I'm not, by any means, saying that I'm ready for the winter weather again... but I will say I'm getting a little sick of getting eaten alive by mosquitos every time I step outside. Yes, I know I can put on some kind of bug repellant spray/ointment, but those always smell really funky. Luckily, there are several great plants that work to clear the area of these pesky blood-suckers naturally. While the benefits are greatly compounded by crushing the leaves of these plants, just having them around also seems to do the trick!
While humans can't get enough of the aroma and flavor of basil, mosquitos and flies despise it. Just place it in any sunny spot around your house and water occasionally. Plus, you can pluck it from time to time to make all kinds of deliciousness!
This is gonna make your cat very happy. Besides getting your cats buzzed, catnip also helps ward off mosquitos and has some pretty gorgeous white and purple flowers to boot.
3. Citronella Grass
You've probably already heard of citronella as a bug repellant in the form of citronella candles, bug sprays, etc. Those products all utilize the bug-banishing powers of the actual citronella grass itself. Plant it around your yard to help keep it clear of pests, but don't try to rub it directly to yourself - the concentrated oil can be quite irritating to the skin.
4. Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a cousin to mint and repels insects with its scent. It grows quickly and reseeds every year, however, so be sure to keep an eye on it to keep it from turning into an invasive pest in its own right.
5. Lemon Thyme
You may notice a trend here: all these plants smell amazing to humans, but mosquitos seem to hate them. Nice! Lemon thyme smells great and grows well in dry, sunny areas like garden pathways and rock gardens.
Mosquitos, like many other insects, depend on scent trails to find food. The fresh aroma of mint is beloved by people worldwide, but it messes with the mosquito's ability to sniff you out.
Most insects, other than bees, hate the smell of lavender. You can plant some in your garden, or hang dried lavender bunches around your home to keep pests away. Lavender's scent is known to be very soothing to humans, which only adds to the relief of not having to worry about bug bites anymore!
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