The warmer weather is already upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already fired up that BBQ or attended a crawfish boil or two. Chances are, spending time outside enjoying the weather and good food has brought along some good company… and some not so wanted company. I’m talking mosquitos.
You don’t have to bathe in bug spray to ward off the mosquitos and you certainly don’t need to drown your lawn in pesticides either. Try installing some of these insect-repellant plants in your yard this summer so you can enjoy all of your outdoor festivities bite and mite free!
This lemon-scented grass is one of the most effective plants to ward off mosquitos. It is low maintenance and does best in warm sunny spots with filtered light. If you are planning on potting your citronella, make sure it has effective drainage and keep it watered every day. When shopping for your plant, make sure you are purchasing true citronella, Cybopogon nardus or Citronella winterianus. Other plants that are advertised as “Citronella plants” are generally scented geranium plants. These plants do not contain the oils that actually do the repelling.
While no pest control is fool-proof, there are ways to help keep your pest troubles down. In addition to growing the plants above making sure water doesn’t collect throughout your yard or garden should be high on your priority list. Mosquitos can lay hundreds of eggs in the smallest amount of stagnant water, which can mean big problems for you. Besides an itchy bite or a massive annoyance, mosquitos come with health concerns such as West Nile, Zika and heartworms in dogs. By implementing some of these practices, your backyard get-togethers should be pest free and fun!