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Herbs to repel those mosquitoes!

We can all relate to pesky mosquitos invading even our most memorable summer nights. Swatting at legs and arms, these flying fiends can make it challenging to enjoy the great outdoors. But what if your own garden plants could help protect you from our buggy friends?

 

After turning to torches, candles and oils to keep mosquitoes at bay, now you can re imagine your garden to include plants with natural mosquito-repelling qualities.

 

Grow an Herb Garden

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Growing an herb garden is a fun summer treat, but did you know that several of the fresh herbs you can grow naturally repel mosquitoes?

 

Basil: This essential ingredient to delicious Italian recipes isn’t just a great way to garnish your favorite pasta dish. It also pro actively repels mosquitoes!

Mint: Some of us like fresh mint in our tea or to garnish our deserts. Lucky for us, mosquitoes find this herb less than refreshing.

Lemon Thyme: Just rub a few stems between your hands and the lemony scent given off by this plant is troublesome for mosquitoes. Planting lemon thyme for this reason alone is surely worth the effort.

Rosemary: A quintessential herb and staple in many kitchens, this herb helps provide a safe haven from mosquitoes on the attack. The scent alone will have them flying in the other direction.

 

Tip: Given their needs for various sunlight and water amounts, grow each herb in a separate planter if possible. Then you can scatter them around your yard or patio as you see fit. It will help keep insects at an arm’s length.

 

Herbs alone don’t have to be your only answer to this summer nuisance. These plants are a great way to add a little color to your mosquito-elimination strategy.

 

Marigolds: While visually appealing, marigolds aren’t typically known for their fragrance. Mosquitoes dislike this pungent plant as well and will steer clear. When planning your next vegetable garden, be sure to include some marigolds to prevent numerous other pests from destroying your source of fresh veggies for the summer. If you’ve already designed your garden, add in some marigolds to accent your current floral color scheme and deter bugs.

Ageratum: This little blue flower secretes a chemical used in many mosquito repellents. And since they’re relatively small, these plants are easy to add to a preexisting flower bed.

Chrysanthemums: Varieties of this timeless plant are countless, and all of them are excellent at keeping mosquitoes from feasting on those nearby. They also repel a number of other insects that may be harmful to your garden.

 

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