Mosquito-Repelling Plants

May 2, 2017 7:53 pm

02E94766Spring is in full bloom and the leaves and flowers are transforming the landscape into a gorgeous, colorful canvas. It’s the time of year for enjoying the outdoors, but there are some negatives that come with the season, such as allergies, pollen and pesky mosquitoes. Rather than loading up your skin with bug repellent, consider investing in some flowers and plants that will help ward off mosquitoes.

Marigolds – These bright orange and yellow flowers can increase the attractiveness of your landscape while repelling mosquitoes with their distinct smell. As a bonus to those with vegetable gardens, marigolds even repel insects that eat tomato plants.

Citronella – You may recognize the scent of citronella from many bug sprays or insect-repellent candles. Citronella grows as a leafy grass and can reach five to six feet in height.

Basil – Basil is a dual-benefit plant as the scent repels mosquitoes and it can also be used for cooking. Enjoy pesto dishes or try one of the lemon or cinnamon basil varieties to spice things up in the kitchen.

Lavender – The scent of lavender not only repels mosquitoes, but also moths and flies. To make this even more effective, try rubbing the plant on your skin to release the oils.

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