Mosquitoes can ruin a wonderful evening on the patio. With their buzzing and their biting, they can quickly banish you and your guests back indoors. But, did you know your garden can help repel mosquitoes naturally?
Plant some of all of the following six herbs and plants to help keep mosquitoes at bay.
There are a lot of reasons to love basil. Most notably, it tastes great! Having this growing beauty in your yard makes it easy and simple to add it to add a pop of flavor to any dish you want.
But, did you know basil also repels mosquitoes? To take the benefit of this plant even further, rub a few leaves over the exposed areas of your skin.
Peppermint is another fragrant herb that’s often a wonderful addition to food and cocktails. Its intense fragrance repels mosquitoes. According to the Malaria Journal this is because peppermint oil kills mosquito larvae.
Just be sure to plant your peppermint in a container. It’s extremely invasive and can easily take over your garden.
3. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is actually another member of the mint family. It gives off a scent of lemon with just a hint of mint.
Known for warding off mosquitoes, it also attracts ‘pollinators,’ like bees and butterflies. If you’re allergic to bees, you may not want to use this particular plant.
Clearly, we’re big fans of ‘edible gardens.’ But, what’s not to love about growing something that’s both beautiful and functional? While eating massive amounts of garlic will only repel people, planting garlic can help deter mosquitoes.
Lavender can help you naturally relax. It also can help keep mosquitoes from pestering you. For the most benefit, plant it in containers in and around your entertaining areas.
Citronella candles are often a go-to as mosquito repellants. But the plant also carries the same fragrance. To maximize its benefit, rub a crushed leaf on your exposed skin.