7 Plants to Rid You of Pesky Mosquitos
Summertime is here and with the warm nights, the backyard barbecues, and the buzzing of thunderstorms that dot humid horizons, the conditions will also be perfect for our tiny, hungry winged friends — the mosquitos! A savvy DIY-er knows that there are healthier, cleaner, and cheaper ways to rid ourselves of those pesky bugs. You can even dress up your yard in the process!
Skip the chemicals, skip the garlic rubs, and skip the itchy bites with these 7 mosquito-repelling plants!
Citronella oil is the most commonly used ingredient in natural repellants. With a strong lemony scent, a few of these plants in your yard or patio are both a nice decoration and a good odorizer. It is said that by crushing the leaves of these plants, one can make a rub to help ward
Off the mosquitos. Often seen in stores as “citrosa geranium” or “mosquito plants,” these species can grow in the ground or in large planters. They can’t withstand a frost, so warmer climates are best. They require low maintenance and can be placed directly in the sun.
Lemon Grass is very similar to the citronella plant, but has a few important distinctions. First of all, they differ in coloration. To tell whether you’re dealing with citronella or lemon grass, check to see if the stems appear red at all. If there is a reddish tint, especially at the bottom of the stacks, then you know you have citronella. Lemon grass is a green, aromatic, and very useful plant which, unlike citronella, you may want to use for tea or for cooking. This herbal plant has a strong, lemony scent. Since these plants are in the same family, mosquito repelling properties and maintenance requirements for citronella and lemongrass are very similar. They’re easy to grow, smell great, and you can use lemon grass for a variety of teas, remedies, and ingredients in your curry and soups!
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and any kind of mint will give off a strong smell which deters mosquitos. Plant a few in your garden or around your patio to keep those mosquitoes at bay. Containing the compound, citronellal, lemon balm has similar mosquito deterring effects to citronella and gives off a lovely, lemony scent.
You can not only use lemon balm for its benefits as a plant in your yard, but you can also crush it to make it into a wearable repellant, or use it to calm your nerves, promote sleep, and aid in digestion. Its scent can have anxiety-reducing effects as well. As it is in the mint family, lemon balm is a vigorous plant which may compete with others in your yard. The good thing? You won’t have to do much to help them grow!
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