Comes the summer, mosquitoes will quickly make a transition from the mildly annoying insects to the number one pest in your surroundings. Luckily, there are more than few ways to fight them off. Still, most of them are not completely harmless. Using chemical compounds contaminates your living space, while bug zappers pose a safety hazard. Fortunately, all of these can be avoided by finding a natural way to fight off mosquitoes like resorting to herbs and herb based products which act as their natural repellents.
Take any mosquito repellent and look at the contents of the bottle. In most cases, you will see that it contains a dosage of citronella. This plant goes great along with any garden and is extremely easy to maintain, however, it does require a lot of space so pay attention where you are going to put it. Having this next to your garden seating can ensure quiet, mosquito-free evenings in your backyard.
Another herb that goes into nearly every natural mosquito repellant is the lemon myrtle. This curious flowering plant is endemic to Queensland, Australia and is one of the most reliable ways to fight off flying insects during the warmer part of the year. Fun fact, some specimen found in the nature can grow to be over 20m high (66ft).
When we look at something that is bright and colorful, insect repellent is probably the last feature we would attribute to it. Well, marigolds are a perfect example that looks can be deceiving. When aligned in order, the petals of this annual flower can create an impenetrable barrier for mosquitoes. Same goes for strategically planted flower beds.
Another colorful flowering plant that drives mosquitoes away in droves is lavender. The best thing about it is that its look and smell are on their own enough to plant it, even if you don’t have a mosquito problem. Later on, you can use it to brew a famous lavender tea. A clear win-win-win scenario if there ever was such a thing.
Speaking of the efficiency, catnip is probably the first thing that comes to mind when speaking about the struggle against the mosquitoes. Still, this interesting herb has multiple other applications, as well. Apart from being simply planted in garden or pots in order to reduce the amount of mosquitoes in the room, it can also be crushed and applied to your skin. Now, most of the time, mosquitoes are just annoying, but it also helps keep cockroaches at bay and these particular pests can be incredibly dangerous.
One of the most interesting things about the diversity of species is how something we find delicious can be so repelling to something else. The best example of this is basil which is one of the key ingredients in some of the most exquisite meals out there, yet for some reason mosquitoes can’t stand it. A useful trick to know, one that can benefit both your skin and your stomach.
Speaking of delicious things that keep us safe from these flying pests, garlic is yet another thing to look out for. Just to prevent further misconception, eating garlic doesn’t repel mosquitoes, having it around does. Therefore, it might be worth your while adding it to your flower beds. Its leaves will fit right in and you will have one more home-cooked ingredient for your kitchen-shelf.
This herb is really something special. Apart from being used as an ingredient (surprise, surprise) it is also improving your garden by quite a bit. The most mysterious thing about it is that it is one of the flowers butterflies are strongly attracted to, while mosquitoes simply can’t stand being in its presence.
Finally, geranium is something you can easily plant in a pot and provide your home with a bit of this outdoors protection. Easy to maintain and beautiful to look at, this amazing wildflower really has it all.
As you can see, when it comes to protecting your garden and yourself from flying insects, you have quite the choice. This gives you freedom to combine it the way you want to and even find an additional purpose or two for most of them.