If you dread summer because of mosquitos it might be a good time to get your gardening game on. Certain kinds of flowers and plants are natural mosquito repellents, so they beautify your property at the same time they tamp down the mosquito population. Enjoy the outdoors as you deter these blood-sucking pests with plants that are as lovely as they are practical. Research shows that some of the following are the most effective plants and flowers to aid in repelling mosquitos.
- Catnip: The oil in catnip deters mosquitoes. In addition to growing these plants, you can use the leaves by crushing them together and rubbing them directly on your arms and legs.
- Scented Geranium: This beauty was genetically modified to repel mosquitos, and is also known as the “mosquito plant.” It contains citronella oil, which is used in candles to repel mosquitos.
- Lemon Grass: Contains citronella but is considered a better repellent than regular citronella plants. Grow it in pots and place it around porches and decks. For the most effective use, peel back the stalks and rub the pulp center directly on your skin.
- Lavender: The lovely lavender scent is anathema to mosquitos. You can crush the leaves and mix them with oil to apply directly on the skin. Lavender grows well in pots or in the ground.
- Basil: As well as being a popular spice, the strong scent of basil repels mosquitoes. Plant basil in flower, vegetable, or herb gardens.
- Marigolds: Enjoy bright shades of orange and yellow flowers and repel mosquitoes at the same time. These flowers have a strong scent that many pests do not like.
In addition to growing plants that help repel mosquitos, be sure to use an all-natural tick and mosquito control like Tick Killz™. This effective organic pest control product lasts long and does not harm beneficial insects like bees, butterflies, and earthworms.