A citronella torch can be a useful tool for repelling insects and is popular for backyard uses such as at parties, barbecues and other events. They can come in a variety of decorated forms and are often used as actual torches, for lighting purposes, in addition to being used as an insect repellent. The most common forms of citronella torch are the Tiki version and the tabletop candle in a small, metal bucket, which is a staple at most outdoor, evening events.
Although a citronella torch is typically not very expensive, and can be found at most department stores, there are some than can be priced well over one hundred dollars. These citronella torches are usually made of metals, such as aluminum, or other specialized materials as opposed to cheaper bamboo or wood.
A citronella torch is comprised of citronella fuel, an oil derived from cultivated grasses that has a very distinctive odor which is unpleasant to mosquitoes and certain types of insects.
Citronella torches are not very effective if there is a breeze since the scent is blown away easily. On windless days they can be effective if you use several to cover the area of your garden or back yard.
The best way to use the powers of a citronella torch is to use them in combination with other insect repelling tools or else make sure to purchase enough of them to make an effective impact on the surrounding insects.
Make your own Citronella Torch
You can make your own Citronella torch using a mason jar, wick and purchase some Citronella torch fuel. Make a hole in the top of the mason jar with a hammer and nail or electric drill. Pass the wick through the hole and fill the mason jar with some Citronella fuel. Screw on the lid and there you have your own homemade Citronella torch. Wait a few minutes for the wick to soak up the Citronella fuel and you're ready to go.
Make a hole in the lid
You can make the hole in the lid using a hammer and nail on a piece of wood or if you have one use a drill. If you're using a drill start with a small hole and use larger drill bits until you can poke the wick through the hole. A tighter hole is preferable so that the wick is secure.
Thread the wicks
Thread the wick through the lid hole and trim the wick if it's too long.
Fill with citronella torch fuel oil
Fill the jars with the citronella torch fuel oil up to half way and screw the lid on. Once the wick has soaked up the fuel oil you are ready to light up.