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5 Favorites: Design-Worthy Tools for Keeping Pests at Bay

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5 Favorites: Design-Worthy Tools for Keeping Pests at Bay

August 28, 2018

It’s a well-known (and somewhat accepted) fact that the trade-off for glorious summer is pests: Mosquitoes and moths come in through the screen door, fruit flies swarm over berries in the kitchen, and your rustic cottage rental may come with a few mice. Luckily, there are a few well-designed tools to help keep unwanted creatures at bay. Stock these five things in your arsenal for a (mostly) pest-free summer and beyond.

The Handblown Glass Flycatcher is an artful solution for catching summertime flies; it&#8
Above: The Handblown Glass Flycatcher is an artful solution for catching summertime flies; it’s 550 SEK from Artilleriet. For more, see Unlikely Object of Desire: A Glass Flycatcher from Sweden.
A staple for the summerhouse: a trusty fly swatter. The Leather Fly Swatter is both good-looking and durable; it&#8
Above: A staple for the summerhouse: a trusty fly swatter. The Leather Fly Swatter is both good-looking and durable; it’s $18 from Schoolhouse. Hay offers a similar design.
An alternative to the unsightly (and cruel) snap mousetrap: The Humane Mousetrap, available for £data-src=
Above: An alternative to the unsightly (and cruel) snap mousetrap: The Humane Mousetrap, available for £12.90 from Farmer Brothers in the UK, is made of beechwood and a copper basket. After being captured, varmints can be released outside via a sprung gate. (“Release mice at least one kilometer away, so they don’t return,” they advise.)
The Anti-Fly Sphere by De La O ($85) is as artful as it is effective: Made in Mexico City of borosilicate glass, it&#8
Above: The Anti-Fly Sphere by De La O ($85) is as artful as it is effective: Made in Mexico City of borosilicate glass, it’s an upgrade on the water-filled bags that hang from Mexican food stands to reflect light (thereby scaring away flies).
The Hanging Citronella Coil from Fredericks & Mae is a well-designed deterrent for pesky mosquitoes. It&#8
Above: The Hanging Citronella Coil from Fredericks & Mae is a well-designed deterrent for pesky mosquitoes. It’s available in small/tan, $18, and large/black, $40.
Bonus: We also like these Flyaway Sticks by NYC-based Madison James, available via Terrain. Dipped in essential oils that “repel unwanted guests,” they’re stored in a bag sewn by the Kentucky Amish.

See also Mosquito Repellent: 5 Flowers and Herbs to Keep Pests Away and 10 Easy Pieces: Citronella Insect Repellents.

Need more solutions for summer nuisances? Consider:

N.B. This post is an update; the original story ran on August 23, 2017.

Product summary  

Pest Control & Fly Swatters

Flycatcher

kr550.00 SEK from Artilleriet
Pest Control & Fly Swatters

Flyswatter

£15.00 GBP from Hay

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