Try these natural solutions to ward off blood-suckers.
It’s official, North Texas: mosquito season is upon us. Whether you plan on hanging out on your apartment balcony or lounging by a backyard pool, it’s time to secure your own insect-free zone. Try cultivating these four plants that not only smell delicious, but can also help ward off blood-sucking pests this season.
The citronella plant is a leafy perennial with a strong lemony aroma that can grow up to 5 feet tall if you don’t keep an eye on it. This plant has a proven track record of repelling annoying mosquitos and other insects for more than 50 years. Citronella is a great plant to keep in a container on top of a picnic table or out on your balcony.
Everyone’s cat will be happy to hear that catnip is an exceptional mosquito repellent. Researchers have also found that catnip is a stronger than the chemical DEET, famously used in insect repellents. Catnip can thrive in a garden bed, but be cautious where you plant it because your cat will take advantage of these sprouts.
Marigolds are as powerful at deterring mosquitoes as they are beautiful. This plant contains pyrethrum, a natural insecticide found in many insect repellents. Marigolds are the perfect ornamental for warding off mosquitoes and can be planted around the pool or patio.
Just as with the lemony scent of citronella, mosquitoes can’t stand the smell of peppermint. Peppermint is an aggressive herb and can take over a garden easily in the right conditions, so a container is probably best for planting. If a mosquito does bite you, rub a few peppermint leaves on your skin for a soothing natural treatment.