How To Keep Mosquitoes Away

Mosquitos are terrible little bugs that bite. They may be out at all times during the day or night and their bites leave most people with bumps that itch and sting. As if that is not bad enough, they are able to carry and spread diseases. The only true way to avoid them is to eliminate them. However, this is something that is difficult to do without the right tools. Mosquitoes bed in tall grass or leaves and breed in standing water. What is a person to do when they live near a pond or forest or during times when there is an excess of rain? They take action to keep mosquitoes away.

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Plants that Repel Mosquitoes

If you are looking for a way to get mosquitoes out of your yard, there are certain plants have natural properties that repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes do not like the scent of these plants and will stay away from them if at all possible. One of the most common and well known is the citronella mosquito plant. It is used in a lot of candles designed for outdoor use, bug spray, and more. There are other plants that can do it as well if you do not like the scent of citronella. They include horsemint, marigolds, ageratum, and catnip as well as others. You will have to find out which plants may stand a better chance of growing in your area. The downside is that if you live in an area that is heavily affected by mosquitoes, you may either need to have a lot of plants or double your mosquito control efforts.

Double the Mosquito Control

Along with having plants that repel mosquitoes, you will also want to eliminate any areas that may hold water. This means keeping your grass cut, keeping the yard raked, and eliminate any standing water. You may also consider getting a propane mosquito trap to maximize your mosquito control efforts. These traps are designed to draw mosquitos to them so that they can kill them. By drawing them away from where you spend most of your time outdoors, you will have fewer bites and over time, fewer mosquitos.

If you are interested in trying to make your home a less favorable place for mosquitos though, you need to start with mosquito repellent plants.

Citronella Geranium

Citronella Plant

You can purchase these large, potted, live plants that are 6”-10” tall. They are in pots and ideal for putting where you and your family plan to spend time outdoors. You can have them sitting on your patio, plant them in your yard, and more. They are easy to grow and can grow up to 4ft tall. You should move the plant indoors during the cold weather months. These are available online and should be available at your local nursery.


Creeping Lemon Thyme

Creeping Lemon Thyme

Not many people know it, but lemony scents are not something mosquitoes enjoy. That is why citronella oil is such a popular choice. This perennial plant has a high citronella oil content and it grows easily. You can grow them outdoors or indoors as long as you have a sunny area provided. It is also safe for use around kids or animals because it is often used as a cooking herb or a garnish.