If you live in a place where mosquitos are a problem, then you should pay serious attention to this article. Mosquito is a Spanish word that means “little fly”. The cute name hides a sinister side. Anyone who lives in a place where mosquitos are prevalent knows the horror of these pesky little critters.
Mosquitos are ectoparasites who feed off the blood of other animals. The amount of blood they usually consume is of no consequence to people, but their saliva does tend to make the bite location swell up and become itchy. As annoying as this is, it is also a relatively minor inconvenience compared to the fact that mosquitos transmit disease from one host to another and have been known to transmit malaria, yellow fever, Chikungunya, West Nile virus, dengue fever, filariasis, Zika virus and other arboviruses. As a result, the mosquito is the deadliest animal family in the world.
Landscaping To Deter Mosquitos
But fear not, there is something you can do to keep the mosquitos at bar and possibly save yourself from serious illness. There are certain plants that act as effective mosquito repellents when planted around your home and garden. Having these plants can keep the mosquitos away.
Basil: Boy do I love basil. There is basil right outside my front door. Not only does basil keep mosquitos at bay, but if you do get bit by a mosquito, taking a basil leaf and crushing it up and rubbing it on the bite will immediately stop the itching. The leaves are also great to cook with.
Garlic: speaking of things that are great to cook with. . . mosquitos do not like garlic. If you have a lot of allicin (garlic’s active anti-microbial ingredient) in your blood, mosquitos will refuse to eat your blood. According to some sources, garlic can even help eliminate West Nile Virus if you do get infected.
Catmint: An ornamental variety of Catnip, Catmint repels mosquitos and can be crushed and applied to the skin as an all natural mosquito repellent. But be warned, if you have cats, they will treat Catmint (and you) the same way they treat Catnip.
Lavender: Who doesn’t love the smell of lavender? Mosquitos, that’s who. Lavender is a great plant to have growing under windows, or around your back patio. It smells amazing, and keeps mosquitos away.
Marigolds: Marigolds make a good potted flower to have inside your home by windows or other places mosquitos can get in. They are also good to have around any tomato plants you have because they also repel insects that like to eat tomato plants. Unfortunately, the bright colored flowers can attract wasps, so beware of that (although wasps do eat the caterpillars that eat tomato plants as well…
Rosemary: Everyone needs rosemary around their home. It is not only a great landscaping bush, and a mosquito repellent, but it is great for cooking as well. In addition, you can make a rosemary spray or essential oils that offer direct skin mosquito repellent that has no harsh chemicals.
Work These Into Your Landscaping
Talk with a professional landscaper about how to work these amazing mosquito repellents into your existing landscaping to make your home mosquito free this summer.