It's the perfect time of year to go to the beach and/or dine al fresco, but those pesky bugs can ruin an otherwise perfect day.  I'm talking about those Jersey Shore greenhead flies and those omnipresent mosquitoes.

I've heard people recommend bug sprays with DEET.  Then I've heard people warn against using DEET.  I've heard people rave about Avon's Skin So Soft.  Then I've heard naysayers doubt its efficacy.  It's confusing.  The only thing I think we can all agree on is that we don't want to be uncomfortable and itchy.

What's a person to do to avoid being bitten by flies and mosquitoes?

Have you found any product that works for you on the beach to keep the greenheads away?  What about keeping mosquitoes from crashing your BBQ?

Do you use Citronella candles?  Citronella torches?  Do you put a fan on the patio to keep the bugs away?

Please share any comments or suggestions here.