Use Your Garden to Prevent Mosquitoes
Summer is almost officially here! It’s finally that time of year for grilling in backyards and watching the stars at night. With all the warm weather, it’s also highly likely that you’re battling pesky mosquitoes! This year, you may want to think about combating these critters by using mosquito repelling plants in your garden. While there are a number of plants and flowers that will work, here are seven recommendations that you may want to consider.
Marigolds are the perfect flower to grow in pots and place around your patio. They emit limonene, a certain type of scent that mosquitoes don’t like. You can also use them for borders or near the front entrance to your home. You’ll appreciate their ability to grow easy and provide bright colors. The best part: marigolds repel other pests too!
Known for its woody scent, Rosemary is recommended as an excellent mosquito repellent. This herb grows best in warmer, dry climates and can be pruned into various sizes and shapes. You may want to use it as part of your borders.
Citronella grass has a distinct lemony scent that makes it a popular ingredient in a number of mosquito repellents. In fact, it’s probably one of the best plants to use if you want to repel insects. It’s low maintenance and likes to be planted in large containers.
Lavender is another herb known for its mosquito repelling scent. It does best when planted in an area where there’s full sun. This plant is drought resistant and is known for its use as an essential oil. While it’s a good plant for many climates, it will really thrive when planted in warmer areas.
A member of the mint family, catnip is easily grown just about anywhere. In fact, you should be aware that this plant is pretty invasive, and may try to spread into other areas of your garden. A study conducted at Iowa State found that it’s mosquito repelling properties are 10 times better than DEET, which is a chemical that’s often used in popular insect repellents.
Known for its pungent smell, basil is another herb that mosquitoes tend to avoid. It does best planted in full sun. Be sure to provide good drainage and keep it damp. You can explore different types of varieties and plant them alone, with other flowers or in containers.
Scented geraniums are another popular choice for repelling mosquitoes. They provide a strong fragrance and beautiful blooms. These plants prefer dry, sunny climates. However, they’ll do just fine in colder climates if you grow them in planters.
Local Exterminators Can Also Help
Planting these herbs and flowers in your garden this summer may help to repel pests, and they also add beauty and color. If you’re looking for a great DIY solution to support your other pest control treatments, consider planting the recommendations from Antworks this season! As always, we’re available for any pest control help you may need. Contact Antworks today!