As the temperature rises and the warm summer rains arrive so do our least favorite yard guest, the mosquito! Incorporating natural repellent plants into your landscaping will help keep the pests away and outdoor activities going long after sundown.
Here are some of the most common plants:
Citronella: it is the most common ingredient in most mosquito repellents. Most people don’t realize that is an actual plan!
Citronella is a perennial clumping grass that emits a strong aroma that masks other scents, and keeps mosquitoes from being attracted to the things around it.
Peppermint: Most Bugs don’t like the smell and taste of peppermint. By planning it around your home it is a great way to keep them from joining your outdoor fun. Peppermint leaves can also be rubbed on bites for relief.
Basil: Talk about double duty. Basil is not only great for cooking but the added bonus of keeping mosquitoes at bay is a definite perk.
Garlic: Eating garlic unfortunately will not repel mosquitos; however adding them to your garden does the trick.
Catnip: Not just for felines any more! Catnip has been studied and found more effective than DEET, the ingredient found in common bug repellents.
Marigolds: Marigolds contain Pyrethrum, an ingredient found in many insect repellents, and their unique aroma bugs find repulsive.
Lavender: A gorgeous purple flowering plant that has a soothing and calming scent. Grow it indoors in a sunny window or in a flowerbed to keep the bugs away.
Lemon Balm: A member of the mint family also known as Beebalm. Lemon Balm is a very hard plant that is easily grown even if you do not have a green thumb. It is fast growing and grows well in the shade.
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