I think it’s safe to say that there are numerous mosquito repellents in your local department store that you take advantage of every summer. Mosquitoes are those pesky little insects that exist year around but make almost daily appearances in your home, parks, and your garden every spring/summer.
There’s definitely no way to completely get rid of them, but there are different ways to actually keep them at bay, especially when they’re attacking your home! How, you ask? Well, there are certain plants that you can plant in your garden to ensure that mosquitoes no long linger around your home, and the list is below.
Citronella is a common ingredient found in most repellents and it’s strong smell is what keeps the mosquitoes away. You can easily plant it in a pot and place it throughout your garden.
Basil is another plant that mosquitoes tend to stay away from because of it’s pungent smell. There are also essential oils found in basil that help in keeping the insects away. Not only should you plant this for a mosquito-free home, but you can also use this herb for your pizzas and pastas. Quite versatile I must say!
Peppermint has a great smell and is another natural mosquito repellent. Peppermint oil actually kills mosquito larvae. You can even crush peppermint leaves and spread them around your garden if you don’t want to grow an entire plant.
4. Lemon Balm
The scent of lemon balm is what will drive the mosquitoes away. It also attracts a whole lot of pollinators (bees) which are perfect for a healthy garden, and this further repels mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes dislike lavender, mainly because of the flower’s soothing properties, including the smell.
If you have a cat, he/she will thank you for this one. The chemical called nepetalactone, which is found in catnip, is a great repeller for insects.
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