So it’s time to bring out the lawn chairs and grill and really enjoy your yard or patio area, but what about those pesky mosquitoes? With the growing toxicity concerns of DEET in popular topical repellants, people are turning to natural alternatives. There’s nothing more natural than a plant that can help you prevent/repel mosquitoes from ruining your time in the great outdoors.
Our first recommended plant is one you’ve definitely heard associated with mosquito repellants. Citronella is a large perennial grass that can be propagated to other areas of your yard once it’s grown to a reasonable size making it one of the best options. The strong aroma of citronella overpowers the other scents (you) that attract mosquitoes and the potency of the actual plant beats any citronella-scented candle.
The next recommended plant is kitty-approved. Surprisingly enough, catnip may be up to ten times more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes. Catnip is a perennial herb that is very easy to grow. In addition to keeping the plant close by for its effectiveness, you can even rub crushed leaves directly on your skin. Caution: Your cat will react to you the same way it does to the plant.
Not all of our recommended plants are devoid of color. The strong odor of Marigolds makes it one of the most effective mosquito repellant plants. Marigolds are an annual plant that can be kept in pots near the entries to your home to help stop mosquitoes from venturing indoors. Two things to mention concerning Marigolds:
Marigolds repel common insects that attack tomato plants.
The bright Marigold blooms may attract wasps.
Visit the Plant Outlet today to pick up any of these recommended plants and fight back against the bloodsuckers. We’re here to help you improve your yard seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.