Along with warmer temperatures and longer nights, summer also brings mosquitoes. With the rising concern of diseases such as West Nile and the Zika virus, it is more important than ever to protect yourself from the bites of these obnoxious bugs.
Plants That Repel Mosquitoes
Here is a list of some of the most useful plants for keeping mosquitoes at bay.
1. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil has a strong scent that wards off mosquitoes and many other bugs. The essential oil is commonly applied (along with a carrier oil of some type) directly onto the skin of humans and pets for protection.
This fragrant herb can easily be planted in your garden or in a small pot in your kitchen. It’s also a great herb to incorporate into any natural insect repellent.
3. Lemon Verbena
Another item that can be added to your garden, lemon verbena successfully repels mosquitoes. You can place some near doorways, windowsills, or in a pot on your outdoor table to ward off the bugs.
This herb not only has a relaxing and soothing smell, but it also successfully wards off mosquitoes, sandflies, ticks, midges, and more. You can easily find bug spray or lotion with eucalyptus in it.
5. Lemon Thyme
Because mosquitoes can’t stand the citrus smell, lemon thyme will keep them away. The best way to use lemon thyme for repellent is to crush some leaves and apply the juice to your skin (test a small section of skin before applying it all over!).
A sweet scent to humans, but found disgusting to mosquitoes, lavender is an excellent natural repellent. Keep lavender all over your backyard to keep mosquitoes away. You can also use pure lavender oil and apply it to the skin.
Mosquitoes cannot stand the aroma of mint, and it is another excellent option to add into your bug repellent or whatever lotion you use every day.
Another popular herb, clove is great to keep in the garden both to use in cooking and to keep mosquitoes away. Its oil can also be applied to the body.
You can utilize pressed garlic oil in your bug repellent, or sprinkle garlic around any outdoor areas that you may want to prevent mosquitoes from inhabiting. You can also add garlic to a yard spray and apply it as much as desired in your yard.
There is a component in catnip called nepetalactone that has been found to be even stronger than deet (up to 10 times stronger, in fact) in repelling mosquitoes.
11. Bee Balm
If you’re looking for a beautiful flowering plant, that just happens to work well at keeping mosquitoes away, then bee balm is an excellent choice. Crushing the leaves and releasing the fragrance will serve as a protective barrier against mosquito bites.
Another excellent herb just to keep on hand, basil is easy to incorporate into bug repellent, especially those geared toward mosquitoes.
Clearly, you don’t have to resort to chemical-laden repellents to protect yourself from a nasty mosquito bite. With the ever-increasing risks posed by mosquitoes, it is more important than ever to protect yourself, and these plants make it easier to do just that.