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Shoo, Shoo Mosquito

Whether you’re busy weeding the garden or sitting on the deck, nothing disturbs the calm serenity faster than a mosquito buzzing around your head. You can always spray an insect repellent but I prefer something more natural.   How about adding some mosquito-repelling plants to your back yard?

 

Here’s a list of six plants that have been proven to repel the little pests.

 

Lemon Balm

This is best planted in a planter because it’s very aggressive, fast growing, and reseeds itself easily.  And, besides repelling mosquotoes, lemon balm taste great in tea and salads.   

Marigolds  

Marigolds are powerful as a mosquito repellent and they’re pretty.  Many gardeners even use them in the vegetable garden to deter a number of insects.  . 

Catnip
 The natural oil within the catnip leaves has been proven to be more effective than DEET at repelling mosquitoes.  Of course with catnip … you might attract the neighbor’s cats..

 

Basil
One of the few herbs that gives off a scent without the leaves having to be crushed or physically disturbed is basil. I love its aroma.  There are many varieties of basil, but the ones with the most mosquito-repelling powers include lemon basil and cinnamon basil.  You can even rub a few basil leaves on your skin to repel these little biting pests. 

 I love this herb and use it often to season tomatoes or any tomato based foods.   It’s also great on cheese sandwiches, pasta dishes, salads … the list is just about endless.  I always have a couple of basil plants growing through the summer months.

Lavender
Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of of this wonderful herb. 

Other plants known to deter mosquitoes are:

Peppermint

Rosemary

Garlic

Eucalyptus     

 

 

How about making your own natural repellent?

 

Simply crush the leaves of some of the above mentioned plants and herbs, add to vodka … which is also a mosquito repellent … Let the mixture sit for 12 hours.  Then, pour the liquid into a spray bottle and use as you would any insect repellent. 

 

And, I wish you a mosquito free/itch free summer.  

 

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