We’ve had lots of rain! My gardens are lush, green, and covered with blooms. But, with those rains, we are bombarded with mosquitos everywhere, buzzing in our ears and landing on our body. So, how can we banish mosquitoes? Battle plans include taking many actions.
Get rid of all standing water. Anything that can hold even the smallest amount of rain must be removed. Our dog bowls are easy targets. I’m frequently out emptying the water to add fresh. If not, hundreds of larvae frolic, waiting to hatch. Even plant trays are perfect breeding places so turn them over. Mosquito rings can be used virtually anywhere you have standing water. Be diligent!
Light repellent candles with scents like citronella, peppermint, and cedarwood. I’ve got 2 large, citronella pots placed strategically near the patio furniture. Scents and smoke do wonders.
Surround the area with mosquito-repelling plants. Place these plants into your garden and patio for their colorful and fragrant display, but also their ability to keep those uninvited mosquitoes out.
- A lovely fragrance which comes from the plant’s essential oils
- Tough and drought-resistant once established
- Needs full sun and good drainage
- Thrives in warmer areas
- Plant a pot and place strategically in a sunny location.
- An ornamental annual flower
- Emits a smell that deters mosquitoes
- Does well in pots, borders or the vegetable garden
- Most commonly used natural ingredient in mosquito repellents
- Does best in large planters and a sunny area in the ground
- Lemon is the favored scent for keeping mosquitos away
- Beautiful blooms with a strong fragrance
- Fast growing
- Likes warm, sunny, and dry climates
- From the mint family
- Very easy to take care of
- Can become invasive (Keep contained in a pot.)
- Found to be ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET
- An herb with a woody scent
- Does best in hot and dry climates
- Will thrive in containers
- Toss a few bunches of this herb on the pit when grilling
- An herb that keeps flies and mosquitos at bay
- Likes to be kept damp, needs good drainage, and enjoys lots of sun
- Plant in containers or in the garden
- All types of basil work as mosquito repellents
- Member of the mint family,
- Strong lemon scent
- Apply the crushed leaves to your skin for personal repellent
It’s time to take control of our own yards and protect it and ourselves . These uninvited squads of mosquitoes, can be controlled. Be on guard and prepare now. Get ready!