Repel Mosquitoes in Your Backyard Naturally
If mosquitoes are bugging you while you try to enjoy your garden, these tips on how to repel those bothersome, biting pests is for you!
Don't let these pesky bugs ruin your summer.
Important note: These tips on how to repel mosquitoes in your garden are not foolproof and should only be used a pest deterrent. In places where there are disease outbreaks caused by mosquitoes, stronger precautions and protections may be needed. Consultant your local health and environmental agencies on how to deal with mosquito-borne disease outbreaks.
Here are some tips on how to keep mosquitoes from bugging you as you savor the serenity of your own backyard this summer!
Groom your garden. Taking good card of you garden is the first step in reducing the mosquito population in your backyard. Tall grass attracts mosquitoes, so make sure that you are taking good care of your lawn by keeping it trimmed and taking a weed-whacker to grass that grows wild in other parts of your yard.
Plant strategically if you want to send mosquitoes on their way! In addition to keeping your garden properly maintained, the plants you choose to grow in your garden can also help ward off mosquitoes. No one will know that these attractive plants and herbs are doing double duty, helping to keep you and your guests from being devoured by hungry mosquitoes!
- Lavender is popular with humans for its healing and calming properties. Mosquitoes, on the other hand, don’t like the smell of lavender.
- Marigold is often planted in or near vegetable gardens to deter bugs who don't like the plant's smell. Mosquitoes don't like the smell of marigolds either. Plant marigolds in pots around your patio for a pop of color!
- Basil, especially lemon basil and cinnamon basil, are good for keeping mosquitoes from buzzing around your yard. For a quick, natural insect repellent while out in the garden, rub a few basil leaves on your skin. The plants natural oils will deter any nearby mosquitoes from bugging you while you enjoy your backyard.
- Lemon Balm helps to deter mosquitoes by giving off a strong, incense-like odor, similar to citronella grass.
- Rosemary plants help to repel mosquitoes. Throw a spring on the hot coals of your barbecue and you'll send the pests fleeing.
In addition to repelling mosquitoes, both lavender and rosemary are well-known mood boosters. So not only will your yard have fewer mosquitoes, the fragrant aroma wafting through the air will make you feel more calm and relaxed!
Sources: Six Plants that Repel Mosquitoes, www.canadiangardening.com; Repelling Bugs, Style at Home, August 2014
While citronella is quite a popular bug repellent, not everyone is crazy about the strong scent that citronella candles, diffusers, and sprays give off. A strong scent wafting across the picnic table may overpower food smells, which can be a turn-off to some. Also, citronella not only repels bugs, it can also repel dogs, not to mention the fact that citronella oil is toxic to them. So if you want Fido to join you on the patio while you socialize, citronella candles may not be the best option to help you repel mosquitoes.
If you want a fresher, crisper smelling bug repellent these lime and clove bug repellents will look quite stylish on your picnic table. They're easy to make and you don't have to worry about having an open flame on the table.
Don't give mosquitoes a chance to breed. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in still water where they hatch into larvae. After they mature, the larvae shed their skins beneath the surface of the water and emerge as flying pests ready to make a meal out of you! Keep your yard free of still water that can accumulate in puddles, ditches, sagging patio umbrellas and awnings, and plant pot saucers. Fill plant pot saucers with sand. If you have a bird bath, empty it daily and fill it with fresh water. If you have a backyard pond or water garden, a few beautiful koi will be happy to gobble up all those larvae before they have a chance to mature.
Do you believe that natural ingredients can be just as effective as chemical at repelling mosquitoes?
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