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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 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.  


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