The summer heat is definitely here and mosquitoes are everywhere. When you are going to be active in the yard or camping, mosquitoes may be drawn to your bare skin, leaving behind bright, round welts. While commercial insect repellents containing DEET will keep mosquitoes away, they might be too strong for people with sensitive skin or undesirable to people who wish to reduce the use of chemicals in their lives. Good news is there are plants that can naturally repel these pesky mosquitoes.

Make sure your yard stays mosquito free this year by using some of these natural plant and flower repellents. Sometimes keeping the mosquitoes away is as easy as planting a certain type of flower or plant. The nice part is you can enjoy what you plant while it keeps the pests away from livestock and your family.

Marigolds

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Marigolds are exceptional mosquito repellers. You can plant them in the spring and summer. Make sure the get  full sunlight and fertile soil. If you plant the flowers in a pot or hanging basket, you can easily transfer them to where mosquitoes might be in the yard or even around your house.

 

Basil

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If you have an existing herb garden, basils are naturals when it comes to repelling mosquitoes. Even on its own in a flowerpot, move them to different areas of the yard. Basil does not only work well to keep stinging bugs away, it also has a pleasant aroma and can be grown effortlessly and inexpensively.

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Lavender

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Lavender oil is a usual ingredient in mosquito repellents you might buy from stores. Its strong smell of easily repels insects like mosquitoes because they dislike the scent it gives off. To keep the plant even longer, transfer some of it into a pot to reposition in your yard as needed.

 

Garlic

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What better way to repel a pest than with garlic? It’s not clear why garlic should be an effective and natural way to do it. It seems that one of its compounds allicin, which garlic releases are inimical to mosquitoes. They have therefore evolved to avoid garlic. Another possibility is that the strong smell of garlic also overwhelms the mosquitoes’ sense of smell and prevents them from finding their prey. The plant is also an antibacterial, meaning it will stop the spread of bacteria in your garden soil.

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Peppermint

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Not only is peppermint nice to look at, but has a strong enough smell that will keep mosquitoes away from you and your animals. Peppermint oil is another good way to repel insects which you can also make on your own. It’s safe to use on your skin and clothing.

 

Catnip

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Catnip is extremely repellent when it comes to mosquitoes. In fact, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. A research report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip which gives off its particular odor, is more or less ten times effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET. This is the compound used in most commercial insect repellents. For plants, spread its leaves by your home or where you keep livestock for extra protection against the insects.

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However, take note that some cats are very sensitive to the plant. If you have a cat or know of cats living in your area you may want to go with planting a different mosquito repeller to avoid having them rolling around in it or trying to eat the plant.

Have fun with planting and tell me your thoughts.