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By Teresa Bigham/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYD COUNTY – With spring just around the corner so is the annoying buzzing of mosquitoes and the itchy bites that turn into irritating bump or worse. Yeap, mosquito season.
Mosquitoes can cause allergic reactions in many people and they also carry West Nile Fever. The risk of disease leaves many wondering how to naturally repel the pesty mosquitoes.in and around their home.
You can take a comprehensive approach to getting rid of these pests by using more natural mosquito repellent for the yard. Do you have doubts about using plants that repel mosquitoes? If you are like a lot of people, you may be unsure at first and wonder, “do mosquito plants really work?” Yes, they do. You just must know what types repel mosquitoes.
There are many plants that will get the job done, including herbs, flowers, grasses and even houseplants.
Let’s talk ornamental flowers that you may use. Citronella is probably one of the most common plant thought of when you think of mosquito repellant. This plant gives off a scent that mosquitos don’t like. You can grow this plant in containers or in your flower bed. They will need to be in an area that is well drained and in full sun.
Chrysanthemums or mums for short, are long blooming, easy to care for flowers that are also a natural mosquito remedy. They also repel ants, silver fish, ticks, fleas and spider mites. These plants grow to be three feet tall and bloom from spring to frost. They will also need full sun.
Marigolds are my personal favorite, but they are not for everyone since a lot of people do not like the scent of these flowers. Marigolds can be grown just about anywhere if they have full sun and kept moist. This plant not only repels mosquitos, but they repel aphids and rabbits. Making this an ideal plant to plant around a vegetable garden.
Moving to the herbs that can help repel mosquitos. Rosemary is a perennial and releases a wonderful scent and can be used in roasted meats. This is a hardy plant that will be full sun and be well drained.
Mint is another very popular herb. It smells sweet and is most people like the smell, but mosquitos do not. This can be grown full sun or part shade and will bloom in the summer.
Basil Is another spice with a dual purpose. Basil not only taste great in your favorite dishes, but they give off a strong scent that repels mosquitoes. This plant can be grown in planters or in flower beds. Basil grows best in moist, well-drained soil and full sun.
Lavender gives off a calming scent that repels mosquitos and other pests. This is a hardy annual plant that needs full sun, it will bloom in late spring through summer.
Don’t let mosquitoes keep you in doors this spring and summer. Find your favorite or two and enjoy your outside time pest free.