Summer is almost here, and we all are starting to enjoy our patios more and more. However, mosquitoes are already starting to be a little irritating. Did your know that is a natural way to help keep them away? There are variety of plants that you can plant in your garden that naturally repel mosquitoes.
Planting and growing mosquito repellent plants provides a great opportunity to get out in the garden and plant some plants which offer a perfect mix of beauty, fragrance and insect repellent functionality.
There are several ways you can use lavender to naturally repel mosquitoes. The most effective of these is to simply grind its flowers and apply to the areas of your skin where mosquitoes like to bite, such as your ankles and arms. Additionally lavender naturally repels mosquitoes by simply growing. For the best results, plant lavender around outdoor seating areas, pathways and near doorways and windows.
Penny RoyalPennyroyal helps to repel mosquitoes, gnats, ticks and flea! If you crush pennyroyal leaves and rub them onto your skin, this acts as an effective natural mosquito repellent.Additionally, you can also crush the stems and put them in pockets, bags and hats. Pennyroyal is great in the garden, but is best utilized as a natural mosquito repellent applied to the skin.
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Feverfew is great for repelling mosquitoes and other flying biting insects. It’s also great at revealing headaches and bloating. It is ideal for planting around outdoor seating areas, pathways and close to doorways and windows. To maximize the benefits, plant in conjuction with citronella grass and lavender and double up with these plants that repel mosquitoes.
Cintronella grass is one of the best mosquito repellent plants and it can be planted and used in a similar way as citronella candles, to keep flying insects away. Once the plant has matured, remove several of its leaves. Using your hands, rub the leaves together to crush them and release its essential oils. Rub these oils over your body. For added relief from these bothersome pests, sprinkle crushed citronella leaves around your outdoor seating area.
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Planting peppermint along outdoor seating areas, around windows or near doorways is an effective way to naturally repel mosquitoes and other bugs. To enhance the mosquito-repelling effectiveness of peppermint, pick several mature leaves from the plant. Mince the leaves into tiny pieces and scatter across your entire outdoor sitting area. You can also try rubbing a little of the minced leaves across areas of your skin where mosquitoes like to bite.
Marigolds are best used as a ‘companion plant” to help protect other plants. However, marigolds do also have some natural mosquito repellent properties, so it’s a bet of an all-rounder.Marigolds contain a chemical compound called thiopenes in the roots. This plant repels aphids, cabbage maggots, white flies and many other pests. Marigolds are particularly good at protecting tomato plants.
There are many other mosquito repelling plants too, all you have to do is look!. Many of these plants are beautiful and deserve a place in your garden. The fact they also act as a natural, safe and effective mosquito and other insect repellent properties, makes adding them to your garden an easy decision.