effectively deter adult mosquitoes from potential warm-blooded hosts,’ Thomas says. And multiple fans in an area are particularly helpful in confusing the scents – making it harder for the fly to find its target. 

2. Fans create a breeze 

It may seem obvious, but the main purpose of your best fan is to emit a breeze to cool down a room. However, alongside its cooling qualities, this breeze may also help you stay bite-free for longer. According to Melanie, mosquitos get blown away from fans as they struggle to fly through the breeze. 

Do you need any other repellents? 

‘Keep in mind that this is just one tool in the overall Mosquito IPM (Integrated Pest Management) toolbox and is best implemented with other reliable methods,’ Thomas adds. He, too, recommends using mosquito habitat reduction/treatment, using repellants, and physical exclusion such as screens and netting. It’s also worth noting the colors that attract or repel mosquitoes so you can choose your clothing (and home accessories) wisely this summer.