The news has continuous warnings about the difficulties with this insect now. For us in the areas where it is prevalent, we do need to be conscious of all the difficulties the mosquito can conjure up for us humans and our animals too.
But myself, I refuse to use all those cans and bottles of spray-on chemicals. I'm not much on eliminating one possible problem health concern and acquiring another down the road in the future.
So yes, I did check into what I could plant to help deter this insect. And I'm happy to report, it seems to work!
So here's my list:
- Basil - The strong odor of cinnamon basil, genovese basil and lemon basil all reduce flying bug populations in the area.
- My cat garden bed never has mosquitos around it so I found out catnip has an essential oil which is actually stronger than the can of DEET.
- Lavender - The lavandula angustifolia, otherwise known as English Lavender variety is a known insect repellent
- Lemon Balm/ Lemon Sage/Lemon Grass - Each of these are effective in areas where there is a high concentration of the insects if you cut some of the leaves and just rub it on any exposed skin areas.
- Rosemary - make your own insect spray by adding 1 cup of DRIED fresh rosemary to a quart of water and let it slow boil for 30 minutes. Cool. Take a 1/2 qt. GLASS jar, add one qt. cool water and then strain in the boiled rosemary water. Pour a small amount into a sprayer bottle and use this as needed when you are outdoors. Keep the larger jar and the squirt bottle refrigerated when not in use. As long as the rosemary aroma stays strong the dilution is OK to use. As the aroma dissipates, use the formula to water your garden or compost pile and prepare a fresh batch for your family.
- If you enjoy camping or just sitting in the back yard with a campfire, throw some fresh sage on the coals.
- And lastly, I always have some fresh marigolds somewhere around my house, my doors and windows etc. Use the Cracker Jack variety and the Sparky Mix variety for the best results. Insects don't seem to like marigolds.
So if flying insects seem to be a problem in your area give these a try. I actually have all of them in my yard and garden so I can honestly say we don't ever really have a mosquito problem in my area. My neighbors though, they don't seem to be so lucky.