Just like so many other summer evenings, you’re having a great time outside until, once again, some uninvited guests arrive: mosquitos. From their constant buzzing to annoying bites, these pesky creatures are enough to soon drive you back inside your home.
But instead of simply giving up, why not fight back? By placing the right plants and herbs throughout your property, you may never have to worry about mosquitos again! Here are five of the most popular mosquito-repelling plants to incorporate into your landscaping.
Although popular for its calming effects, lavender’s mosquito-repelling tendencies are lesser-known. In fact, the plant’s flowery fragrance can hinder a mosquito’s ability to smell!
A hardy plant that especially thrives in warmer areas, lavender is very tough and drought-resistant. To use it as a natural mosquito repellent, place a few drops of lavender oil on your wrists or ankles.
Marigolds are a popular annual known for their vibrant colours and attractive smell – unless you’re a mosquito! That’s because pyrethrum, a compound found in many insect repellents, is naturally found in marigold flowers.
Besides mosquitos, they also deter aphids, thrips, whiteflies, squash bugs and more from hanging around your gardens. Plant them in pots and place them around your patio to repel the annoying insects.
Instead of using chemical-heavy citronella candles, try planting some citronella grass in large planters to keep mosquitos at bay. The distinct, lemon-scented plant is easy to grow and maintain but cannot withstand frost.
When purchasing your citronella plant, choose a natural variety like Cybopogon, Nardus, or Citronella winterianus to reap the best results. Plant it close to other repelling plants to optimize its efficiency.
You can even use citronella’s crushed leaves on your skin to create your own natural mosquito repellent.
As part of the mint family, catnip contains nepetalactone, a natural chemical that acts as both an insect repellent and feline attraction. It’s more effective at repelling mosquitos than store-bought bug sprays containing DEET!
Although it’s easy to grow and is effective at keeping mosquitos away, keep in mind that it may attract more cats to your backyard.
Commonly used in pesto and other tasty dishes, basil’s strong aroma deters mosquitos. The herb also attracts bees and enhances the flavour of other nearby plants.
There are multiple varieties of basil available, all of which keep flies and mosquitos away. To keep your basil healthy, keep the plant damp, well-drained and in plenty of sunlight. Grow the herb in pots and keep them on your outside table or mix it right into your garden.
A natural mosquito repellent can be made from basil by boiling fresh leaves and combining them with vodka. Mix thoroughly before applying to your skin with a spray bottle.
Planting mosquito-repelling flowers and herbs into your backyard is a great, natural way to extend your evenings outdoors. Combined with proper landscaping, your home’s backyard can become your own private oasis! Consult with our talented landscapers for more landscaping tips.