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.
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 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. .
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..
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.
Mosquitoes and many other insects don’t like the smell of of this wonderful herb.
Other plants known to deter mosquitoes are:
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.