Spring and summer bring tons of beautiful changes to the landscape. Nature is in full force during these months, and although it’s wonderful, it does mean the return of one creature nobody enjoys: mosquitos.
Mosquitos are notoriously pesky. Still, you can reduce their numbers through one of two strategies: The Chemical Solution or the Natural Solution.
The Chemical Solution: Use Toxic Sprays
Common mosquito repellants contain a chemical called DEET. DEET is regarded as one of the best mosquito repellents in the world, however it has potentially serious health effects to those who use it. A study conducted on Everglades National Park employees found that 25% of the subjects experiences serious health effects they blamed on DEET exposure. Symptoms included rashes, skin irritation, numb or burning lips, nausea, headaches, dizziness and difficulty concentrating.
Of course, being exposed to DEET in small quantities won’t lead to these serious health problems. Still, all that bug spray adds up for people who love the outdoors. Instead of depending on those dangerous chemicals, place your trust in healthy plants!
The Natural Solution: Use Nature’s Mosquito Repellant
We carry a lot pretty plants that serve as excellent mosquito repellant. Citronella and Lemon Balm stand out as the best at doing the job.
Generally, lemon scented plants do the best job of keeping mosquitos away. Citronella is known for this distinct scent. To boost their natural ability to repel mosquitos, grab rub the leaves to extract their oils and rub it over your body. Citronella plants are easy to grow as well! They’re not cold resistant, so we recommend planting them in planters. When it’s warmer you can plant it outdoors if you’d like.
Lemon Balm works similarly to citronella, but it has additional benefits that make in a versatile choice. It can be used to calm nerves, promote restful sleep, and reduce digestive stress. Whenever you’re readying to venture outdoors, crush a handful of leaves in your hand and rub them on your skin.
Lemongrass is a wonderfully scented plant that is often used in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. It is a long thick grass with leaves at the top and a solid portion several inches long at the roots end. You can use Lemongrass in all sorts of soups and sauces, so it serves far more purpose than just scaring away mosquitos. Lemongrass can reach about 4 feet in height, and has a beautiful, full growth habit, providing a wonderful accent for your garden.
Several common, popular plants do a great job repelling mosquitos! These plants look great in the garden, making them stellar dual purpose plants. Classics like marigolds and lavender each have unique scents that mosquitos hate. Marigolds can be placed near doors and windows to stop mosquitos from coming into your home. Insects that prey on tomatoes dislike marigolds just as much as mosquitos do, so consider placing those plants near one another.
Lavender has relaxing properties that make it ideal for an indoor repellent. Place it in a pot and use it in your bedroom window, and move it downstairs near your porch when trying to repel mosquitos. You can also just plant it outdoors for the full-mosquito repelling effect.
Even the common basil plant will help keep the mosquitos away. Lemon basil and cinnamon basil stand out as the best mosquito repellents, but all variations will help. Plus, you can still use the plant for it’s most common purpose: creating delicious dishes! Catnip is effective as well, especially if you crush its leaves.
Where can you find these plants?
At Dambly’s, of course! We carry all of these popular plants and offer them at a great price.
Nothing is worse than doing a ton of work preparing for big cookouts only to have the party crashed by mosquitos. By strategically placing these plants you can relax without constantly swatting away these pests. No more passing around bug-spray either, just good old summer fun.