Mosquitoes are one of the most annoying insects, and with growing concerns over the Zika virus, the fight against these pests is more vigilant than ever. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to keep mosquitoes from invading your property. One naturally helpful strategy is to add mosquito repellent plants in and around your home and garden.
Here are the top 5 mosquito repellent plants:
- Citronella: Often referred to as the growing mosquito plant, citronella is a member of the geranium family. It’s actually the fragrance from a citronella plant naturally repels mosquitoes, not the actual plant. Citronella is best to plant in the spring and is perfect in our Valley’s microclimate, as it is fairly tolerant to summer stress.
- Marigolds: Again, it’s the distinct smell of the flowers that keep mosquitoes away. For greater effect, place potted marigolds in specific areas of your home where mosquitoes typically enter, such as your front or back porch, windowsills, and main entry and exit points around the home.
- Lavender: In addition to promoting relaxation, this herb deters mosquitoes from invading barbecues and outdoor gatherings. Place in pots around your yard or plant in garden beds. Crushed lavender flowers produce a fragrance and oil that works as a natural repellant.
- Catnip: Unless you’re a lover of felines and welcome visits from the neighborhood cats, it’s probably best not to plant catnip. This herb works best in close range to kill off pesky mosquitos. Crushed leaves act as an effective repellant, and even more effective are the oils from catnip, which are more powerful than DEET.
- Basil: This herb is just one of the few that does not need to be crushed to act as a natural repellant. Both lemon basil and cinnamon basil are two of the best varieties to plant in the fight against mosquitoes. Plus, basil is a great herb to grow in your garden and use to transform meals from bland to grand!
Bottom line? You are in luck. Bug & Weed Mart can help you.
Mosquitoes are challenging to control without knowing how to find their breeding sites, what to use for the larvae, and how to kill those adult mosquitoes that bite us. Visit any of our store locations, and speak with our staff for helpful advice and tips for your specific treatment needs.